AMES, Iowa -- New Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell has promoted Tom Manning from offensive line coach to offensive coordinator.
The Ames Tribune was first to report the story. Manning joined Campbell in coming to Iowa State from Toledo, and was initially named offensive line coach upon their mutual arrival.
At Toledo, Manning was the offensive line coach for the past four seasons, and even had a hand in calling some of the plays.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here at Iowa State with Coach Campbell,” Manning said in an ISU press release when he arrived in Ames. “Hearing about Coach Campbell's experiences at Iowa State, I knew this was also the right place for our family. The people, you can tell, make the university. That’s the thing that we are excited about the most. Working with the people.”
The promotion two weeks later was largely due to the success the Toledo program had at moving the ball on the ground and protecting the quarterback. Toledo finished 26th in the nation in rushing yards per game and only allowed four sacks last season, the second-fewest in the nation.
One of the biggest tasks for Manning will be replacing three starters on the offensive line, including center Jamison Lalk, guard Oni Omoile and tackle Brock Dagel.
The difficult responsibility is something he does have great experience doing, however. Toledo had to replace all five of their starters in 2015 from the season before and posted a record of 9-2.