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March 5, 2014

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By Brian Ormiston
UCFKnights.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF head coach George O'Leary has announced the hiring of Allen Mogridge as defensive ends coach. Mogridge served as the Knights tight ends and special teams coach in 2012, and was Temple's offensive line coach in 2013.

Lorenzo Costantini will be in charge of UCF's defensive tackles after being the defensive line coach in 2013. Linebackers coach Tyson Summers will be interim defensive coordinator in the spring.

With the Owls last year, Mogridge's offensive line protected true freshman quarterback P.J. Walker, who broke out with a 60.8 completions percentage and 20 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. Temple rushed for 17 touchdowns as well.

UCF was dominant on special teams in 2012 as the Knights went 10-4, won the C-USA East Division title as well as the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl. They ranked 12th in the nation in kickoff returns, led by All-American and C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year Quincy McDuffie who was first in the country with a 34.24 average. He tied a school record with three returns for touchdowns, highlighted by tying the NCAA mark when he had two kickoff returns for scores at Marshall.

Meanwhile, J.J. Worton entered UCF's top 10 with 266 punt return yards en route to being named to the All-C-USA First Team. And in his first full season as the Knights placekicker, Shawn Moffitt ranked second on the team with 89 points and went 10-for-14 in field-goal attempts.

Mogridge worked as North Carolina's special teams coach, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2009-11. He helped guide the Tar Heels to the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl, a double-overtime victory over Tennessee in the 2010 Music City Bowl and a berth in the Independence Bowl in 2011.

A 1999 graduate of North Carolina, Mogridge's 2011 tight ends combined for 33 receptions for 488 yards and two touchdowns. In 2010, they led the ACC with 85 catches, highlighted by Ryan Taylor's 36 and Zack Pianalto's 30. Pianalto holds UNC's career record with 94 catches by a tight end and played in 13 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011, while Taylor was picked in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

On special teams in 2011, North Carolina ranked 11th in the nation by allowing just 4.63 yards per punt return, and 23rd in the FBS by permitting opposing kick returners to average only 19.54 yards per attempt. In Mogridge's first year, the Tar Heels were 19th in the country in punt returns and 18th in punt return defense.

Mogridge was on the coaching staff at the University at Buffalo from 2004-08 where he led the running backs before ending his stint leading the offensive line and serving as the Bulls' recruiting coordinator. Current UCF running backs coach Danny Barrett was at Buffalo from 2007-09 as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.

While in Buffalo, Mogridge coached freshman running back James Starks to the All-MAC Second Team in 2006 - the first time a UB freshman earned all-league honors. Starks went on to become the school's first 1,000-yard rusher (in the FBS era) a year later. During that 2007 season, the offensive line paved the way for a school FBS record 291 points and 258 completions by quarterback Drew Willy. On the O-line was center Jamey Richard, who was an All-MAC honoree and eventually taken in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

In Mogridge's final season, Buffalo claimed the 2008 MAC title with a victory over heavily-favored Ball State and earned the school's second bowl berth.

Mogridge spent one year as a strength and conditioning coach at UNC while pursuing his master's degree. He also worked in the Carolina Panthers 2000 training camp before playing for one year in the Arena Football League with the Carolina Cobras. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant on defense at Buffalo from 2001-02, helping the Bulls jump from near the bottom of total defense to 45th in the nation in 2001. He then helped lead Western Carolina as its defensive ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2003.

Mogridge lettered at North Carolina from 1996-99 while playing four different positions - tight end, fullback, offensive tackle and defensive end. He earned the Kenan Award for Leadership as a senior, and went to four bowl games highlighted by the 1996 and 1997 Gator Bowls. UNC was a combined 21-3 over those two seasons and finished No. 4 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll in 1997.

A native of Maryville, Tenn., Mogridge earned his bachelor's degree in history in 1999, and married the former Jennifer Carpenter. The couple has three daughters, Livi, Izzy and Lola Sofia.

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The Allen Mogridge File
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.
College Education: North Carolina, 1999
Coaching Experience:
Offensive line - Temple, 2013
Tight ends/special teams - UCF, 2012
Tight ends/special teams/recruiting coordinator - North Carolina, 2009-11
Offensive line/recruiting coordinator - Buffalo, 2006-08
Running Backs - Buffalo, 2004-05
Defensive ends/recruiting coordinator - Western Carolina, 2003
Graduate assistant coach/defense - Buffalo, 201-02

 

 

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