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Frank Verducci

Frank Verducci

  • Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator

 

Coaching Experience

2011 Florida (Offensive Line)
2010 St. Louis Rams (Pro Personnel)
2009 Notre Dame (Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator)
2007-08 Cleveland Browns (Offensive Assistant)
2005 Buffalo Bills (Offensive Line)
2004 Buffalo Bills (Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line)
2002 Dallas Cowboys (Offensive Line)
2001 Cincinnati Bengals (Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line)
1999-2000 Cincinnati Bengals (Tight Ends)
1995-98 Iowa (Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator)
1992-94 Iowa (Offensive Line)
1989-91 Iowa (Assistant Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator)
1987-88 Northwestern (Wide Receivers)
1985-86 Iowa (Graduate Assistant)
1984 Northern Illinois (Running Backs/Strength & Conditioning)
1981-83 Maryland (Tight Ends)
1980 Colorado State (Graduate Assistant)

 

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Owns 29 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL levels to the offensive line coach position at Florida, having coached several Pro Bowlers and All-Americans throughout the course of his career.
  • In his first year of coaching the offensive line at Florida, helped the offense average 143.0 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry.
  • Tutored Chaz Green to Freshman All-American Honors in 2011.
  • Also helped lead Florida running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey to 2,470 and 2,464 career rushing yards, respectively  to rank ninth and eighth in the Florida record book for career rushing yards.
  • Offensive line coach of the 2009 Notre Dame team that had the second-most passing yards in school history with 3,882. Coached two offensive linemen that were selected in the NFL Draft and made active rosters.
  • His offensive line helped pave the way for Gator great Emmitt Smith to break the all-time NFL rushing record in 2002, and Verducci was also on the Bengals’ staff when Corey Dillon set the NFL’s single-game rushing record (since broken) with 278 yards against the Denver Broncos in 2000.
  • Iowa’s career, single-season and single-game rushing records were all broken under Verducci’s watch, along with the Hawkeye record for fewest sacks allowed (10 in 1994).
  • In 2007 with the Cleveland Browns, Verducci helped the team to its best season in years as the Browns amassed 10 wins (most since 1994) and finished eighth in the league in total offense (best since 1981). Verducci assisted with an offense that sent four players to the Pro Bowl, including tackle Joe Thomas, who became the first Browns offensive lineman ever named to the Pro Bowl.
  • During Verducci’s time in Cleveland, Jamal Lewis posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, becoming the first Browns back to do so in 27 years. Buffalo running back Willis McGahee gained more than 1,100 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons in the NFL and scored 18 combined touchdowns, with Verducci part of the offensive line coaching staff.
  • Verducci spent two years with Buffalo, one year as an assistant offensive line and tight ends coach in 2004 before being promoted to offensive line coach in 2005. He worked closely with tackle Jason Peters (2007 Pro Bowler) who started 10 games in 2005, including each of the final nine contests.
  • With the Cowboys, Verducci worked with three Pro Bowl offensive linemen: guard Larry Allen, guard Andre Gurode and left tackle Flozell Adams.
  • From 1989-98, worked for Hayden Fry as the Iowa offense averaged 171.5 rushing yards per game during his decade in Iowa City.
  • Fourteen of his offensive lineman at Iowa went on to make NFL rosters and six players were named first-team All-Big Ten performers. In 1992, center Mike Devlin was selected the Big Ten Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-American. Offensive tackle Ross Verba was a first-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1998.
  • Helped guide the Hawkeyes to six bowl games during his decade in Iowa City (one Rose Bowl, one Holiday Bowl, two Alamo Bowls and two Sun Bowls). Also served as a graduate assistant at Iowa from 1985-86 when the Hawkeyes attended the Holiday Bowl and Rose Bowl.
  • Three of the 10 best single-season rushing totals in Iowa history occurred with Verducci as offensive line coach, and five of the top eight individual single-game rushing performances happened between 1989-98.
  • Has coached under four Hall of Fame coaches: Jerry Claiborne (Maryland), Bobby Ross (Maryland), Hayden Fry (Iowa) and Dick LeBeau (Cincinnati Bengals).

 

Prominent Players Coached

CLEVELAND BROWNS:

  • T JOE THOMAS – Starting left tackle since his first NFL game, earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his first three seasons.

DALLAS COWBOYS:

  • G LARRY ALLEN – Earned 11 Pro Bowl selections, more than any other offensive player in Dallas Cowboys history.
  • T FLOZELL ADAMS – A five-time Pro Bowl honoree.
  • C ANDRE GURODE – Pro Bowl center who in 2002 was the first rookie center to start for the team in 13 years.

BUFFALO BILLS:

  • T JASON PETERS – An undrafted rookie who came to Buffalo in 2004 and developed into a Pro Bowl left tackle.

IOWA:

  • T ROSS VERBA – First-team All-Big Ten and first-round draft pick who went on to a nine-year NFL career with 113 career appearances.
  • C MIKE DEVLIN – Big-Ten Lineman of the Year and first-team All-American selection who went on to a seven-year NFL career.
  • C CASEY WEIGMANN – Made 27 starts at Iowa and has played 15 seasons in the NFL with 211 games played, 184 starts and was a 2008 Pro Bowl honoree as a member of the Denver Broncos in his 13th season. Started all 16 games every season since 2002 and currently plays for Kansas City.
  • G MIKE GOFF – First-team All-Big Ten player who helped Iowa lead the conference in rushing as a senior in 1997 and went on to a 12-year NFL career.

NFL Draft Picks Coached in College (Round Drafted)

  • TE John Tice (3rd) – Maryland ’83 – New Orleans Saints
  • TE Ferrell Edmunds (3rd) – Maryland ’88 – Miami Dolphins
  • T Rob Baxley (11th) – Iowa ’92 – Phoenix Cardinals
  • C Mike Devlin (5th) – Iowa ’93 – Buffalo Bills
  • G Scott Davis (6th) – Iowa ’93 – New York Giants
  • G Fritz Fequeire (6th) – Iowa ’95 – Denver Broncos
  • T Ross Verba (1st) – Iowa ’97 – Green Bay Packers
  • T Mike Goff (3rd) – Iowa ’98 – Cincinnati Bengals
  • G Eric Steinbach (2ns) – Iowa ’03 – Cincinnati Bengals
  • C Bruce Nelson (2nd) – Iowa ’03 – Carolina Panthers
  • G Ben Sobieski (5th) – Iowa ’03 – Buffalo Bills
  • T Sam Young (6th) – Notre Dame ’10 – Dallas Cowboys
  • C Eric Olsen (6th) – Notre Dame ’10 – Denver Broncos

Personal Information

  • Birth date: March 17, 1957
  • Hometown: Stocktons Wing, N.J.
  • Education: 1980 – Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall
  • Family: He and his wife, Noel, have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Cameron

Bowl Games as a Coach

  • 1982: Aloha Bowl
  • 1983: Citrus Bowl
  • 1986: Rose Bowl
  • 1986: Holiday Bowl
  • 1991: Rose Bowl
  • 1991: Holiday Bowl
  • 1993: Alamo Bowl
  • 1995: Sun Bowl
  • 1996: Alamo Bowl
  • 1997: Sun Bowl
  • 2011: Gator Bowl
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