Home Depot Award: Gene Chizik
After taking over for Tommy Tuberville in 2009, Chizik has led the Tigers to a 21-5 record. During his first year as the coach of the Tigers, he led them to an 8-5 record, including a 38-35 Outback Bowl win over Northwestern. After bringing in an outstanding recruiting class that included the number one running back in the nation, Michael Dyer, Chizik’s Tigers exploded onto the national scene in 2010. Finishing the season ranked sixth in points-per-game and seventh in the nation in offensive yards-per-game, Chizik’s offense was unstoppable with players like junior quarterback Cam Newton and Dyer in the mix. The defense was also impressive, playing well in arguably the toughest conference in the NCAA. And to put the icing on the cake, his players were honored with five post-season awards, including the Heisman Memorial Trophy.
With a 13-0 record, SEC championship, and #1 BCS ranking at the end of the 2010 regular season, Chizik’s Tigers are now headed to the Tostitos BCS Championship Game to take on the #2 Oregon Ducks in hopes of capping off their tremendous season as national champions.