|Other Position:||Running Backs|
|Alma Mater:||Central Florida|
An innovative coach regarded as one of the nation's finest offensive minds, Tim Beck has played a key role in Nebraska's success over the past several season. Beck is beginning his seventh season at Nebraska and his fourth year as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Beck, a Broyles Award nominee as the nation's top assistant in both 2012 and 2013, spent his first three seasons on staff tutoring the running backs.
Beck owns more than 25 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons as a collegiate assistant and nine years as a high school head coach. Beck has coached teams to eight bowl games, including each of the past three as Nebraska's offensive coordinator.
Nebraska has averaged more than 32 points per game in Beck’s three seasons as offensive coordinator. In 2013, the Huskers averaged just under 30 points per game after dealing with multiple key injuries. NU started three different quarterbacks on the season in a year where it expected to rely on four-year starter Taylor Martinez. Martinez was the coaches’ choice as the 2012 first-team All-Big Ten quarterback and NU’s all-time career passing and total offense leader. Injuries limited Martinez to just four starts in 2013, while redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. earned eighth starts and senior Ron Kellogg III started Nebraska’s final regular-season game after Armstrong was sidelined by an injury.
The injuries were not limited to the backfield. NU has suffered injuries to five starters on the offensive line, including losing 2012 second-team All-American Spencer Long in the sixth game of the season. With the injuries, Nebraska was forced to use six different starting offensive lines in the final seven games of the regular season, a stretch that also saw NU utilize three starting quarterbacks.
Despite the injuries - which also affected a talented wide receiving corps - Nebraska joined Ohio State and Wisconsin as the only Big Ten teams to score at least 17 points in every game during the 2013 season.
Beck relied heavily on first-team All-Big Ten running back Ameer Abdullah, a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award. Abdullah rushed for a Big Ten-best 1,690 yards in 2013, the highest total by a Husker since All-American Ahman Green ran for 1,877 yards in 1997. Behind Abdullah - one of two running backs nationally to lead his team in total offense - Nebraska ranked 19th nationally in rushing at 215.7 yards per game. The 2013 season marked the fourth consecutive year Nebraska ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing offense.
In the passing game, three Huskers threw for more than 600 yards, a first in school history. Senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa hauled in a school-record 12 touchdown passes, and broke the record in style with a school-record 99-yard TD reception in the Gator Bowl.
Joining Abdullah as All-Big Ten selections in 2013 were senior Cole Pensick as a second-team offensive lineman and wide receiver Kenny Bell and offensive tackles Andrew Rodriguez and Jeremiah Sirles as honorable-mention selections. Bell will enter his senior season in position to become Nebraska's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage.
When healthy, Beck has boasted productive offenses. NU has scored at least two touchdowns in 39 of Beck’s 40 games as offensive coordinator.
In 2012, Beck’s offense scored 57 offensive touchdowns, the program’s most since 2008. The Huskers averaged 34.8 points per game in 2012, a total that ranked 28th nationally. Overall, NU produced 487 total points in 2012, the highest total since the 2000 Huskers scored 522 points.
In addition to the impressive scoring totals, Nebraska was eighth nationally in rushing in 2012 (253.4 yards per game) and 26th nationally in total offense (460.8 yards per game). NU led the Big Ten Conference in total offense and rushing offense, while ranking second in scoring. On the ground, the Huskers rushed for at least 200 yards 12 times last season, the program's highest total since also rushing for 200 yards times times in 1997.
Martinez flourished in his second season in Beck's offense. The coaches' selection as the first-team All-Big Ten quarterback, Martinez accounted for a school-record 3,890 yards of total offense in 2012. Martinez rushed for 1,019 yards in 2012 - the fourth-highest total by a quarterback in school history - and he threw for 2,871 yards, the highest total ever by a Husker junior and the third-highest mark overall in school history.
As a testament to Beck's versatility as a play caller, Martinez posted three 300-yard passing performances and five 100-yard rushing efforts. Martinez established a school record with a 91.9 percent completion percentage against Arkansas State and rushed for 205 yards against the nation's eighth-ranked rushing defense at Michigan State, the third-best rushing performance by a quarterback in Husker history. Martinez accounted for 32 total touchdowns in 2012 (10 rushing, 22 passing), tying the NU school record. In addition to the impressive season totals, Martinez also became Nebraska's career passing and total offense leader during the 2012 campaign.
Abdullah also excelled in Beck's offense as a sophomore in 2012. Abdullah rushed for 1,137 yards, the sixth-highest sophomore total in school history, an impressive performance after carrying the ball only 42 times and rushing for 150 yards as a true freshman in 2011 behind All-Big Ten back Rex Burkhead. Abdullah's performance earned him second-team all-conference accolades from the league's coaches.
Bell was another sophomore who flourished in Beck's offense in 2012. After becoming the second freshman in school history to lead Nebraska in receptions and receiving yards in 2011, Bell repeated the feat in 2012. Bell set NU sophomore records with 50 catches, 863 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, leading the team in all three categories. Bell, who also set a Husker sophomore record with three 100-yard receiving games, ranked fourth overall on Nebraska's season receiving touchdowns chart, fourth in receiving yards, sixth in 100-yard receiving games, seventh in receptions and ninth in yards per reception (17.5). He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection.
In addition to the trio of skill players, other Huskers earned individual honors in 2012. Offensive guard Spencer Long, a former walk-on, earned second-team All-America honors from both the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation, in addition to being a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection. Offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles also earned second-team all-conference honors, while tight ends Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed and center Justin Jackson were honorable-mention selections.Beck produced impressive results in his first year as an offensive coordinator. Nebraska averaged nearly 30 points per game, and the Huskers scored at least two touchdowns in every game in 2011, a feat NU has accomplished only twice in the past 10 seasons. Nebraska’s rushing attack flourished under Beck’s direction, averaging 217.2 yards per game to rank 15th nationally. Nebraska averaged 200 yards rushing for only the second time in the past eight seasons.
The Beck File
Date of Birth: March 14, 1966
Family: Wife, Tamara; Son Jordan, Daughter, Haylie Marie
Education: Bachelor’s, liberal studies, Central Florida, 1988
Playing Experience: 1984-85, Central Florida
Coaching Experience: 1988-89, Miramar High School, Miramar, Fla. (assistant coach); 1990, Illinois State (assistant coach/outside linebackers); 1991-92, Kansas State (graduate assistant coach); 1993-95, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, Ariz. (head coach); 1996-98, Missouri State (assistant coach/offensive coordinator); 1999-2001, R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, Texas (head coach); 2002-04, Mansfield Summitt High School, Mansfield, Texas (head coach); 2005-06, Kansas, (assistant coach/wide receivers); 2007, Kansas (assistant coach/wide receivers, pass game coordinator); 2008-10, Nebraska (assistant coach/running backs); 2011-present, Nebraska (assistant coach/offensive coordinator and quarterbacks).