Now at Rutgers, Ralph Friedgen earns national honor

Former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator had a successful debut as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers. (AP photo)

Former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator had a successful debut as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers. (AP photo)

Georgia Tech fans might be longing for the days of Ralph Friedgen, but he has a new job.

Friedgen is no longer a head coach, like he was at Maryland. He’s returned to scheming offenses, which is what he did twice at Tech, the first time from 1987-91 and the second from 1997-2000.

He was the Jackets’ offensive coordinator when they won a share of the national title in 1990 and was back there when they went 10-2 in 1998 and averaged more than 225 yards rushing and 283 yards passing  a game in ’99 with Joe Hamilton at QB (It would be fun to watch him in today’s spread offenses).

Friedgen is the Athlon Sports National Coordinator of the Week after Rutgers defeated Washington State 41-38 in his first game as offensive coordinator.

He obviously had Mike Leach’s defensive staff befuddled.

Rutgers had 496 yards of offense, with 281 throwing and 215 rushing, using with what was described as a generic pro-style offense and game plan. No matter. RB Paul James rushed for 173 yards and three TDs and WR Leonte Carroo had 151 yards on six catches.

Rutgers and Auburn were the only teams to have a player with more than 170 yards rushing and another with 150 yards receiving this past weekend.

“I was pleased,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood told The Trentonian. “It looked like what I think a pro-style offense should look like. You saw the multiplicity of formations and personnel. … I was really pleased with the mixed of runs and play-action, empty sets, bunch sets. I think there were a lot of things that defenses are going to have to defend.”

Friedgen is now 67 and is Rutgers’ fourth offensive coordinator in four years, but it took two calls from Flood to coax him into coming to take the job.

 


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