Although 2020 predictions depicted Baylor football’s defense backtracking slightly, the team’s offense was the side that went to complete shit. Baylor’s defense was thought to take a negative detour this year because they lost every starter except for preseason All-American junior LB Terrel Bernard to graduation or early NFL Draft declaration. And while the offense returned basically every starter, a combination of senior QB Charlie Brewer’s ineffectiveness with absolutely zero passion and/or effort by the offensive linemen and a trainwreck coaching pair of former OC and QB coach Larry Fedora and former WR coach Jorge Muñoz made for the worst Baylor football offense fans have seen in many years (even including the disaster of 2017). Thankfully, Head Coach Dave Aranda enacted staff movements that got rid of Fedora, Muñoz, OL coach Joe Wickline, and S&C coach Corey Campbell after one combined year with the program. Instead, Aranda combined with efforts by Baylor Athletic Director Mack Rhoades hired former BYU OC Jeff Grimes in the same position with the Bears. Grimes joins Baylor following a stunning 2020 Cougars season where the offense finished No. 3 in the country in scoring as well as in the top 15 in other categories such as, according to Baylor Athletics, “scoring (3rd, 43.5 ppg), total offense (7th, 522.2 ypg) and passing offense (8th, 332.1 ppg).” This year, Grimes was also named one of the Broyles’ award finalists for the US’ top assistant football coaches.
Grimes left BYU after three seasons running the offense where he developed players like QB Zach Wilson, who threw for a career-high 3,692 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and 3 interceptions with a passer rating of 196.4 this year. Grimes’ offense led the nation in yards per play (7.84) and, as stated before, ranked in the top 15 of 10 categories. The team position was led by All-American offensive lineman Brady Christensen and an OL that only allowed 12 sacks in all 12 games. Baylor Athletics also reports, “Since 2000, 16 offensive linemen that played under Grimes have been selected in the NFL Draft including three first rounders (Levi Jones, Nate Solder and Greg Robinson).” Before his second stint (2017-2020) at BYU, Grimes was the running game coordinator and OL coach at LSU form 2014-2017 where he crossed paths with our leader Aranda. While at LSU, Grimes’ OL helped four different athletes reach 1,000 rushing yards in each of the four seasons. Grimes also served as running game coordinator and OL coach at Virginia Tech in 2013 after he coached the OL at Auburn from 2009-2012. His 2010 National Championship OL notched school records for total yards of offense (6,989) and points (577). The team also earned records for rushing touchdowns (41), passing touchdowns (31), and rushing yards (3,987). For two seasons, Grimes was the assistant head coach, running game coordinator and OL coach at Colorado in 2007. In 2004, Grimes had his first stint at BYU where he coached the OL, which blocked for the nation’s fourth best offense, averaging over 465 yards per game. In 2001-2003, Grimes was the running game coordinator at OL coach at Arizona State where four of the 2001 seniors were drafted into the NFL. During his one season at Boise State in 2000, Grimes’ OL helped the team lead the nation in scoring offense and accumulate 175 rushing yards per game. Grimes had a two year stint at Hardin-Simmons (1998-1999), coached at Texas A&M from 1996-1997, and at Rice in 1995. Grimes’ first ever coaching gig was at Riverside High School in El Paso after he graduated from UTEP in 1990 where he played offensive tackle. With so much returning offensive talent and exciting coaching hires I’ll share in the next few days, I’m looking forward to Baylor football in 2021! Welcome Coach Grimes!