Jeff Stoutland begins his seventh year as offensive line coach at Michigan State.
During his tenure, Stoutland has helped develop five All-Big Ten selections: guard Shaun Mason (second team, 2000), tackle Steve Stewart (second team, 2003), guard Joe Tate (second team, 2003), tackle Sean Poole (first team, 2004) and guard William Whitticker (second team, 2004).
In addition, seven of his offensive linemen have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including Mason (2000), Tate (2001), guard Paul Harker (2002-03), center Chris Morris (2002-03-04-05), tackle Gordon Niebylski (2002-03-04-05), guard Pete Clifford (2004-05) and tackle Mike Gyetvai (2004). In 2005, Morris garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second-Team honors.
Morris anchored the offensive line for one of the NCAA's most prolific offenses in 2005. The Spartans ranked among the NCAA leaders in all four offensive categories: No. 20 in rushing offense (201.8 yards per game), No. 11 in passing offense (school-record 295.5 ypg.), No. 5 in total offense (school-record 497.3 ypg.) and No. 18 in scoring offense (33.8 points per game). Morris, who earned Midseason All-America honors from SI.com, graded out 96 percent or higher in all 11 games in 2005 and became a seventh-round selection by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 National Football League Draft.
In 2004, Poole became only the second offensive lineman in Big Ten history to earn conference Player of the Week honors after Michigan State amassed 430 yards on the ground in a 49-14 victory over fourth-ranked Wisconsin.
Michigan State displayed a vastly improved running attack in 2004, thanks largely to the speedy development of an offensive line that returned just two starters from the 2003 season. The Spartans ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the NCAA in rushing, averaging 238.5 yards per game. That marked an improvement of 141 yards per game from 2003. The 2,862 rushing yards also marked the sixth-best single-season total in school history. In Big Ten play, Michigan State rushed for a league-best 265.8 yards per game. The Spartans recorded eight 200-yard rushing games in 2004, including a streak of five-straight games during one stretch (Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan).
In 2004, Stoutland instructed an offensive line that permitted the fewest sacks in the Big Ten, allowing only eight in 399 passing attempts.
He also coached former center Brian Ottney, who earned the Up Front Award as MSU's outstanding interior offensive lineman in 2001-02, becoming only the second repeat recipient in the 28-year history of the trophy. Former All-American Tony Mandarich won the award three-straight years from 1986-88.
Stoutland's offensive line helped pave the way for T.J. Duckett, who produced back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2000 and 2001. Duckett, the No. 18 pick overall in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, rushed for 1,420 yards in 2001 - the fifth-best single-season total in Spartan history.
The 44-year-old Stoutland spent three seasons under Paul Pasqualoni at Syracuse (1997-99), where he coached the tight ends his first two years before taking over the offensive line in 1999. In addition to his coaching duties, he also served as the Orangemen's recruiting coordinator for all three years.
Stoutland helped Syracuse to a combined record of 24-13 (.649), including three-straight bowl appearances. In 1999, he coached first-team All-Big East offensive tackle Mark Baniewicz, who also earned the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and GTE Academic All-America honors. During his stint as tight ends coach, Stoutland helped produce two NFL players, including Roland Williams (Oakland Raiders) and Kaseem Sinceno (Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-99; Chicago Bears, 2000).
Stoutland previously spent four years as offensive line coach at Cornell (1993-96). Former Big Red center Greg Bloedorn, who earned first-team All-Ivy League honors in 1995, spent three years with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks (1997-99).
His full-time coaching credits include two stints at his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State, where he served as offensive coordinator for five years (1988-92) and coached inside linebackers for two seasons (1984-85).
The New York City native also served as a graduate assistant for Coach Dick MacPherson for two years at Syracuse (1986-87), working primarily with the offensive line.
Stoutland was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at inside linebacker for Coach Kevin Gilbride at Southern Connecticut State (1980-84), where he earned Little All-America honors as a senior while acting as team captain.
He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Southern Connecticut State in 1984 and received a master's degree in exercise physiology from the school in 1986.
Stoutland and his wife, Allison, who authors children's books, have two children: Jake (11) and Madison (9).
THE STOUTLAND FILE
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College -- Inside linebackers coach at Southern Connecticut State (1984-85); graduate assistant at Syracuse (1986-87); offensive coordinator at Southern Connecticut State (1988-92); offensive line coach at Cornell (1993-96); tight ends coach, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Syracuse (1997-99).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in physical education from Southern Connecticut State in 1984; master's degree in exercise physiology from Southern Connecticut State in 1986.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College -- Three-year starter at inside linebacker at Southern Connecticut State (1980-84).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach -- 1988 Sugar Bowl, 1997 Fiesta Bowl, 1999 Orange Bowl, 1999 Music City Bowl, 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic, 2003 Alamo Bowl.
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