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Eric Wolford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Fourth Year at Arizona

13 Years in Coaching

* Helped sophomore Peter Graniello emerge as a top-level Pac-10 left tackle, earning honorable mention all-league status in 2005.


* Coached senior guard Kili Lefotu to a spot in the 2006 NFL Draft, picked by the Washington Redskins.


* Helped Arizona’s quarterback protection lead the league with the fewest sacks allowed in 2004 and maintain that proficiency in 2005. 


* Offensive tackle Chris Johnson earned NFL free-agent contract in 2004 after his year working with Wolford.

?* Wolford was offensive line coach at North Texas in 2003, helping the Mean Green earn a third consecutive appearance in the New Orleans Bowl with a second straight 7-0 league mark and a 9-4 final record.

?* Coached Mean Green center Andy Brewster and guard Nick Zuniga to first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2003.

?* UNT’s offensive line helped pave the way for a record-setting performance by the SBC Offensive Player of the Year, Mean Green tailback Patrick Cobbs, who rushed for a league-record 1,690 yards and led the nation in rushing and scoring, at 152 yards and 11.45 points per game. He scored 19 rushing touchdowns.

?* Helped UNT offensive unit average 177.5 rushing yards to rate 35th nationally, plus his line and the pass protection scheme limited the opposition to a total of only 18 sacks during the season. The offensive unit also posted an 88 percent scoring rate inside the red zone.

?* Helped coach South Florida offense to 409 yards per game in total offense in his second year in Tampa.

?* Four-year starting guard on the offensive line at Kansas State from 1990 to 1993, recruited by then KSU assistant Bob Stoops.

?* Played on KSU teams that laid the groundwork for the program’s emergence as a national contender. He was a member of KSU’s 1993 Copper Bowl team that won the first bowl game in school history in Arizona Stadium.



            Eric Wolford’s vitality as a coach has proven to be one of the program’s keys to building continuity in recruiting and development of formidable players up front. He was one of Mike Stoops’ initial choices for his coaching staff, coming on board in early December 2003 to work with the offensive staff.


            Wolford coaches the Wildcat offensive line. He has solidexperience as a former collegiate player and coaching experience on both offense and defense.

            His no-nonsense style has helped UA’s first two Stoops-era units build a strong foundation for the future.

            His playing days at Kansas State coincided with Stoops’ first two years on the Wildcat staff as defensive ends coach in 1992 and 1993.


            He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1994 in social sciences with a focus on monetary policy and banking. Wolford signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. He returned to Manhattan, Kan., to begin his career as a graduate assistant under Bill Snyder that same year. 


Wolford’s Coaching history

1994    Kansas State, graduate assistant

1995    Emporia State, OL/strength coach

1996    South Florida, offensive line coach

1997    South Florida, offensive line coach

1998    South Florida, offensive line coach

1999    South Florida, offensive line coach

2000    Houston, Tight ends/tackles coach

2001    Houston, Running backs/special teams

2002    Houston, defensive line coach

2003    North Texas, offensive line coach

2004    Arizona, offensive line coach

2005    Arizona, offensive line coach

2006    Arizona, offensive line coach

Wolford in Bowl Games

1991    Coca-Cola Bowl Kansas State player

1993    Copper Bowl Kansas State player

1994    Aloha Bowl Kansas State graduate assist.

2003    New Orleans Bowl North Texas OL coach

The Wolford File

Birthdate:                   April 5, 1971, Youngstown, Ohio

High School:              Ursuline High School, Youngstown, Ohio

College:                     Kansas State 1994

Playing Experience:   Kansas State, guard, 1990-93

Family:                     Wife, Melinda Wolford, Ph.D.; son, Stone Wolford

Recruiting Area:         Central and northern Houston


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