ATLANTA--Arizona offensive coordinator Mike Canales was named by the Master Coaches Survey for one of the top two assistant coaching performances in the country on the heels of Arizona's impressive 52-14 victory over No. 7-ranked UCLA.
Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon (clamp-down effort in victory over No. 3 Virginia Tech), North Carolina State running back Andre Moore (179 yards in the victory over Florida State), Hurricanes linebacker Rocky McIntosh (10 tackles, two sacks and a key fumble recovery) and Notre Dame defensive back Tom Zwibowski for special teams play (78-yard punt return and an interception return for a score in victory over Tennessee) were the other picks by the panel.
Canales, UA's quarterbacks coach, earned an MCS Game Ball after calling a game that helped true freshman quarterback Willie Tuitama direct an offense that accumulated 315 rushing yards and threw for 204 yards and two scores. Running backs Mike Bell (16-153) and Gilbert Harris (16-113) led the rushing attack. The Cats had no turnovers for the first time this season and dominated the lines on both sides of play. The offensive production was a season and two-year best. The loss dropped the Bruins from No. 5 in the BCS poll to No. 15 this week.
SI.com, Sports Illustrated's online entity, mentioned head coach Mike Stoop's decision to name Tuitama the Cats' quarterback mid way through the season and named Arizona the "Team of the Week" in Stewart Mandel's Weekend Rewind column.
The Master Coaches Survey, an advisory poll comprised of 16 former college football coaches, includes 10 College Football Hall of Fame members and represents five national championships and over 2,900 all-time victories combined. Based on the MCS system, the voters review all relevant game tapes following each week of competition, discuss the teams' performances during a weekly conference call, then establish a ranking of the Top 25 teams. The results are released to the media each Wednesday afternoon and to the public on ESPN Classic's Classic Now later that evening.
As part of their Top 25 selection process, the coaches not only attend games across the nation, but spend countless hours reviewing DVDs of the previous weekend’s match-ups. Through this extensive process, the expert panel of coaches also selects the top players and assistant coaches who will be awarded MCS Game Balls each week.