Bobcats conclude spring practice on Saturday with the annual Green and White game
Tim Albin joined the Ohio Football coaching staff as offensive coordinator on Jan. 4, 2005, reuniting with Frank Solich after four seasons together at Nebraska. The 2013 season will mark Albin's ninth year in Athens.
Since his arrival in Athens, Albin has produced offenses that have been among the MAC's top rushing units four of the last six years and a passing attack that has practically rewritten all of Ohio's passing records.
This past season, Albin oversaw an offensive unit that accounted for 5,782 yards. In fact, Ohio was one of just four teams in the Mid-American Conference to post 5,500-yards or more of total offense in 2012 (Northern Illinois, Ball State and Toledo). Ohio had seven games in which it surpassed 450 yards of total offense.
Albin's offensive unit played a major role in Ohio's 45-14 victory in the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl. In the win, the Bobcats' 556 yards of total offense served as an Independence Bowl record, while their 45 points tied the Bowl record. Following the game, running back Beau Blankenship and quarterback Tyler Tettleton were named Co-Offensive Most Valuable Players of the Independence Bowl.
Ohio's 2012 offensive unit averaged over 30 points per game for the second straight season and the third time in the last six years. In addition, the Bobcats scored 40-or-more points on four separate occassions.
The 2012 campaign also saw Blankenship rush for a single-season school record 1,604 yards and 15 touchdowns. He became the eighth running back in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. Following the year, Blankenship was named All-MAC Second Team. Offensive lineman Skyler Allen and Eric Herman joined Blankenship on the All-MAC Second Team. Since taking over as offensive coordinator in 2005, Albin has coached 25 All-MAC players and All-Americans LaVon Brazill (2009) and Joe Flading (2011).
Tettleton once again posted a memorable season under Albin's tutledge as he passed for 2,844 yards and 18 touchdowns, while throwing just four interceptions in 12 games. After just two seasons as the team's starter, Tettleton owns seven of Ohio University's career passing records. He is the only quarterback in school history to throw for over 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons.
In April of 2013, Herman became the third offensive player to be selected in the NFL Draft over the last four years as he was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round.
In 2011, Albin's offensive scheme led to the most prolific year in school history. In 2011, Ohio set eight team single-season offensive records, posting school standards for most yards gained (6,241), most passing yards gained (3,482), most offensive plays (1,026), average yards per game (445.8), passing attempts (429), most points scored (427), most passing completions (276) and most passing yards per game (248.7).
Under Albin's watchful eye, Tettleton re-wrote the Bobcats' single season record book in his first-year as a starting quarterback as he set 12 school standards, while becoming the first signal caller in program history to throw for over 3,000 yards. In addition, Tettleton accounted for 38 total touchdowns (28 passing and 10 rushing) and nearly 4,000 yards of total offense (3,960) en route to being named All-MAC Third Team.
The 2011 Ohio offensive unit also produced record-breaking performances from Brazill and Donte' Harden as the two combined to set eight single-season records. Brazill would go on to finish his career as the program's all-time leader for receiving yards (2,511) and receptions (189).
At the end of the year, a league-best six Bobcats were named to the MAC's All-League team on the offensive side of the ball.
In April of 2012, Brazill was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
In 2010, Boo Jackson finished his career as Ohio's career leader in completion percentage (.604), pass efficiency (136.3), total offense per play (6.18), passing yards per attempt (7.7) and touchdown passes (38). He also finished the season responsible for 26 touchdowns, 48 in his career, which is fourth all-time, and with 18 passing touchdowns in 2010 (fourth all-time on the single-season list).
Ohio also had the best red zone efficiency among all MAC teams in 2010, converting 88.4 percent of its tries inside the 20-yard line. The Bobcats converted 38 times on 43 occasions, scoring 38 touchdowns and five field goals. Ohio was also outstanding at running the foot¬ball, finishing second in the conference with 1,416 yards on the ground (177.0 per game average) for the 2010 season and 19 touchdowns.
In 2009, Albin's offense took aim at more of Ohio's all-time marks. Quarterback Theo Scott threw 20 touchdown passes, which stood as a school record until the 2011 season, while receiver Terrence McCrae tied Andrew Mooney's then single-season touchdown reception mark of nine.
The 2009 team also finished with passing yards (2,774), completions (228) and total offense (4,342) all of which rank among the program's top five all-time marks.
Albin mentored running back Kalvin McRae who earned first-team All-MAC honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007. McRae is the first Bobcat in history to crack the 1,000-yard mark in three straight seasons. Under Albin's tutelage, McRae rushed for 4,398 yards and 45 touchdowns. McRae owns the second, fourth and sixth-highest single-season rushing totals in school history after setting the single-season rushing, touchdown and points scored records.
Albin spent the 2004 season as offensive coordinator and running backs coach at North Dakota State, helping the Bison to an 8-3 record and No. 25 national ranking in their first season at the Division I-AA level. NDSU finished the season averaging 378.5 yards of total offense, including 192.4 on the ground, and had four offensive players named first-team All-Great West Football Conference.
Albin served with Solich at Nebraska from 2000 to 2003. He started with the Cornhusker program as a graduate assistant, a position he held for three seasons before being promoted to running backs coach and passing game coordinator for the 2003 season. Working with the Nebraska tight ends as a graduate assistant, Albin helped Tracey Wistrom earn third-team All-America status in back-to-back seasons.
Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Albin was the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State for three seasons, winning the NAIA national championship in 1999 with a 13-0 record. He was named NAIA Football Coach of the Year by Rawlings and American Football Coach Magazine as the Rangers recorded their first undefeated season in history. Six of his players earned NAIA All-America honors. Albin's three squads improved every season going from 5-5 in 1997 to 7-3 in 1998.
Returning to his alma mater in 1994, Albin served as Northwestern Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator and head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach prior to his promotion to head of the football program.
He earned Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year honors twice for his work with the men's track program, leading them to back-to-back league titles. Albin got his start in coaching at Northeastern State (Okla.) in 1989 where he won two conference titles as an assistant football coach and two more as head of the men's track program.
As a player, Albin was a first-team All-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference selection as a wide receiver in each of his final three seasons as a member of the Northwestern Oklahoma State squad. He added to those honors by becoming the first Rangers' player to earn All-District IX status three times.
Albin received his bachelor's of science in business administration from Northwestern Oklahoma State in 1989 and a master's of science from Northeastern State in 1991. A native of Woodward, Okla., Albin was born on Sept. 13, 1965. He and his wife, Brooke, have two children - daughter Tori, and son Treyce.