Dan Cozzetto Named ASU's Tight Ends Coach

Dec. 17, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

Dan Cozzetto has been named ArizonaStateUniversity's tight ends coach and will also assist in coaching the offensive line, head coach Dennis Erickson announced Sunday.


Cozzetto, a 27-year coaching veteran, returns to Tempe, where he served as ASU's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 1992-99.  Additionally, he has coached for a total of 14 years for four different teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. Overall, Cozzetto has coached under Erickson for five seasons at the University of Idaho (2006), with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers (2004) and at OregonStateUniversity (2000-02). He has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Washington (2003), the University of California (1990-91) and at the University of Idaho (1979-89).

During Cozzetto's eight seasons as ASU's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, his offenses averaged 396.3 yards of total offense per game and Cozzetto guided a total of 20 offensive players (eight offensive linemen) that were ultimately drafted into the NFL.

In 1999, Cozzetto led a Sun Devil offense that averaged 172.1 rushing yards-per-game, an average that has not been topped by an ASU offense since that season. Offensive tackle Marvel Smith (Sporting News) and tight end Todd Heap (AP) both earned Third-Team All-America honors, while Heap, tailback J.R. Redmond and Smith earned First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition and tight end Kendrick Bates, tailback Delvon Flowers, offensive tackle Victor Leyva and guard Scott Peters all earned Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades.

Cozzetto's 1998 offense averaged 411.8 yards per game, the third straight season ASU cracked the 400-yard mark. That year, ASU averaged 259 yards per game passing, which at the time was the highest average in school history. Center Grey Ruegamer was recognized as a Walter Camp All-America selection, and was named a Second-Team All-American by Football News. Additionally, tailback J.R. Redmond and Ruegamer earned First-Team All-Pac-10, and wide receiver Lenzie Jackson, fullback Jeff Paulk and left tackle Marvel Smith were named as Honorable Mention All-Pac-10.

In 1997, Cozzetto's offense led the Pac-10 in rushing (193.8 ypg) and was fourth in total offense (406.5 ypg). Offensive linemen Kyle Murphy and Grey Ruegamer were first-team all-Pac-10 while Murphy was a Third-Team All-American by The Football News and the Associated Press. Ruegamer was Third-Team All-American by The Sporting News. Cozzetto helped guide Murphy, tailback J.R. Redmond and Ruegamer to First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition, while wide receiver Lenzie Jackson, tailback Michael Martin and tight end Zack Romero all were tabbed as Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honorees.

Cozzetto's offense for the 11-1, 1996 Pac-10 Conference Champion and Rose Bowl participant Sun Devils was one of the most potent and dangerous in school history, averaging 474.4 total yards-per-game and 42.6 points-per-game.  Leading the way was quarterback Jake Plummer, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Pac-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year, one of eight offensive players for ASU to earn All-Conference recognition. Also, Cozzetto mentored four offensive players to earn All-America honors, including tailback Terry Battle, Plummer, wide receiver Keith Poole and left tackle Juan Roque (Consensus All-America). In the past 34 seasons, only the 1981 Sun Devil squad topped ASU's 234.1 rushing yards-per-game average that year. Also, Cozzetto's offense helped to accumulate the 64 touchdowns scored by ASU as a team that season, the second-highest single-season total in Sun Devil history. 

During Cozzetto's first four seasons at ASU, 18 offensive players for the Sun Devils earned All-Pac-10 recogntion, and in 1995, left tackle Juan Roque earned Second-Team All-America recognition by The Sporting News, while both Roque and quarterback Jake Plummer earned Honorable Mention All-America honors by Football News.


Cozzetto joins Al Simmons and Grady Stretz as the assistant coaches officially named to Erickson's staff. Erickson was introduced as head coach by Arizona State University Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love on Dec. 11.  


More hires on Coach Erickson's staff will be announced once they are approved by ASU's Human Resources Department.

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