Provo • Following the best BYU football season in nearly a decade, the Cougars continue adding accolades. The most recent award comes in the shape of the 2020 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year, which was nabbed by Aaron Roderick. The honor was announced on Tuesday by FootballScoop and was determined by prior winners of the annual national award.
Roderick, who was promoted to offensive coordinator a month ago, was one of five finalists. The other were Steve Sarkisian (Alabama), Willy Korn (Coastal Carolina), Brian Johnson (Florida) and Eric Evans (Western Michigan).
Sarkisian played quarterback at BYU; Johnson was a QB at Utah.
Roderick was instrumental in Zach Wilson’s stellar 2020 season. Wilson led BYU to an 11-1 record while earning All-America honors and finishing No. 8 in the Heisman Trophy voting. He is projected to be a high pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Draper native, who was named the 2020 Polynesian Co-Player of the Year and Manning Award finalist, threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns with only three interceptions on the season. Wilson, who added 255 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, was the only player in the country to total 33 or more touchdowns and less than five picks.
Roderick helped Wilson post 11 different top-10 rankings in 2020: No. 2 nationally in points responsible for (264), passing efficiency (196.4) and completion percentage (73.5); No. 3 in passing yards (3,692), passing touchdowns (33), yards per pass attempt (10.99) and points responsible for per game (22.0); No. 4 in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (10); No. 5 in passing yards per completion (14.95); No. 8 in total offense (328.8); and No. 10 in passing yards per game (307.7).
Before serving as offensive coordinator, Roderick was the Cougars’ passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for three seasons. The Bountiful native goes into his new role with 21 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons as a coordinator.