Anae retained as offensive line coach

Rich Rodriguez made another move with his coaching staff on Friday night, as he has decided to keep Robert Anae as offensive line coach.

It appears that at least one coach from the Mike Stoops era will remain on staff for the beginning of Rich Rodriguez's tenure, as offensive line coach Robert Anae has agreed to keep his position as offensive line coach for the 2012 season.

"I'm happy to re-hire Robert to join this staff," Rich Rodriguez tells Arizona Athletics. "He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to add to our offensive package and is a great fit for our program.

"I'm thrilled to be back and eager to join Coach Rodriguez and the rest of his staff in shaping a new direction for Arizona football," Anae said. "We have a great opportunity to be a fine team. I'm ready to bear down with Rich's staff."

Anae, who will be entering his 18th year of coaching, took over an offensive line that was one of the youngest in the country and one that was forced to replace all five starters. His work led to a nomination for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

While the Arizona rushing offense was ranked 113th in the nation, it was hard not to notice the improvements made from the first game to the last by the offensive line, which will return all five starters for the 2012 season.

Those improvements will have to continue for Anae and his offensive linemen heading into the 2012 season, as the offensive philosophy will undergo a dramatic shift under Rodriguez. He'll have to work quickly to integrate Rodriguez's zone blocking schemes to open up holes for Matt Scott and the Arizona running backs in the team's entirely new offense.

Before coming to Arizona, Anae served as an offensive line coach at Hawai'i, BYU, Ricks College, Boise State, UNLV, and Texas Tech. He also has experience as an offensive coordinator at BYU for six seasons before landing in Tucson.

The retention of Anae likely means that 2012 offensive line recruits Zach Hemmila and Beau Boyster will remain in the fold, as well as 2013 commit Logan Stott. While he does not do much recruiting, the experience and knowledge of Anae will be attractive for young offensive linemen looking to hone their skills in Rodriguez's fast paced offense.

Anae joins wide receivers coach Tony Dews, running backs coach Calvin Magee, and quarterbacks coach Rod Smith on the offensive staff, along with the lone defensive coach Tony Gibson, who will be in charge of the defensive backs.


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