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  Eddie Gran
Eddie Gran

Position:
Associate HC / Special Teams Coordinator / RB Coach

Experience:
3rd Season at FSU

Alma Mater:
Cal Lutheran '87


12/31/2012

Orange Bowl Preview: FSU vs. Northern Illinois

The Seminoles take on the Huskies -- winners of 12 straight -- Tuesday night with a coveted BCS-bowl victory on the line.

09/26/2012

Running Back Over Linebacker? Not a Wild Idea

James Wilder, Jr. said he would have considered a move to defense had he continued to struggle on offense for FSU. Four games into the 2012 season and it's clear there's no such need for such a switch, writes Brandon Mellor.

08/25/2012

Eddie Gran: More Than A Coach

Eddie Gran knows how valuable every moment is, and his players have followed his lead.

08/17/2012

Fall Camp Questions Part 2

Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor answers your FSU football inquires from the Al Dunlap Practice Fields.

08/14/2012

Fall Camp Questions Part 1

Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor answers your FSU football inquires from the Al Dunlap Practice Fields.

The Gran File
Birthdate: July 21, 1965
Hometown:Escondido, CA
High School: Orange Glen
College: Cal Lutheran
Family: wife, Rosemary Scaife Gran; daughters, Hannah, Dillan, Sydney and Lucy Grace.

Coaching Background

• Eddie Gran is in his 26th season of collegiate coaching and his third season at Florida State, where he serves as associate head coach, tutoring the running backs and coordinating special teams.

• Under Gran's direction, Florida State boasted the nation's second-best special teams unit in 2011 based on the Football Outsiders Efficiency Ratings. Shawn Powell became FSU's first consensus All-American punter and the school's all-time leader in multiple punting categories as a three-year starter. Powell led the Football Bowl Subdivision with a 47-yard overall average and the Seminoles ranked second nationally in net punting (41.3). Kicker Dustin Hopkins was named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award and enters the 2012 season with 326 career

points, having made 63 of 92 FG attempts (.768) and 137 of 141 PATs, including the last 130 in a row. Gran's return game features some of the most electrifying players in Greg Reid. Lamarcus Joyner and Karlos Williams. Reid is one of the nation's most dangerous punt return specialists who heads into his 2012 needing just 312 yards to break Deion Sanders' career mark for punt return yards. While 2011 was a breakout season for his special teams, Gran's running back corps played behind a banged up offensive line bringing down the group's production from the 2010 season. However, Gran still produced one of the top freshman running backs in FSU history as Devonta Freeman ran for 579 yards - the fifth best single season total by an FSU freshmen. Freeman also led the team with eight rushing touchdowns.

• Gran helped develop Florida State's running game into one of the strongest in the ACC in his first season in Tallahassee in 2009. The Seminoles averaged nearly 5.0 yards per carry and ranked third in the league in rushing touchdowns with 27. The Seminoles ranked fourth in the league in scoring as compared to sixth the year before Gran's arrival. In 2010, three Seminole running backs gained more than 400 yards rushing on the ground led by FSU's leading rusher Chris Thompson, who gained 845 yards. It was only the sixth time in FSU history that a trio gained more than 400 yards in a season. FSU ran for more than 200 yards five times as a team including a 298-yard performance against in-state rival Miami which capped off a string of four consecutive 200-yard rushing games - BYU (278), Wake Forest (201), Virginia (256) and Miami (298). FSU ran for 218 yards in the Chick-fil-A bowl win over SEC East Champion South Carolina.

• Gran spent 15 seasons as a running backs coach and special teams coordinator in the SEC, including 10 years at Auburn, followed by a stop at Tennessee before coming to Florida State in 2010.

Gran has a strong record for developing backfield talent. During his 14 seasons as the assistant to Tommy Tuberville at Ole Miss and Auburn, he sent eight running backs to the NFL, including former Tigers Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Rudi Johnson, Brandon Jacobs, Heath Evans and Kenny Irons. They were preceded by former Rebels Deuce McCallister and John Avery.

• Tennessee's Mario Hardesty (1,345 yards) added his name to the lengthy list of 1,000-yard rushers Gran has worked with over the course of his career in `09. Hardesty, who did not fumble on 282 carries from scrimmage in 2009, was a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He was selected one slot after Auburn's Ben Tate (Houston Texans), whom Gran coached in 2008.

• Gran's tenure as a special teams coach included oversight of Auburn kicker John Vaughn, who was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006. With his hands-on approach in all facets of special teams play, Gran is widely regarded as one of the most meticulous in tutoring the game's critical "third phase."

• Beyond the playing field, Gran has established himself as one of the nation's top recruiters. He has spent the better part of two decades recruiting Miami and greater South Florida as his primary territory, where he first crossed paths with Jimbo Fisher. The fertile ground has remained his primary recruiting area with the Seminoles and he helped the Seminoles attract the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2011. He and fellow assistant coach Lawrence Dawsey were named two of ESPN.com's Top 25 Recruiters of the Year in 2011.

• Gran and his wife, Rosemary, are deeply involved in the community for a cause that has changed their lives and continues to impact others. The Sydney Gran Foundation is a charity designed to support children's hospitals and other families whose children are facing serious illness. Sydney, the third of the Gran's four daughters, was born with the rare disease called Holoprosnecephaly. She passed away just shy of her sixth birthday in 2005. Additional information is available at www.sydneygranfoundation.org.

• Gran's 25 seasons in the college ranks includes stops from coast-to-coast. It began at his alma mater Cal Lutheran, where he played four seasons as a wide receiver. Like fellow FSU staff members Mark Stoops and D.J. Eliot, Gran also served on the staff at the University of Miami.

Gran's Coaching Ledger

Year School Position W-L Postseason
1987 Cal Lutheran WR 4-6
1988 Cal Lutheran WR 2-8
1989 SE Missouri St RB 0-0
1989 East Carolina GA 5-5-1
1990 Miami (Fla.) GA 10-2 Cotton
1991 Miami (Fla.) GA 12-0 Orange
1992 Cincinnati WR 3-8
1993 Cincinnati WR 8-3
1994 Idaho State WR 6-5
1995 Ole Miss RB 6-5
1996 Ole Miss RB 5-6
1997 Ole Miss RB 8-4 Motor City
1998 Ole Miss RB 6-5 Independence
1999 Auburn RB/ST 5-6
2000 Auburn RB/ST 9-4 Citrus
2001 Auburn RB/ST 7-4 Peach
2002 Auburn RB/ST 9-4 Capital One
2003 Auburn RB/ST 8-5 Music City
2004 Auburn RB/ST 13-0 Sugar
2005 Auburn RB/ST 9-3 Capital One
2006 Auburn RB/ST 11-2 Cotton
2007 Auburn RB/ST 9-4 Chick-fil-A
2008 Auburn RB/ST 5-7
2009 Tennessee RB/ST 7-6 Chick-fil-A
2010 Florida State RB/ST 10-4 Chick-fil-A
2011 Florida State RB/ST 9-4 Champs Sports

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