Dec. 17, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - FootballScoop announced Wednesday that Burton Burns (Alabama) has been named college football’s 2008 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year powered by Muscle Milk®.
A group of highly productive running backs led by veteran coach Burton Burns helped lead Alabama to a 12-0 regular season. Give credit to Burton Burns for helping establish such a strong run game identity. Burns found a go-to player in Glen Coffee, developed depth with true freshman Mark Ingram, and created a solid rotation of backs to help Alabama win the SEC Western Division.
The Alabama running backs protected the football, ran extremely hard, played physical football, and stood strong in pass protection. Alabama allowed just 1.31 sacks per game in part due to the thorough understanding of the offense and toughness of the Crimson Tide running backs. It’s hard to imagine that Burns could have gotten much more out of his group than he did. These guys were productive from game one through the SEC championship game.
Junior running back Coffee led the SEC in the regular season with 117.1 yards per game on the ground, finishing the regular season with 1,347 yards. True freshman Ingram played very well and finished the season averaging 54 yards per game. When reserve running back Roy Upchurch did play, he played well and was often praised by the staff.
Burns was nominated by his peers and was selected by a panel of former coaches and players. Other finalists for the 2008 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year powered by Muscle Milk® were Curtis Luper (Oklahoma State) and Cale Gundy (Oklahoma).