Dan Enos, a four-year football letterman (1987-90) and two-year starter (1989-90) at quarterback at Michigan State, is in his fourth year as a member of the Spartan coaching staff and his second season as running backs coach. The 40-year-old Enos is in his second stint as an assistant coach under Mark Dantonio, having previously served as the quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati from 2004-05.
In 2008, Enos mentored one of the top running backs in the nation in Javon Ringer, who led the nation in carries (390), scoring (132 points) and touchdowns (22), while ranking fourth in rushing (125.9 ypg.) en route to being named a consensus first-team All-American. Ringer is the first Spartan running back to earn All-America honors since Lorenzo White in 1987. The consensus All-Big Ten first-team selection rushed for 1,637 yards, the second-highest single-season total in school history.
In his first season coaching Spartan running backs, Enos mentored one of the top backfields in the Big Ten in Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick. Michigan State ranked third in the Big Ten and No. 25 in the NCAA in rushing offense, averaging 198.2 yards a game, an improvement of 69 yards per game over 2006. Ringer, a second-team All-Big Ten pick, and Caulcrick, an honorable mention selection, combined to rush for 2,319 yards and 27 TDs in 2007. Ringer led the Spartans in rushing for the third-straight season with 1,447 yards, the sixth-best single-season total in MSU history, while Caulcrick set an MSU record with 21 rushing TDs.
In his role as quarterbacks coach in 2006, Enos mentored Drew Stanton, who earned team MVP honors after accounting for 2,252 total yards and 17 TDs as a senior. Stanton, who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft, finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in completion percentage (first at .642), pass completions (second at 543), pass attempts (second at 846), passing yards (second at 6,524), total offense (second at 8,036 yards), 200-yard passing games (second at 18), passing efficiency rating (third at 138.7) and TD passes (fifth at 42).
In 2005, his pupil Dustin Grutza became the first freshman quarterback to start a Cincinnati season opener (vs. Eastern Michigan) since World War II. Grutza, a red-shirt freshman, finished fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in total offense, averaging 165.0 yards per game.
In 2004, Enos helped hone the talents of Gino Guidugli, who closed out his career as Cincinnati's all-time passing leader with 11,222 yards. As a senior, Guidugli completed 210-of-342 throws (.614) for 2,633 yards and a school-record 26 touchdowns while leading the Bearcats to a 7-5 record, including a 32-14 victory over Marshall in the Fort Worth Bowl. Guidugli ranked fifth in Conference USA and No. 15 in the NCAA in passing efficiency with his 146.5 rating.
Enos spent the 2003 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Craig Bohl at NCAA Division II North Dakota State, where he designed an offensive attack that averaged 30.1 points per game en route to an 8-3 record. Tony Stauss hit 220-of-325 passes (.677) for 2,134 yards and 15 TDs. His 2,134 passing yards represented the second-highest single-season total in Bison history.
Prior to his appointment at North Dakota State, he worked for three years as the quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan (2000-02) under Gary Darnell. In 2002, the Broncos finished fifth in the Mid-American Conference and No. 30 nationally in passing offense, averaging 256.1 yards per game. In 2001, Western Michigan ranked third in the MAC and No. 30 in the NCAA in passing offense (257.8 ypg.). In 2000, the Broncos averaged 400.6 total yards and 29.9 points per game while posting a 9-3 record, including the MAC West Division crown. In addition, quarterback Jeff Welsh ranked fourth in the league in passing (211.4 ypg.) and total offense (212.8 ypg.).
In 1999, Enos served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State) under Randy Ball. The Bears ranked among the NCAA I-AA leaders in passing offense (No. 22 at 258.8 ypg.), scoring offense (No. 23 at 33.9 ppg.) and total offense (No. 30 at 417.8 ypg.). Quarterback Jay Rodgers finished among the national leaders in passing efficiency (No. 9 with a 150.1 rating) and total offense (No. 20 at 251.6 ypg.). In addition, Rodgers set school single-season records for completion percentage (.632), passing yards (2,741), TD passes (24) and total yards (2,768). Rodgers had three 300-yard passing games in 1999, including 395 yards vs. Southern Illinois - the second-best single-game total in Bear history.
His full-time coaching credits also include stops at Southern Illinois (quarterbacks and wide receivers, 1997-98), Northern Michigan (offensive coordinator/backfield, 1996) and Lakeland College (offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks and wide receivers, 1994-95). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for George Perles at Michigan State (1991-93).
Enos compiled a 16-7-1 record (.688) as a two-year starter for Coach Perles, including back-to-back bowl victories (defeated Hawaii, 33-13, in the 1989 Aloha Bowl and defeated Southern Cal, 17-16, in the 1990 John Hancock Bowl). As a senior, he threw for 1,677 yards and four TDs while helping the Spartans earn a share of the 1990 Big Ten championship. Enos still ranks among MSU's all-time Top 10 in pass attempts (No. 10 at 478), pass completions (No. 10 at 297), completion percentage (No. 3 at .621), passing yards (No. 10 at 3,837) and total yards (No. 8 at 4,301).
Enos earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State in 1991 and received a master's degree in sports administration in 2006. A native of Dearborn, Mich., Enos earned all-state honors as a senior for Coach Jack Bridges at Edsel Ford High School. He accounted for 5,743 total yards and 46 TDs during his prep career.
Enos and his wife Jane have two children: Idalia and Alex.
THE ENOS FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Fourth. Joined staff on Feb. 9, 2006, from Cincinnati.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College -- Graduate assistant at Michigan State (1991-93); offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Lakeland College (1994-95); offensive coordinator and backfield coach at Northern Michigan (1996); quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Southern Illinois (1997-98); offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southwest Missouri State (1999); quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan (2000-02); offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Dakota State (2003); quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati (2004-05); quarterbacks coach at Michigan State (2006).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State in 1991; master's degree in sports administration from Michigan State in 2006.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College -- Four-year letterman (1987-90) and two-year starter at quarterback at Michigan State (1989-90).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Player - 1988 Rose Bowl, 1989 Gator Bowl, 1989 Aloha Bowl, 1990 John Hancock Bowl. Coach -- 1993 Liberty Bowl, 2000 MAC Championship Game, 2004 Fort Worth Bowl, 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl.