Tuesday November 20, 2012Dan Quinn Named Finalist for FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year
University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has been named one of five finalists for the FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year, announced by the web site on Tuesday.
Quinn has led the Gators defensive unit to prominence this season, as the they are currently lead the nation in pass efficiency defense (91.76) and sixth in run defense (95 ypg.). Florida ranks fifth in total yardage allowed and have been on the field for more snaps than any other defenses (728 plays). The Gators have scooped up 24 turnovers, 19th best in the nation, including 16 interceptions which ranks 10th in the country. Florida has yielded 11.7 points per game to rank third nationally in scoring defense and fourth in total defense (281.0 ypg.). The 11.7 points per game allowed is the Gators’ lowest total since 1964 when they averaged 9.8.
UF is currently ninth in the nation in turnover margin this year at +13 and the 24 turnovers are the most since 2010. They have allowed just three opponent touchdowns in its last 14 red zone trips and have held its last three foes, and six overall, to less than 100 yards in games against the Orange and Blue this season.
The Gators have also been able to keep a lid on explosive plays against some very good offensive competition, ranking in the top ten in opponents explosive plays of 10-plus, and 20-plus yards, and leading the nation in opponent's plays of 30-plus yards allowing just seven on the season. UF is only one of two units in the nation that have not allowed single rush of over 30 yards all season.
Quinn joins an elite list of defensive coordinators on the list including Bob Diaco (Notre Dame), Derek Mason (Stanford), Kirby Smart (Alabama) and Mark Stoops (Florida State). Finalists were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The winner will be chosen by the previous winners of the award and will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4th.