In three seasons with the Tigers, Luper has helped bring in three of the mostly highly regarded recruiting classes in the nation, register back-to-back seasons of record-breaking offensive production and coached a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
Auburn's rushing attack led the Southeastern Conference and ranked fifth in the nation averaging 284.8 yards per game in 2010. The Tigers set a school record with 3,987 rushing yards last season. The 2010 Tigers set team records for most points (577) and most yards total offense (6,989) for the second consecutive season.
Luper tutored running back Michael Dyer as he rushed for an Auburn freshman record 1,093 yards and earned second team Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC honors. Dyer also earned offensive MVP honors of the BCS National Championship Game.
Luper also guided sophomore running back Onterio McCalebb as he rushed for 810 yards and finished second on the team with nine rushing touchdowns.
In recruiting, Luper helped bring in a class ranked in the top 10 nationally by ESPN (4th), Rivals.com (7th) and Scout.com (1st).
In 2009, the Auburn offense set numerous single-season school records, including points and most yards of offense in a season (5,613).
Luper coached running back Ben Tate, who rushed for 1,362 yards and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.
Additionally, Luper was instrumental in Auburn signing a consensus top-five recruiting class in 2010. For his efforts, he was named by Rivals.com to its list of the top 25 recruiters in the nation and one of the top 10 recruiters in the SEC for the signing class of 2010.
Prior to coming to Auburn, Luper served as Oklahoma State's running backs coach from 2005- 08, and as the assistant head coach for player development during his last two seasons with the Cowboys.
Under Luper, the OSU running attack led the Big 12 Conference in rushing during his last three seasons. In three years as an assistant coach at New Mexico, Luper coached the MWC career rushing leader in DonTrell Moore.
A native of Sherman, Texas, Luper began his coaching career at Stephen F. Austin (1995- 96).
Luper began his playing career at Oklahoma State, where he played from 1984-87, but his stay was interrupted from 1988 to 1992 when he served as an air traffic controller for the United States Army.
During his tenure in the Army, Luper spent eight months combined at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala. and Fort Rucker near Enterprise, Ala.
He completed his eligibility at Stephen F. Austin as an All-Southland Conference running back in 1993 with a team high 1,054 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Luper signed with the Houston Oilers following his senior season.
Luper earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin in 1996 and master's degree in communications from SFA in 1998. He is working on a doctoral degree in secondary and higher education from Texas A&M-Commerce.
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