Kyle Flood - Run Game Fundamentalsby Lauren's First and Goal
Coach Kyle Flood talks about his favorite run game fundamentals for his offensive line and how it translates it to the field.
A veteran offensive line coach, including the last two years at Alabama, and former head coach at Rutgers, Kyle Flood was named offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Texas on January 22, 2021. Flood spent the last two seasons coaching the offensive line at Alabama alongside Steve Sarkisian, guiding this past year’s group to earn the 2020 Joe Moore Award as the nation’s top unit. The line paved the way one of the top offenses in Alabama history that propelled the Crimson Tide to the National Championship. In the past two seasons, Alabama put together 24 straight games in which the offense scored 35 or more points, the longest streak in major college football history. This season, Alabama's offense ranked second in the nation in scoring and led all Power 5 schools with 48.5 points per game, which set a school record and included five 50-point games against Southeastern Conference competition. The Crimson Tide became the first team in league history to record five such games in a single season in conference play. The Tide followed that by posting 52 points against Florida in the 2020 SEC Championship to earn the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. They later matched that total in the National Championship Game against Ohio State. Alabama led the nation in third-down conversion percentage (58.9), team passing efficiency (198.99) and completion percentage (76.2), and ranked fourth in the nation in total offense at 541.6 yards per game to break the school record. The offense boasted the Heisman Trophy winner in WR DeVonta Smith, another finalist in QB Mac Jones, who won the Davey O’Brien Award, and the fifth-place finisher in RB Najee Harris, who won the Doak Walker Award. It made Alabama the second team ever to place three players in the top five of the same Heisman vote, joining 1946 Army with Glenn Davis, Doc Blanchard and Arnold Tucker. Blocking for that group was an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award and was anchored by two consensus first-team All-Americans in Outland Trophy winner LT Alex Leatherwood and Rimington Trophy winner C Landon Dickerson. The 2019 Alabama offense averaged a then-school-record 47.2 points per game, which ranked second nationally, while averaging 510.8 yards per game, which was sixth nationally and is currently second on school record. Alabama’s 199.61 passing efficiency rating was not only a school record, but the second-best mark in NCAA history. Leatherwood earned first-team All-America honors, while OT Jedrick Willis was tabbed second-team All-America. Four members of the Crimson Tide offense went on to be drafted in the first 15 picks of the first round, including Willis (No. 10/Cleveland Browns). The full line, which included Leatherwood, Willis, Dickerson, Evan Neal and Deonte Brown, was a finalist for the Joe Moore Award and ranked third nationally and first in the SEC, surrendering just .92 sacks per game.