Zach Yenser is in his second campaign as the offensive line coach at Cal in 2014 after working with an offensive unit in his first season at Cal in 2013 that set single-season school records for passing yards (3,977), pass completions (368) and total plays (1,046). The passing offense finished the regular-season third in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation with an average of 331.4 yards per game that was also the best in school history. Cal’s 5,443 yards of total offense was the third-highest total in school history and its average of 453.6 yards per game ranked fourth all-time at Cal.
The offensive line helped the Golden Bears put together its list of achievements on the offensive side of the ball despite being an inexperienced group that started the season with only two returning starters and played the final two thirds of the campaign with one playing a different position that he had started the previous 16 games. Still, Yenser was able to keep the unit together and help the team’s rushing game improve by 37.8 yards per game over its last five contests compared to its first seven after the insertion of two freshmen into the starting lineup.
Yenser is expected to have a more experienced group to work with in 2014 with eight players combining to start a total of 51 games during their collegiate careers returning.
“Zach has an opportunity to develop into a really fine young football coach,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “We’re excited about his group which should be one of the most improved units on our football team this season. The offensive linemen on our team are comfortable with Zach and enjoy playing for him. They like his enthusiasm and the way that he teaches the game.”
“I’m very grateful to come to a place every day where I can work with a group of young men who have a common goal of walking away from this great university with a degree and changing the world,” Yenser said.
Prior to his arrival at Cal, Yenser spent three seasons at Louisiana Tech and was hired as the offensive line coach at Troy following the 2012 campaign before eventually following Dykes out to California.
Yenser was the assistant offensive line coach for a 2012 Louisiana Tech squad that posted a 9-3 record and led the nation in both scoring offense (51.50 ppg) and total offense (577.92 ypg), while ranking third in passing offense (350.75), seventh in fewest sacks allowed (0.83 spg), 10th in turnover margin (+1.08 per game) and 17th in rushing offense (227.17 ypg).
He spent his first two seasons at Louisiana Tech from 2010-11 working with the offensive line as a graduate assistant after having previously been an offensive line consultant under Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin at Auburn in 2008 and Middle Tennessee State in 2009. Yenser was also a consultant at Texas Tech prior to the 2012 campaign.
Offensive linemen earned four first-team All-WAC honors during Yenser’s three seasons at Louisiana Tech, with Stephen Warner being named to the first team in both 2011 and 2012, Kris Cavitt in 2011 and Jordan Mills in 2012. Oscar Johnson and Kevin Sia added second-team all-conference honors in 2012.
Prior to arriving at Louisiana Tech, Yenser spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at Colquitt County High School, where he helped guide the Packers to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Georgia 5-A state semifinals.
He was also an offensive line coach at Henderson State in 2008, where his line allowed only 13.0 sacks in 430 passing attempts for an offense that racked up 13 school records and one All-Gulf South Conference selection.
Yenser began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Troy, where he was the offensive graduate assistant for the 2007 season, working specifically with the offensive line and special teams, and helping the Trojans to a share of the Sun Belt Conference title and an 8-4 overall record. The Trojans led the Sun Belt in scoring offense (34.00 ppg) and total offense (452.83 ypg), with a national ranking of 16th in the latter.
Yenser was a four-year starter at Troy and at one point appeared in 42 consecutive games from 2003-06 before graduating from the school with a bachelor’s degree in communication and fine arts in 2007. He helped the Trojans win the Sun Belt title and the New Orleans Bowl as a 2006 senior when he was a team captain and all-conference selection.
Yenser received his master’s degree in science with a concentration in sports performance from Louisiana Tech in 2012.
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