Jan. 18, 2009
AUBURN - Jeff Grimes, who served as the assistant head coach, running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Colorado the previous two seasons, has been named offensive line coach at Auburn, announced head coach Gene Chizik Sunday.
A 16-year coaching veteran, Grimes came to CU from Brigham Young University, where he coached the offensive line for three seasons from 2004-06. Prior to his stint at BYU, Grimes was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Arizona State (2001-03) and offensive line coach at Boise State (2000).
"I'm very excited about coming to Auburn, working for Coach Chizik and joining the tremendous staff that he has put together," Grimes said. "As coaches, we are competitive and love challenges and I'm looking forward to coaching with, and against, some of the best players in the country. I can't express enough, how excited I am about coming to Auburn right now at this time. I'm thrilled about the opportunity and excited to help build something great."
In Grimes first year at Colorado, two true freshmen started the bulk of the games for the first time in CU history. The line matured as the season progressed, as evidenced by allowing only four sacks in the final five games (168 pass plays). Two of his CU lineman, Tyler Polumbus and Edwin Harrison, were on NFL rosters in 2008.
This past season, Grimes was faced with the difficult challenge of losing two starters to injury for the remainder of the season, prior to the start of Big 12 play. By the end of the season, the two-deep included five true or redshirt freshman, two of which were in the starting lineup.
"Jeff is a very experienced and knowledgeable coach, who has been a part of several high-powered offenses at various schools," Chizik said. "He's going to be great addition to our staff and we're look forward to getting him on board."
His 2006 BYU linemen were a large part of the Cougars' Mountain West Conference championship team, which finish 11-2. BYU averaged 465.5 yards per game on offense, 323.5 through the air, both figures fourth in the nation, averaged 141.9 on the ground and allowed just 15 quarterback sacks in 13 games, or just one for every 30.1 passing attempts. The Cougars also boasted a 1,000-yard rusher in Curtis Brown (1,010 yards).
His players achieved great success in his three seasons at Arizona State. With 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. He then assembled a new offensive line in 2002 that protected the ninth-rated passing offense in the country, the core of the same group that a year later helped Loren Wade break the ASU freshman rushing record and lead the Pac-10 in yards per carry.
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.
A native of Garland, Texas, Grimes began his coaching career in 1993 as a high school coach at Riverside High School in El Paso. After two years as the offensive coordinator and line coach 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).
His first full-time position was serving as offensive line coach at Hardin Simmons, a position he held for two years (1998-99) before moving on to the Division I-A level at Boise State. The Cowboys were 21-2 in his two seasons, reaching the national semifinals in 1999 and averaged 39.4 points per game during his tenure, eclipsing 50 on six occasions.
Grimes, 40, graduated from the University of Texas-El Paso in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in education after earning four letters as an offensive tackle for the Miners 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 earned his master's in education administration from Texas A&M in 1997 while serving as a graduate assistant.
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.
He and his wife, Sheri, have three children, daughter Bailey, and sons Garrison and Greydon.