Jim Mora Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Mora recognized for success on the field, as well as the classroom and community.
ATLANTA (Sept. 5, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that UCLA Head Football Coach Jim Mora has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.
The Dodd Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.
“Coach Mora’s Bruins certainly made a comeback for the ages,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Week one of the college football season had some amazing coaching performances, but we felt that UCLA’s come-from-behind victory stood out from the rest of the pack.”
UCLA hosted Texas A&M Sunday afternoon in a season-opening thriller at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins erased a 44-10 deficit to edge the Aggies 45-44, securing the largest comeback in program history and the second biggest comeback in college football history. The Bruins scored touchdowns on each of their last five offensive drives after the visiting Aggies claimed a 44-10 lead with a 48-yard field goal at the 4:08 mark of the third quarter. UCLA scored the winning touchdown with 43 seconds to play after quarterback Josh Rosen faked a spike and then tossed to Jordan Lasley for a 10-yard score. UCLA has won 17 of its last 20 nonconference match ups and the Bruins have won 14 of 15 regular season nonconference games under Coach Mora, with the lone loss coming last season at Texas A&M.
In his five seasons at the helm, Mora has led the Bruins to a pair of school-record tying 10-win seasons, four bowl games, a Pac-12 South Division Championship and an overall record of 41-24. His Bruin teams have also produced four of the top five best total offense season outputs in school history.
The UCLA team has seen success in the classroom as well under Mora’s leadership, earning an impressive Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 971 last year. In 2016, five student-athletes were recognized with academic honors or honorable mentions. Back in July, linebacker Kenny Young was named to the 2017 pre-season Wuerffel Trophy watch list for his excellence in academics, community and athletics.
“Jim has been an extemporary leader both on and off the field at UCLA,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “He’s certainly deserving of this recognition, and we look forward to seeing the Bruins compete throughout the remainder of the season under his leadership.”
The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.
About the Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.
About Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history, traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.