The wait is over for BYU fans. Who was going to replace Ty Detmer? Jeff Grimes is BYU new offensive coordinator, and it has many Cougar fans excited about the future. Who is Jeff Grimes though? He helped lead one of the nations top rushing attacks in the country the last few years as LSU Tigers Offensive line coach and Run game coordinator. Let’s take a deeper look at how he’s done durring his time as a run game coordinator (RGC).
Grimes has been a RGC for 3 different schools over 9 years. 2001-2003 Arizona st Sun devils 2007-2008 Colorado Buffalo’s, and 2014-2017 LSU Tigers. He’s coached NFL RB’s Leonard Fournette He’s also coached future NFL prospect Derrius Guice. In his nine seasons as a RGC, he’s had five seasons where running backs rushed for over 1,000 yards. Let’s dig a little deeper into the numbers
His first year at ASU 167.1 yards per game. Delvin Flowers ran for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2002, the Sun devils had three Runningbacks rush for over 300 yards. Not huge numbers but Grimes offensive line was consistent
His next stop as a RGC was with another P5 program the Colorado Buffalo’s. He was a part of Dan Hawkins staff. His first year in 2007 The Buffs produced a very solid 1,949 rushing yards with an average of 144.2 yards per game. They found the endzone 19 times that year on the ground. Their leading rusher was Hugh Charles who went over a thousand yards with 1,058 yards that season.
The next year in 2008 the Buffs continued their strong run game accumulating 1,525 yards on the ground with an average of 124.5 rushing yards per game. They scored 10 TD. Rodney Stewart led the Buffs with 622 rushing yards that year.
On to LSU where Grimes had his most success as a RGC. His teams simply dominated up front and in the run game. In 2014 the Tigers Rushed for an astronomical 2,919 yards. 224.5 rushing yards per game, and the Tigers rushed for 25 touchdowns that year. Leonard Fournett led the team in rushing with 1,034 yards
In 2015 the Tigers went over 3,000 yards rushing 3,363 to be exact. 256.8 yards per game, and 36 yes that’s right 36 touchdowns. Leonard Fournett led the team with 1,953 rushing yards and 6.5 yards per carry. This is an incredible feat to rush for this many yards in a 13 game season.
2016 the Tigers didn’t slow down. with 2,796 rushing yards and 233.2 yards per game. The Tigers had not only had a massive season they had 30 rushing touchdowns. This team can simply pound it. Derrius Guice led the tigers that season with 1,387 rushing yards. Oh yeah that guy Leonard Fournett had 847 yards.
Last year in 2017 The Tigers dominated again . 2,529 rushing yards, 210.8 yards per game and 25 touchdowns. Guice led the team again with 1,153 yards rushing. They’re good. BYU fans saw that first hand.
When it’s all said and done,in my opinion, BYU hit a homerun with this hire. It’s not the flashy pick. BYU won the press conference last hire when they Hired Ty Detmer. They made the right hire with Jeff Grimes.