of Florida's new offensive and defensive coordinators - Ed Zaunbrecher and John Thompson."> of Florida's new offensive and defensive coordinators - Ed Zaunbrecher and John Thompson.">

Inside the Numbers - UF Coordinators

[MEDIA:33888]<BR>Much of Ron Zook's success or failure will ride on the shoulders of his assistants. Like any coach or CEO, much of your future success depends on the people you surround with. In the case of Coach Zook, he has two coordinators with great experience, reputations and proven schemes. Lets look <B>"Inside the Numbers"</B> of Florida's new offensive and defensive coordinators - <B>Ed Zaunbrecher</B> and <b>John Thompson</B>.

Ed Zaunbrecher

Offensive Coordinator

26 years of coaching experince
Played center at Middle Tennessee State
Age - 52

Coaching Experience

2002 Florida (Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks) 
2000-01 Marshall (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks) 
1999 Marshall (Quarterbacks) 
1994-98 Northeast Louisiana (Head Coach)
1992-93 Michigan State (Linebackers Coach) 
1991 Michigan State (Quarterbacks) 
1984-90 LSU (Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks) 
1980-83 Wake Forest (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/ Receivers) 
1977-79 Purdue (Offensive Backs/ Receivers) 
1975-76 Arizona (Offensive Line) 

Spent the past three seasons at Marshall (one as quarter-backs coach and the last two as offensive coordinator/ quar-terbacks coach). Herd quarterbacks led the MAC in passing all three seasons. 

In two seasons as Marshall's offensive coordinator, the Herd averaged 458.6 yards of total offense per game and totaled 104 touchdowns and 790 points over over 24 games during that two-year stretch. 

In 2001 as offensive coordinator, Marshall ranked third in the nation in total offense (505.0 ypg), third in the nation in passing offense (350.8 ypg), eighth in the nation in scoring offense (37.33 ppg), second in the nation in pass efficiency (165.62 rating) and fourth in the nation in TD passes (40). 

Coached Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich, the MAC Player of the Year in 2001. Under Zaunbrecher's tutelage, Leftwich led the Mid-American Conference and was amongst the national leaders in eight offensive categories. Leftwich finished fifth in the nation in pass efficiency (164.57), second in total offense (352.0), second in touchdown passes (38), second in completions per game (26.25), second in comple -tion percentage (67%) among quarterbacks with at least 300 attempts, third in points responsible for (21.0), sixth in yards per play (7.91) and tenth in yards per attempt (8.79). 

As quarterback coach in his first year (1999) on the Marshall staff, guided Heisman Trophy finalist Chad Pennington to a record setting senior season. Pennington set school records for pass efficiency (171.4) and completion per-centage (68%), along with passing for 3,799 yards and 37 touchdowns. 

Produced one of the nation's most prolific pass catching tandems in 2001. The pair of Darius Watts and Josh Davis ranked first in the nation in receptions per game (14.16), and TD receptions per game (2.25), and fifth in receiving yards per game (198.16).

Offensive coordinator for two SEC Championship (1984, 1986) at LSU and a member of the Marshall staff that participated in three Mid-American Conference Championship games, winning two (1999 and 2000). 

Seven quarterbacks he has coached have set new school passing records, including Chad Pennington (Marshall), Byron Leftwich (Marshall), Tommy Hodson (LSU), Jeff Wickersham (LSU), Raymond Philyaw (ULM), Mark Herrmann (Purdue) and Jim Miller (Michigan State). 

Quarterbacks Tommy Hodson (LSU) and Mark Herrmann (Purdue), re-wrote their school record books over their careers. Hodson set 20 school records, including career pass comple-tions (587), touchdown passes (69), passing yards (9,115) and pass attempts (1,163) and became the only 400-yard passer in school history. At Purdue, Herrmann finished atop the harts in career passing yards (9,946), touchdown passes (71), pass com-pletions (772), and pass attempts (1,309). 

John Thompson

Defensive Coordinator

24 years of coaching experince
Played defensive back at Central Arkansas
Age - 46

Coaching Experience

2002 Florida (Defensive Coordinator) 
2001 Arkansas (Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers) 
2000 Arkansas (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs) 
Dec. 1999-Jan. 2000 LSU(Defensive Coordinator) 
1999 Memphis (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers) 
1993-98 Southern Mississippi (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers) 
1992 Southern Miss (Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers) 
1990-91 Louisiana Tech (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Defensive Ends) 
1988-89 Northwestern (La.) State (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Secondary, Linebackers) 
1987 Alabama (Linebackers) 
1983-86 Northwestern (La.) State (Defensive Coordinator,Defensive Secondary, Linebackers) 
1982 Arkansas (Graduate Assistant) 
1979-81 Arkadelphia (Ark.) HS (Defensive Coordinator) 
1978 Forrest City (Ark.) HS (Assistant Coach /Defensive Secondary) 
1977 Conway (Ark.) HS (Student Coach/Defensive Line) 

Three squads have led their conferences in defense (Arkansas led the SEC in total defense in 2000 and Southern Miss led Conference USA in total defense in 1997 and 1998). 

In 2000, Arkansas led the SEC in total defense (292.1 ypg) and ranked 12th nationally. The Razorbacks also led the SEC in passing defense (153.0 ypg) and ranked second nationally. 

After taking over as sole defensive coordinator in 2001, the Razorback defense improved from 10 INTs to 17 and six fumble recoveries to nine, resulting in an additional 10 forced turnovers. 

Arkansas' defense also improved from 2000 to 2001 in sacks from 13 to 17 and tackles for loss from 60 to 70. 

Second in the SEC and 28th in the nation with a plus-five turnover margin at Arkansas in 2001. 

Has 20 years experience as a collegiate coach, including 18 years as a defensive coordinator


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