Monday, December 6, 2010

Chip Kelly Wins Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Chip Kelly of Oregon has been named the 2010 Eddie Robinson coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America.

Kelly (pictured here with Eddie Robinson, Jr., son of the award's namesake) has led the Oregon Ducks to their first 12-0 season and an appearance in the BCS Championship game. A win would give Oregon its first national championship.

Kelly's high-powered offense took the nation by storm this season, averaging an FBS-high 49.3 points per game and checking in second in the country at 537.5 yards per game. Only one of the Ducks' 12 wins was not a blowout -- a 15-13 win at Cal.

"It is really an honor for me to stand here and represent our university in winning awards like this," Kelly said in the FWAA press release. "It is pretty humbling to have your name and Eddie Robinson's said in the same sentence. It is kind of funny, to keep it in perspective, if I won 10 games for the next 38 years, I would still be six wins short of Eddie Robinson. So, he was quite a man and really one of the true gentlemen of college football.

"Obviously, what this means to us and our university, I really can't put into words. But I also have always felt every coach of the year award is more a representation of your team. This award is shared with our great assistant coaches and with a bunch of young men back in Eugene, Oregon, who are truly special."

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