Running backs coach Bill Bedenbaugh enters his second season as the offensive line coach, and seventh as a member of the Red Raider coaching staff. Bedenbaugh was the running backs coach the previous two seasons, after serving as the offensive graduate assistant his first three years.
The offensive line has made tremendous strides under Bedenbaugh. As a graduate assistant, three of the players he worked with in his first season all landed on NFL rosters, including center Dylan Gandy, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Cody Campbell and Daniel Loper are on the Colts and Tennessee Titans' rosters, respectively. Tackle E.J. Whitley, who completed his final season in 2005, was an invitee to the NFL Combine in February and was selected in the seventh round of the 2006 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Bedenbaugh's group was an essential element in the success of the Red Raider offense last season, including the individual performances of quarterback Cody Hodges and running back Taurean Henderson. Hodges became the fourth Tech signal caller in as many years to lead the nation in passing, while Henderson was allowed to display his versatility as a rusher and receiver out of the backfield.
Before taking over the offensive line, Bedenbaugh saw success in his two seasons with the running backs as Henderson continued as one of the Big 12 Conference's most versatile backs. Henderson led the league's running backs for the second-straight season with 5.0 receptions per game and finished second among the league's backs with 16 rushing touchdowns.
Bedenbaugh's presence on the offensive staff was felt immediately in 2000 as Texas Tech jumped onto the national scene, leading the nation in passing and dominating most passing categories in the Big 12. His work with then-offensive line coach Robert Anae helped pave the way for the Red Raider's offensive success.
Bedenbaugh came to Tech in 2000 after serving as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Ferris State in 1999.
While at Ferris State, the team won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. Ferris State ranked first among NCAA Division II schools for most yards in a game (534) and most points in a game (47) that season. Two of his offensive linemen were named first-team all-conference under his guidance. Bedenbaugh also was named NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Ferris State, Bedenbaugh was the graduate assistant offensive line coach at Central Michigan from 1997-98. In 1996, he worked with Tech head coach Mike Leach at Valdosta State as assistant offensive line coach with the team advancing to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals and winning the Gulf South Conference. Bedenbaugh was the offensive line coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State in 1995, coaching former Seattle Seahawk offensive guard Frank Beede.
Bedenbaugh, a native of St. Charles, Ill., was a four-year starter at center at Iowa Wesleyan College and played for Mike Leach. He graduated from Iowa Wesleyan in 1995 with a degree in business and earned a master's degree in sport management from Texas Tech in December 2001.
COACHING EXPERIENCE 2005- (Texas Tech University - Offensive Line); 2003-04 (Texas Tech University - Running Backs); 2000-02 (Texas Tech University - Graduate Assistant/Offensive Line); 1999 (Ferris State University - Offensive Line/Running Game); 1997-98 (Central Michigan University - Graduate Assistant - Offensive Line); 1996 (Valdosta State University - Assistant Offensive Line); 1995 (Oklahoma Panhandle State University - Offensive Line).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE 2005 Cotton; 2004 Holiday; 2003 Houston; 2002 Tangerine; 2001 Alamo, 2000 Galleryfurniture; 1996 Division II Playoffs.