Bumpas Named Nation's Best Defensive Line Coach

Dec. 15, 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU's Dick Bumpas has been named by FootballScoop.com as college football's 2008 Defensive Line Coach of the Year.

A finalist for the Broyles Award as the National Assistant Coach of the Year, Bumpas is in his fifth season with the Horned Frogs.

All four of TCU's starting defensive linemen were named All-Mountain West Conference this season. In addition to All-American Jerry Hughes, seniors Cody Moore and Matt Panfil enjoyed their best seasons in 2008 and were both second-team All-MWC selections. James Vess was an honorable-mention pick.

Vess is the only starting defensive lineman who played exclusively at that position in high school. Hughes and Moore were running backs, while Panfil was a safety.

In addition to being the MWC Defensive Player of the Year this season, Hughes was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. He tops the nation with 14 sacks and six forced fumbles while placing in the top 10 with 18.5 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Hughes also has two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.

TCU ranks No. 1 in the nation in run defense (48.7 yards per game) while placing second in total defense (215.1 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.9 points per game) and third in sacks (41). The Horned Frogs are fourth in pass efficiency defense (96.6).

Bumpas was nominated by his peers and was selected by a panel of former coaches and players. He will receive his award at the AFCA Convention in January.



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