Riley Named George Munger Award Semifinalist
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley was named a semifinalist Wednesday for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club.
In his second season as head coach, Riley has led the Sooners to a 10-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking entering Friday’s regular season finale at No. 12 West Virginia. He has set a program record with 22 wins in his first two seasons, surpassing the previous standard of 21 wins by Barry Switzer in 1973 and 1974.
OU leads the nation in total offense (576.1 yards per game) and scoring offense (49.5 points per game), and ranks second in passing efficiency rating (199.6). The Sooners are the only team in the country this season with at least 30 rushing touchdowns (36) and at least 30 passing TDs (35).
Riley, who calls the offensive plays, has the Sooners’ offense on a historic pace. Oklahoma is averaging 8.8 yards per play this year, a figure that would break the FBS single-season record of 8.6 by Hawaii in 2006. The next highest average this season is 8.0 by Alabama, and the third highest is 7.4 by Georgia. OU also leads the nation with its 6.9 yards per rush, and ranks second by averaging 11.9 yards per pass attempt. No FBS team has ever finished in the top two nationally in both categories in the same year.
Oklahoma leads the country in yards per game this season despite ranking 108th out of 130 teams in plays per game (just 65.5). OU is also averaging 0.73 points per offensive play. Going back to 1996, the highest end-of-season figure was 0.69 by 2013 national champion Florida State. Four times already this season the Sooners have recorded at least 300 rushing and at least 300 passing yards in a game. The feat had only been accomplished six times in program history entering the year.
Semifinalist voting for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award will begin Monday, Nov. 26 and close Monday, Dec. 10. The finalist round will include the top three coaches as selected in the semifinalist round. Finalist voting will open Dec. 11 and run until Dec. 27. The winner will be announced Dec. 28. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head football coaches, sports information directors and select national media.
The formal presentation of the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award will take place at the Maxwell Football Club’s National Awards Gala on Friday, March 8, at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.
2018 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Semifinalists
Dino Babers, Syracuse
Bill Clark, UAB
Butch Davis, FIU
Luke Fickell, Cincinnati
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
Josh Heupel, UCF
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Mike Leach, Washington State
Lance Leipold, Buffalo
Jeff Monken, Army West Point
Ed Orgeron, LSU
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
Nick Saban, Alabama
Kirby Smart, Georgia
Mark Stoops, Kentucky
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Matt Wells, Utah State
Kyle Whittingham, Utah