In his first season, the ex-Oklahoma assistant took an offense that had lost its top two receivers and rusher and made an explosive attack even more productive.
Coach on the Hot Seat
Charlie Weis :: Notre Dame
Those BCS bids in his first two seasons are a distant memory. The schedule sets up nicely, but after winning 10 games total the past two years, there is no room for error.
Last season Central Michigan's Antonio Brown and Central Florida's Joe Burnett became the first two players in I-A history to earn first-team all-conference honors at three positions (wideout, kick returner and punt returner) ... Middle Tennessee finished 91st in scoring last year, but the Blue Raiders should get a boost from offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, the architect of Troy's high-powered spread in 2006 and '07 and Auburn's midseason fall guy last year ... San Diego State has plenty of star power -- in its staff. New coach Brady Hoke brought in former Auburn aide Al Borges as offensive coordinator, former New Mexico coach Rocky Long as defensive coordinator and former Browns and Aztecs passer Brian Sipe as QB coach ... For the first time in his 13 seasons at Fresno State, Pat Hill has new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Jeff Grady (passing game) and Derek Frazier (running) take over the offense from Doug Nussmeier, who left for Washington. Randy Stewart will coordinate the defense, replacing Dan Brown, who died of cancer shortly after retiring ... Army has the tallest receiver in Division I-A in 6-foot-10, 283-pound senior tight end Ali Villanueva. -- Cory McCartney
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