Texas Tour in Midland

Featuring Baylor Football Offensive Coordinator Jeff Grimes
Event held May 24, 2022

About our Speaker

Jeff GrimesJeff Grimes
Baylor Football Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends

Jeff Grimes serves as Baylor's offensive coordinator and tight end coach. He joined Dave Aranda's staff in January 2021. A 28-year coaching veteran, Grimes, who led the BYU offense from 2018-20, was named a finalist for the 2020 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

A native of Garland, Texas, Grimes directed a high-powered offense at BYU in 2020 that finished its season ranked in the top 15 in 10 different statistical categories including scoring (3rd, 43.5 ppg), total offense (7th, 522.2 ypg) and passing offense (8th, 332.1 ppg).

The 2020 Cougars tied for the national lead in yards per play at 7.84, and led all of FBS in plays of 30 or more yards with 45. Overall, BYU scored 40 or more points nine times in 12 games.

Under Grimes’ leadership, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and Manning Award, as well as a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award. In 2020, Wilson passed for 3,692 yards, 33 touchdowns and posted a 196.4 passing efficiency. He finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally in 11 offensive categories.

Led by All-American offensive lineman Brady Christensen, the BYU offensive line allowed only 12 sacks in 12 games, the eighth-best per game average in the country, and helped the Cougars to the fourth-most rushing touchdowns nationally with 34. Running back Tyler Allgeier rushed for 1,130 yards, the ninth-best total in BYU history and the eighth-best total by a FBS player for the season.

Overall, BYU had four offensive players named to All-America teams in 2020, including Wilson, Christensen, and wide receiver Dax Milne. Additionally, freshman tight end Isaac Rex earned Freshman All-America honors from The Athletic. Wilson (1st round, No. 3 overall, New York Jets), Christensen (3rd round, Carolina) and Milne (7th round, Washington) were each selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.

In addition to his time as a coordinator, Grimes has extensive experience as one of the country’s top offensive line coaches. Since 2000, 17 offensive linemen that played under Grimes have been selected in the NFL Draft including three first rounders (Levi Jones, Nate Solder and Greg Robinson).

He served as offensive line coach and run game coordinator at LSU from 2014-17. While in Baton Rouge, Grimes had three of his players selected in the NFL Draft to go along with nine earn All-SEC honors and four be selected as All-Americans (La’el Collins, Vadal Alexander, Ethan Pocic and Will Clapp).

LSU's offensive line helped pave the way for four consecutive 1,000-yard rushers in each of Grimes’ four seasons. In 49 games as LSU's offensive line coach and run game coordinator, the Tigers had at least one running back reach the 100-yard rushing mark 34 times.

He spent one season as run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Virginia Tech in 2013 following four seasons as offensive line coach at Auburn from 2009-12 that included the program’s second National Championship in 2010.

During Auburn's 2010 national championship season, Grimes' coached an offensive line that helped set school records for total yards of offense (6,989) and points (577) for a second consecutive season. The Tigers were No. 5 nationally in rushing yards per game (284.8) and led the SEC in scoring (41.2). Auburn's 2010 team set school records for rushing touchdowns (41), passing touchdowns (31), rushing yards (3,987) and had three offensive linemen earn individual honors.

Grimes also had successful stints leading the offensive lines at Colorado (2007-08), BYU (2004-06), Arizona State (2001-03) and Boise State (2000). He got his start in collegiate coaching at Hardin-Simmons (1998-99), and also served as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M (1996-97) and Rice (1995). Following the completion of his playing career he coached at Riverside High School in El Paso (1993-94).

Grimes earned his bachelor's degree in education from UTEP in 1991 and a master’s degree in education administration from Texas A&M in 1997. He and his wife, Sheri, have four children, daughters, Bailey and Jada, and sons, Garrison and Greydon.

About our Emcee

David WetzelDavid Wetzel
Associate Athletic Director for Football Relations, Baylor University

David Wetzel joined the Baylor staff in December 2016. He serves as associate athletics director for football relations.

He returned to his alma mater after 25 seasons coaching at the high school level in Texas, including the final 13 years from 2004-16 as head coach and athletic coordinator at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. He also served as the president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association at the time of his hiring. His overall head coaching record at three high schools was 163-71.

Wetzel led Reagan to seven district championships and five regional finals over a nine-year span, including undefeated district titles in each of his last four seasons, and amassed a 114-42 record over 13 years. In his second season at Reagan in 2005, he led the Rattlers to the school’s first winning season in school history.

Prior to Reagan, Wetzel spent four seasons from 2000-03 as the head coach at Killeen High School. He led the 2000 squad to its first playoff berth since 1994 and the 2001 team to the 5A Div. II regional quarterfinals.

He spent the 1998-99 seasons as head coach and athletic director at Hyde Park Baptist High School in Austin, advancing to the state semifinals both years. Wetzel began his coaching career as an assistant at Ellison High School in Killeen from 1992-97, where he served as offensive coordinator, secondary coach and wide receivers coach over his tenure.

Wetzel lettered two seasons at wide receiver for Baylor in 1990 and 1991 under legendary head coach Grant Teaff. He graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 1987 and played on the 1985 state championship football team. He was named all-state as a defensive back and all-West Texas as a receiver.

He and his wife Shana are the parents of three boys, Garren, Skyler and Chase.

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