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TRACK & FIELD
Mon, Dec 30
Football 3:45 PM
Valero Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, Texas
Steve Greatwood is in the midst of his 21st season coaching Oregon’s offensive line, as well as his 26th year on the Ducks’ coaching staff.
The 30-year coaching veteran and Eugene native, who has logged more than a quarter century at his alma mater, returned to Oregon as its defensive line coach prior to the 2000 season following a five-year hiatus, two of which he spent coaching in the NFL.
The 54-year-old Greatwood was an integral part of Oregon’s coaching staff for the first 13 seasons of his career (not including two years as an Oregon graduate assistant) that concluded with a berth in the 1995 Rose Bowl, and concentrated his efforts on the offensive line from 1982-94.
In addition to his O-line duties, he assumed the additional responsibilities as the team’s running game coordinator in 2009 while playing a major role in the program establishing school rushing records in three of the past four years. In addition to helping spearhead the Ducks’ six consecutive conference rushing titles, Oregon’s 227 rushing touchdowns ranks second nationally in the FBS during that same span..
From a statistical standpoint, it could be argued that Greatwood’s 2010 and ‘11 interior offensive fronts were among the best in school history. Oregon ranked fourth nationally in rushing (286.2 avg.) thanks to a school-record 3,721 yards two years ago. In addition, the Ducks allowed a meager 10 sacks in 13 games (0.77 avg.) in 2010, which ranked seventh in the nation.
But in 2011, his charges performed even better. Replacing three starters in the trenches, the Ducks surpassed that output, following up with 4,189 yards on the ground (299.2 avg.) to finish fifth in the country while allowing only 14 quarterback sacks in 14 games.
The 2008 interior line wasn’t too shabby either, ranking second nationally in rushing (280.1 avg.), leading the Pac-10 for the third time in as many years and setting a team standard with 3,641 yards on the ground. Oregon also finished second in the league in fewest quarterback sacks allowed (20) that season.
For his efforts, Greatwood was singled out as the nation’s college football Assistant Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com following the 2008 campaign, in addition to being previously praised as one the top assistant coaches in the country by Rivals.com.
Yet 2009 has to rank among his more gratifying years as watched over a rebuilt unit that had lost three of its standouts to the NFL and molded an ever-improving interior line that played a major role in the Ducks’ leading the Pac-10 in rushing offense for the fourth-straight season.
One of the nation’s most underrated technicians, the former Oregon standout tutored two-time All-American Max Unger, who was chosen in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by Seattle. Unger was one of four Oregon offensive linemen drafted into the NFL over the past five years.
In addition to the Ducks first setting a single-season rushing record in 2007, they established a single-game record 465 yards on the ground at Washington, which was later eclipsed with 528 rushing yards vs. Portland State in 2010.
During the 2006 season, the Ducks allowed only 16 sacks to place second in the league in fewest sacks allowed, as his unit played a big part in Oregon leading the league in rushing (182.2 avg.) for the first time since 1955.
His return on the offensive line in 2005 paid immediate dividends as he molded a relatively inexperienced group that included only two returning starters into one that was forced to quickly adapt to a new offensive scheme. The result was an offense which improved from 10th to third in the Pacific-10 Conference in quarterback sacks allowed (20) as well as ranked among the top 20 in the country in three of four major offensive categories.
While overseeing the defensive line in 2004, the Ducks held their opponents to 122.1 yards per game on the ground - the fifth consecutive season under Greatwood the UO defensive line has helped hold its opponents under 125 yards per game rushing.
In 2003, the Duck defensive line helped post a No. 16th national ranking against the run (107.1 ypg.), highlighted by a trio of all-league defensive linemen. Both Igor Olshansky and Junior Siavii were drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft.
Oregon’s rushing defense ranked first in the conference in 2000 (118.2 avg.) and second in 2001 (115.3 avg.), while the 2002 unit allowed 118.2 yards per game to rank 25th nationally.
Greatwood’s defensive lines held opponents to negative rushing yards on four occasions in the five seasons, including -3 net yards by No. 3 Michigan in 2003, and limited a Colorado team that came into the 2002 Fiesta Bowl ranked eighth in the country in rushing (228.5 avg.) to only 49 yards.
Following the 1994 season and Oregon’s Pacific-10 Conference championship, Greatwood departed with former Ducks’ head coach Rich Brooks to coach the offensive line and tight ends with the St. Louis Rams. He rejoined the collegiate ranks in 1997 at Maryland before returning to the West Coast the following year and heading the offensive line at USC. During his stay with the Trojans, he aided in the development of two-time all-conference lineman and All-American Travis Claridge.
In addition to his various coaching duties along the offensive line, Greatwood spent all but one year of his previous stint as a full-time Oregon assistant also tutoring the team’s tight ends.
The former Churchill High School standout completed his playing career with an appearance in the Hula Bowl in 1980 and was the recipient of the Bob Officer Award, given to the Oregon player who makes a major contribution to the success of the program despite physical adversity. Greatwood later signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers before initiating his coaching career as the Ducks’ defensive graduate assistant for two years.
Greatwood has three daughters - Kallie, Emmy and Tessa.