During his days at Tulane, Frank Scelfo developed a reputation for his wide-open, aerial assaults with the Green Wave.
However, like any good offensive coordinator, Scelfo is seasoned and savvy enough to adjust to his personnel.
And that's exactly what he did in 2008 for Louisiana Tech. Scelfo took a tandem of talented running backs, an efficient quarterback and a young receiving corps and turned it into a bowl champion caliber offensive unit for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs offense was efficient and work-man like en route to helping the program claim the 2008 Independence Bowl title, the first for LA Tech in more than three decades.
Behind a ground game which ranked second in the WAC and 27th in the country and featured running backs Daniel Porter and Patrick Jackson, Tech increased its scoring average by more than four points a game from the previous season and by more than a full touchdown from 2006.
Porter earned first team all-WAC honors after posting the seventh-best single season rushing total in program history with 1,164 yards and eight touchdowns while Jackson added over 600 yards and nine more scores.
In all, the Bulldogs registered six games of 30 or more points in 2008, equaling the combined total from the previous two seasons.
And while Scelfo was calling the offensive plays, he was also mentoring sophomore quarterback Ross Jenkins who became the starter in week No. 6 and led LA Tech to a 6-2 mark down the stretch, including the 17-10 win over Northern Illinois in the bowl game.
Although Jenkins, who had never started a collegiate game, was not flashy, he certainly was effective as he threw only two interceptions over the final eight games of the year while leading the Bulldogs to numerous fourth quarter victories.
Scelfo, who knew Louisiana Tech University well following his four-month stay in the fall of 2005 after the Tulane football program relocated to Ruston in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, enters his third season as the Bulldogs quarterback coach and OC.
Dooley hired Scelfo after the former Tulane offensive guru spent 11 seasons on the Green Wave staff, including his last eight as the program's offensive coordinator.
While at Tulane, Scelfo helped lead the Green Wave to one of its most successful decades in the program's history, including an undefeated season and the 1998 Conference USA and Liberty Bowl titles.
Scelfo directed one of the most innovative offenses in the college game as the Green Wave finished ranked in the top 30 nationally in passing offense five times, including ranking 3rd in passing offense (324.45) in 2000, 5th in passing offense (327.3) in 1999 and 12th in passing offense (291.50) in 2001.
In 2000, Tulane ranked 7th nationally in total offense, averaging more than 450 yards per game.
Scelfo also mentored four NFL signal callers in Ruston native Patrick Ramsey (Denver Broncos), J.P. Losman (Buffalo Bills), Lester Ricard (Jacksonville Jaguars), and Shaun King (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Those four quarterbacks produced mind-boggling numbers as Scelfo's protègès during their careers. Each one of the four finished their careers ranked in the top five in Tulane history in career passing.
The New Iberia native produced Tulane's all-time passing leader (Ramsey), all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader (Mewelde Moore), all-time touchdown receptions leader (Roydell Williams) and all-time scoring leader (Seth Marler).
Moore also became only the second player in NCAA history to rush for more than 4,000 yards and receive for more than 2,000 yards during his time under Scelfo.
A total of eight Tulane offensive players were selected in the NFL Draft during Scelfo's tenure, including running back Jerald Sowell (1997, 7th round), King (1999, 2nd round), wide receiver JaJuan Dawson (2000, 3rd round), offensive lineman Bernard Robertson (2001, 5th round), Ramsey (2002, 1st round), Losman (2004, 1st round), Moore (2004, 4th round) and Williams (2005, 4th round).
Scelfo earned his bachelor's degree and master's at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) in 1981 and 1983, respectively, while playing for the Indians. He was named NLU's 1981 Athlete of the Year.
Scelfo is married to Holly Kingery, and the couple has two sons, Anthony and Jordan. Anthony was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
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