Veteran offensive line coach B.J. Anderson returned to Texas A&M as part of Kevin Sumlin’s first coaching staff and his unit has produced two All-Americans and high NFL first-round draft picks in his two seasons in Aggieland.
Under Anderson’s guidance, the Aggies have fielded some of the nation’s top offensive fronts the past two seasons. The “Maroon Goons” produced two first-team All-Americans in 2012 in Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, and Joeckel also won the prestigious Outland Trophy. Joeckel went on to be selected No. 2 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Last year, Matthews repeated as a first-team All-American and was taken sixth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Anderson’s charges have helped clear the way for the top two offenses in SEC history with 7,261 total yards in 2012 and 6,999 in 2013. The Aggies have led the SEC in passing, total and scoring offense the past two seasons.
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 from 2009-11 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 to 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.