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Vic Fangio - 2010 Defensive Coordinator of the Year

Vic Fangio - Stanford University

coy-logo-2010-350x452FootballScoop is proud to announce that Vic Fangio (Stanford) is the 2010 FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year presented by SpeedTracs.

In his first season at Stanford, Vic Fangio’s defense held three PAC-10 opponents scoreless (UCLA, Washington, Oregon State), while the Cardinal broke a school record for wins in a season with eleven.

Stanford finished 11th nationally in scoring defense and currently led the PAC-10 in scoring defense. The Cardinal allowed just 44 points over the last final five games of the season. The most dominant performance of the year came against Washington when Stanford allowed just 107 total yards.

fangioactiveNot only was Fangio in his first year at Stanford, but defensive backs coach Derek Mason and defensive line coach Randy Hart also joined the staff last off-season. For the Stanford defense to perform as they did in the first year of a new system, with three new defensive coaches, really speaks volumes of the outstanding job Fangio did as the coordinator. Furthermore, the Cardinal did not have a single player recognized as First-Team All Pac-10, which makes the defensive success even more remarkable.

The Cardinal did an exceptional job at creating turnovers and eliminating explosive plays. Stanford recorded 29 takeaways on the season, while the defense allowed just 23 plays all season of 30+ yards (11th nationally).

Stanford has earned a trip to the Discover Orange Bowl, when the Cardinal will play Virginia Tech on January 3rd.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  The finalists (Fangio, Dick Bumpas - TCU, Jeff Casteel - West Virginia and Jim Heacock - Ohio State) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients determined the 2010 winners.

Previous winners of the Defensive Coordinator of the Year award are Nick Holt (USC, 2008) and Kirby Smart (Alabama, 2009).


11-1 overall record
Shutouts against UCLA, Washington & Oregon State
11th Nationally - Scoring Defense (17.8 PPG) 12th Nationally - Turnovers Gained (29)
24th Nationally - Total Defense (325 YPG) 31st Nationally - Third down defense (36%)

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