Veteran offensive line coach B.J. Anderson returned to Texas A&M as part of Kevin Sumlin’s first coaching staff and his unit produced a pair of All-Americans in his first year in 2012.
The 2012 Aggies produced a pair of first-team All-America offensive linemen for the first time since the mid-1950s in Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, and Joeckel went on to become the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Last year’s offensive front cleared the way for an offense that led the Southeastern Conference in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense, and was generally regarded as one of the nation’s finest. It also protected 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who became the first SEC player to generate 5,000-plus yards in a season.
Anderson returned to Texas A&M in 2012 where he served as a graduate assistant from 1999-2001, and where he first worked with Sumlin. During his three seasons with Sumlin at Houston, the Cougars posted double-digit wins twice, including 2011’s school-record 13 victories and bowl triumph over Penn State.
Anderson coached five offensive lineman to All-Conference USA honors while paving the way for the Cougar offense that finished in the top 11 in total offense the past three seasons, and was the nation’s most prolific offense in 2009 and 2011.
In Anderson’s first season in 2009, the Cougars finished with a 10-4 overall record while winning the C-USA West Division with a 6-2 league mark. UH knocked off Texas Tech, No. 5 Oklahoma State and Mississippi State and were 4-0 in non-conference action. Statistically, the University of
Houston led the nation in passing offense (433.7), total offense (563.4) and scoring offense (42.2). While protecting record-setting quarterback Case Keenum, the Cougars ranked third nationally in lowest pass attempts-to-sack ratio.
Despite a true-freshman quarterback at the helm in 2010 due an injury to Keenum, the UH offense ranked in the top five nationally in passing offense with 327.3 yards per game, and top 15 in total offense and scoring offense.
Anderson’s final season at Houston produced a 13-1 overall record and the highest BCS final ranking (No. 19) in school history. UH finished the year leading the NCAA in total offense (599.0), passing offense (443.8) and scoring (50.8). Keenum, who finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting, led the nation in passing (392.2) and total offense (394.2).
Anderson arrived at Houston after spending three seasons at Sam Houston State coordinating the Bearkats’ rushing game and coaching the offensive line. Anderson coached multiple All-Southland Conference lineman at Sam Houston and his offensive front cleared the way for the league’s top rusher and Offensive Player of the Year D.D. Terry in 2006.
Prior to his stint at Sam Houston State, Anderson spent three seasons at Tarleton State, where the Texans compiled a 24-8 record. Tarleton State won division titles in the Lone Star Conference in both 2002 and 2003, advancing to the NCAA Division II national playoffs in 2003.
Anderson spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, where he was responsible for instruction of the Aggies’ offensive tackles and working with the scout team. During his time at A&M, the Aggies went to the Alamo, Independence and Galleryfurniture.com bowls.
A native of Van, Texas, Anderson is a 1997 graduate of Stephen F. Austin University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Anderson helped coach the offensive line and tight ends for his alma mater in 1997 and 1998. Anderson and his wife, Stacey, have two sons, Justus and Gage.
Born: Sept. 3, 1974
Hometown: Van, Texas
Hometown: Justus and Gage
High School: Van
College: Stephen F. Austin, bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, 1997
2012- pres.: Texas A&M (offensive line)
2009-11: Houston (offensive line)
2005-08: Sam Houston State (run-game coordinator/offensive line)
2002-04: Tarleton State (offensive line)
1999-01: Texas A&M (grad asst./OL)
1998: Stephen F. Austin (tight ends)
1997: Stephen F. Austin (grad asst./OL)
2013: at&t Cotton (Texas A&M)
2011: Ticket City (Houston)
2009: Armed Forces (Houston)
2001: GalleryFurniture.com (Texas A&M)
2000: Independence (Texas A&M)
1999: Alamo (Texas A&M)