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Good young kicker and solid coverage team. Tough to see him go.
Position: Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator
Experience: Fifth Year
Alma Mater: Purdue, 1982Bobby Williams is in his fifth season in Tuscaloosa as Alabama's tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. A veteran coach with both college and NFL experience, Williams is a member of head coach Nick Saban's coaching staff for the fourth time in his career, also working together at Michigan State, LSU and the Miami Dolphins.
Williams was a nominee for the 2012 Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the national assistant coach of the year. Alabama's tight ends combination of three-year starter Michael Williams and walk-on senior Kelly Johnosn performed well with 25 receptions for 200 yards and three scores. Place-kicker Jeremy Shelley is the only kicker in the nation yet to miss a kick, going 63-for-63 on extra points and hitting all 11 of his field goals. Punter Cody Mandell has turned in a career season with a 43.8 yards per kick average with 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and 12 punts of more than 50 yards.
In 2011, Williams' tight end duo of Brad Smelley and Williams combined for 50 receptions resulting in 547 yards for the Crimson Tide. Smelley recorded a team-best four receiving touchdowns, while Williams tacked on another two scores in 2011. On special teams, Marquis Maze ranked ninth in the nation and third in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 13.2 yards per punt return with one touchdown. Those numbers earned Maze a spot on the all-SEC second team as a specialist. Alabama ranked 19th in the nation in kickoff returns (24.1 ypg). The Tide allowed only 11 punts to be returned in 2011, for a total of 51 yards.
Williams was instrumental in the development of Preston Dial in 2010, as the senior had a breakout season under his tutelage. On top of his exceptional blocking abilities, Dial hauled in a career-best 25 passes for 264 yards and three scores. Williams also had an outstanding season as a dominating blocker on the edge in the Alabama running game while catching eight passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
The veteran coach had to replace both kickers in 2010 with the losses of Leigh Tiffin and P.J. Fitzgerald. Cody Mandell won the punting duties as a true freshman and averaged 39.2 yards per kick, knocking 13 inside the 20. Fellow freshman Cade Foster split field goal duties with sophomore Shelley. Foster drilled seven field goals, including five over 40 yards while Shelley handled the closer attempts. Trent Richardson ranked 29th nationally in kickoff returns and Marquis Maze was 16th in punt returns.
During the national championship season in 2009, Williams had to replace a pair of senior tight ends from the 2008 roster. The Alabama offense did not miss a beat as Colin Peek emerged as one of the team's top targets, earning second team Associated Press all-SEC honors with 26 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns.
Williams also oversaw 2009 Lou Groza finalist Leigh Tiffin at place-kicker. Tiffin earned first team AP All-America status. Javier Arenas set the SEC career records for punt return yards and touchdowns. Punter P.J. Fitzgerald had a career season for the Tide in 2009 by averaging 41.5 yards per kick, with 19 inside the 20-yard line.
The special teams in 2008 were a big weapon for the Tide under Williams. Arenas broke two punt returns for touchdowns, Tiffin was a Groza Award semifinalist and connected on 20-of-29 on field goals while Fitzgerald had a then-career-best average of 41.1 yards per punt with 15 inside the 20. Tight ends Nick Walker and Travis McCall combined for 23 starts, the best seasons of their career in terms of production.
Williams spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the running backs coach with the Dolphins. In his first season, Miami averaged 118.6 yards rushing per game, the second-best figure by the team from 1985-2005.
In 2004, Williams served as the associate head coach/wide receivers coach at LSU, where he coached a pair of future NFL first-round picks in Craig Davis and Dwayne Bowe. Davis and Bowe ranked in the top 10 in the SEC for both receptions per game and receiving yards per game in 2004. Prior to LSU, Williams had a one-year stint with the Detroit Lions as wide receivers coach in 2003.
Williams followed Saban as the head coach at Michigan State and served in that post from 2000-02. He led the Spartans to a victory over Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl after the 1999 season, in his first game as the school's head coach. He also guided Michigan State to a 7-5 mark in 2001, his second full season as head coach. That season culminated with a victory over Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic, as he became the first coach in Michigan State history to lead his team to victories in his first two bowl appearances.
He previously was an assistant on the Spartans staff from 1990-99, during which time he tutored the running backs under Saban. Spartan backs produced nine individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons in Williams' 10 years in that post, including T.J. Duckett, Atlanta's first-round draft choice in 2002.
Williams earned his start in coaching as running backs/defensive backs coach at Ball State from 1983-84. He followed that with a five-year stint(1985-89) as offensive backfield coach at Eastern Michigan.
Williams is a 1982 graduate of Purdue, where he earned his degree in general management and was a four-year letterman for the Boilermakers. He started his career at running back before moving to the secondary and starting in his final three seasons. A tri-captain as a senior in 1981, Williams was a part of three bowl teams as a player. He then served one year (1982) as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. A native of St. Louis, Williams and his wife Sheila have a daughter Nataly and a son Nicholas, a wide receiver for the Crimson Tide.
