Division 2 Coordinator of the Year
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Arkansas Tech won 9 games including a 1st round playoff win over UNC-Pembroke, behind one of the most highly powered offensive attacks in D2 football. Under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Scott Preston, Tech quarterback Nick Graziano became a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top player in D2 football. Graziano threw for 38 touchdowns, while the Tech offense averaged an impressive 527 yards per game (2nd nationally).
Preston’s offense led the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage at 59.6%. How impressive is that 59.6% conversion rate? It was the highest rate for a team in D1, D1-AA, D2, or D3. Only six D1 teams finished above the 50% rate on the season. Five D2 teams finished above 50%.
Coach Preston told FootballScoop, “This is my third season here and the guys really have embraced this offense. We have a great coaching staff and they should all share in this award. I would like to thank FootballScoop for all that they do for coaches and I also want to thank Muscle Milk® for sponsoring this great set of awards.”
Arkansas Tech averaged 40.7 points per game (5th nationally), allowed just 0.83 sacks per game (5th nationally), and threw for 386 yards per game (3rd nationally). Both Landon Turner and Frantz Simeon finished in the top 10 nationally in receptions per game.
One opposing coach told us, “They run a lot of plays…get a lot of plays started to let their wide outs make plays. The screen package is solid. It was really tough on us. Coach Preston is doing a really nice job.”
After consecutive 5 win seasons, Arkansas Tech finished this season 2nd in the Gulf South Conference, losing twice to perennial power North Alabama and once to West Alabama.
Preston was nominated by his peers and was selected by a panel of coaches, former coaches, and previous winner. Other finalists for the award were Bob Crocker (Nebraska-Kearney - defensive coordinator) and Joe Lorig (Central Washington – defensive coordinator).
Preston will receive his award at the AFCA Convention in January and will receive a complimentary supply of various Muscle Milk® and CytoSport products.