The Oklahoma Sooners have two new assistant coordinators.
Bob Stoops has promoted OL coach Bill Bedenbaugh and DB coach Kerry Cooks to assistant coordinator positions at #OU.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 19, 2016
Bill Bedenbaugh joined the Sooners staff as offensive line coach in 2013. Despite several injuries on the line that season, Oklahoma averaged 223.9 rushing yards per game, which was 62.5 more rushing yards than the year before Bedenbaugh arrived. It was also the second-most ever under coach Stoops and the second-highest average in the Big 12. Additionally, the Sooners allowed just 15.0 sacks.
In 2014, Oklahoma was even better at pass-blocking, as the line yielded just 9.0 sacks. Last season, the Sooners finished fourth in the Big 12 with 222.1 rushing yards per game, but their pass-blocking definitely took a step back, allowing 41.0 sacks in 13 games.
Kerry Cooks just completed his first season on the Oklahoma staff. He coached the defensive backs at Notre Dame from 2010-14 and helped their defense lead the Fighting Irish to the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. Under Cooks that season, Notre Dame was tied for 13th in the nation with 6.0 yards allowed per attempt. In 2014, Notre Dame was tied for 15th among FBS teams with 16 interceptions.
In Cooks’ first season with the Sooners, the defense ranked first in the conference with 202.8 passing yards allowed per game. The previous season, the Sooners were ninth in the Big 12, having yielded 276.2 passing yards per contest.
Bedenbaugh will assist Lincoln Riley, who has been Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach since 2015. Cooks will help out defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Brother of head coach Bob Stoops, Mike has been on the Oklahoma staff since 2012. Prior to that, he was the head coach of Arizona for eight years.