Jeff Grimes is in his fourth year as offensive line coach for the Tigers and has instructed a unit that paved the way for some of the most explosive offenses in the nation the past three seasons.
During Auburn's 2010 national championship season, Grimes' coached an offensive line that set school records for total yards of offense (6,989) and points (577) for a second consecutive season. The Tigers led the Southeastern Conference and were fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (284.8) and led the SEC in scoring (41.2 ppg).
The 2010 Tigers set school records for rushing touchdowns (41), passing touchdowns (31), rushing yardage (3,987) and had three offensive lineman earn individual honors. Tackle Lee Ziemba was a consensus All-America selection and earned the Jacobs Trophy as the SEC's best blocker and was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Draft. Guard Byron Isom was named second team All-SEC and center Ryan Pugh earned third team All-America honors.
In his first season with the Tigers, Grimes helped establish a unit that set numerous school records, including points in a season (433), most total yards of offense in a season (5,613) and most plays in a season (914). Auburn's 266 first downs in 2009 was the second-best total in school history, and its average of 431.8 yards per game ranked fourth. The Tigers also had the seventh-most rushing yards (2,756) in a single season in Auburn history.
In addition, Grimes coached both Ryan Pugh and Lee Ziemba to second-team All-SEC honors during the 2009 season.
Prior to coming to Auburn, Grimes served as the assistant head coach, running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Colorado for two seasons from 2007-08. Two of his CU lineman from his first season, Tyler Polumbus and Edwin Harrison, were on NFL rosters in 2008.
An 18-year coaching veteran, Grimes went to Colorado from Brigham Young, where he coached the offensive line for three seasons from 2004-06. His 2006 BYU linemen were a large part of the Cougars' Mountain West Conference championship team, which finished 11-2.
Grimes's success continued at Arizona State as four of his 2001 seniors drafted into the NFL, it marked just the second time that had been done at any school since the NFL adopted the seven-round draft format in 1993.
In one season at Boise State in 2000, Grimes' offensive line helped the Broncos lead the nation in scoring offense and accumulate 175 rushing yards per game.
Grimes began his coaching career in 1993 as a high school coach at Riverside High School in El Paso. After two years there, he moved on to the college ranks, first working as a graduate assistant at Rice (1995) and then at Texas A&M (1996-97).
Grimes earned four letters as an offensive tackle for UTEP between 1987 and 1990, including three years under former BSU and ASU head coach Dirk Koetter when he was UTEP's offensive coordinator and two years under current Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Andy Reid.
He was in training camp with both the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL and the San Antonio Riders of the World Football League before entering coaching.
More Auburn Football Headlines
More Auburn Headlines