I’m stealing an idea from SEC blogger Chris Low, and will begin a series highlighting one assistant coach from all 12 ACC teams.
This will feature the one assistant on the staff who has the most difficult task this fall. It could be because he was just hired, because the group he is coaching is inexperienced, or because his players will have an integral role in determining the team’s success. Or, it could be all of the above (see below). Regardless of the reason, all eyes will be on him and his players in 2011.
We’ll start with Boston College:
Coach: Kevin Rogers
Position: Offensive coordinator
Experience:He spent the past five seasons as quarterbacks coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He is entering his 37th year in the coaching profession, including 28 of which have been spent at the collegiate level. His resume includes stints at Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Notre Dame, Navy and his alma mater, William & Mary.
Of note:When it comes to coaching quarterbacks, Rogers can name-drop with the best of them: Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick. Randall ended his career in 2004 with ACC Player of the Year honors. Vick led the ACC in pass efficiency and the Hokies led the conference in scoring offense at 33.8 points per game with a league-best 51 touchdowns. During Rogers' tenure, the Hokies compiled a 39-14 record, won the ACC title in 2004 and played in the first ACC Championship Game in 2005. Rogers’ career began as a graduate assistant at Ohio State under the legendary Woody Hayes in 1977-78.
His challenge:Inject life into BC’s offense. It wasn’t exactly a mystery what Boston College was going to last season. With inconsistency and inexperience plaguing the quarterback position, the offense has literally run through Montel Harris. Even with the ACC’s leading rusher, though, Boston College ranked No. 90 in the nation in rushing offense. The Eagles finished No. 97 in passing offense, No. 109 in both scoring offense and total offense. There’s only one way to go: up. Boston College should take a natural step forward at the quarterback position now that Chase Rettig, who was thrown into the fire as a true freshman last season, has some experience. BC’s defense was once again outstanding last season, among the best in the country. It could and did win games for Boston College. But it needs more help from the offense, and that’s what Rogers was hired to do.