Position: Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Experience: 18th Season
Alma Mater: Kansas State '94__Former All-American punter and long-time staff member Sean Snyder is in his second season as the Wildcats' Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator and Director of Football Operations.
The former Consensus All-American enters his 18th year as a member of the Kansas State staff and hissecond as a full-time assistant coach. Snyder will also continue his role as Director of Football Operations, a position he has held the past 16 years.
Last year, K-State was among the nation's best in kickoff returns as true freshman Tyler Lockett earned Walter Camp All-America honors after leading the nation with his 35.2-yard average. Punter Ryan Doerr was also a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, while place-kicker Anthony Cantele returns for his senior season in 2012 as a potential All-Big 12 and Lou Groza candidate.
Snyder received his start as a part-time assistant coach with the Wildcats in 1994 and served in that capacity until 1996, when he began focusing his efforts on the administrative side of the program as the Director of Football Operations.
In 1999, Snyder was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations. He was named Associate Athletics Director in 2001 and Senior Associate Athletics Director in 2010.
A member of Kansas State's inaugural Ring of Honor Class in 2002, Snyder was one of the program's most prolific punters during his playing days at K-State from 1991-92.
As a senior, Snyder earned first team All-America honors from The Associated Press, Kodak and Athlon's after averaging a school-record 44.7 yards per punt. In 1991 he was tapped as the Big Eight Defensive Newcomer of the Year after averaging 40.5 yards in his junior season.
A first team All-Big Eight selection in 1992 after earning honorable-mention honors in 1991, Snyder was also selected to play in the 1992 Blue-Gray Game.
K-State's Special Teams MVP in 1991 and 1992, Snyder held K-State's record for punting average in a career (43.0) before having it broken by James Garcia in 1998, while his 3,572 punting yardage in 1992 still remains a school record.
Following his collegiate career, Snyder signed a free agent contract with the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993 and the following year with the San Diego Chargers.
Sean earned his bachelor's degree from K-State in money and banking in 1994. Married to the former Wanda Boyett, the couple has three children, daughter Katherine, and sons Tate and Matthew, and one grandchild, D.J. Tate is a redshirt freshman linebacker for K-State.
Kansas State has ridden college football's most explosive return unit to a 10-1 record and the driver's seat in the Big 12 title race. The Wildcats rank second in the nation with an average of 29.5 yards on 28 returns, putting them within striking distance of the NCAA record 28.7-yard average for a minimum of 35 returns.
The Wildcats have two separate players averaging close to 35 yards per return, with four returns of 50 yards or longer, including two touchdowns. An equally dangerous team to punt to, Kansas State leads the nation in punt returns, averaging nearly 23 yards on 15 returns.
Over half of KSU's punt returns (six) have gone for more than 30 yards, including one touchdown. Snyder's unit ranks among the FBS's top 10 in field goal kicking at 18-of-21 on the season. At 56-for-56 on the season, Kansas State has the most successful PAT attempts without a miss in college football.
The Wildcats have punted 36 times and have surrendered just 15 yards on four punt returns for the entire season, tied for the fifth-fewest total yards in college football.
Code:Key stats 1st in Punt Returns (22.87 YPR) 2nd in Kickoff Returns (29.5 YPR) 5th in Fewest Punt Return Yards Allowed (15) 5th in Field Goals (18 of 21) 1st in Successful PATs without a miss (56)
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Having trouble recalling how many punt/kick returns for TDs we've given up in recent history... Anyone got the info?
I remember when Vinny got canned. I went out, treated myself to a steak, and had a few beers. Bars beware, Bang may have to have his stomach pumped tonight
See ya Danny boy, thanks for the memories
"Washington strolled to the NFC championship, outscoring their two playoff opponents by a combined total of 48 points. Their domination was more than impressive, it was historic. The 1991 Redskins boasted the largest average margin of victory among all Super Bowl champions."
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lol, Bang's reaction was priceless. You guys forced it on him, though... he was just saying it would be a wash to him this year if Danny left in another thread.
Anyway, I'm a tiny bit sad to see him go. I thought he was victimized by poor personnel and depth here more than any other coach and thought that once we had NFL-type depth he'd do better, and he did. I also know that he was HUGE for our clock management and that was one of the reasons so many head coaches respected him.
That being said, I'm excited to see if we can bring a guy in here who can really elevate our return game without losing the consistency in coverage Danny brought us.
Last edited by thesubmittedone; January-30th-2013 at 10:13 PM.
Originally Posted by Mike Shanahan
I've never been so happy about an assistant leaving outside of the linebackers coach under Gibbs 2.
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