Mike Polly, a former graduate assistant for the Blue Raiders, begins his second season on Rick Stockstill’s staff as running backs coach. Polly made his return to Middle Tennessee after spending three years at Murray State overseeing the offensive tackles and tight ends.
The 2013 campaign saw Polly produce four different backs that had 100 or more yards rushing in a game while igniting an offense that accounted for 2,591 rushing yards to rank 31st nationally. The top four rushers were all underclassmen and the main reason the offense amassed seven games of 200 or more yards on the ground.
During Polly’s three years at MSU, the Racers ranked in the top five nationally in total offense each season while his offensive line helped pave the way for the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher in nearly a decade. Polly has added the responsibilities of special team’s coordinator in 2011.
In 2012, the Racer offense ranked fifth nationally in total offense, passing offense, and scoring offense. Polly’s group also helped all-american signal-caller Casey Brockman rank second nationally in total offense, while all-american receiver Walter Powell was fourth nationally in receptions per game.
The 2011 season saw consistency at the tackle position as Raymond Hopson and Roderick Tomlin combined to start all 11 games. The duo combined to anchor an offensive line that blocked for one of the top offenses in the FCS. Hopson was honored at the end of the season as a second-team all-OVC selection, the first all-conference offensive lineman since 2004.
The Racer offense averaged 460.9 yards of offense and went over 5,000 yards of total offense for just the fourth time in school history.
The offensive line also paved the way for the first 1,000-yard rusher in nearly a decade, and just the 10th in the history of the program. As a team, the Racers rushed for over 150 yards in five games, and closed out the season by eclipsing the 200-yard mark in each of the last two games.
Consistency was also the case with the tackles in 2010 as Hopson and Tomlin combined to start all but one game. The duo anchored the line that allowed just 16 sacks in 515 pass attempts. The Racers allowed one sack or fewer in eight games.
The Racer offense was one of the best in the country as it ranked fourth in passing offense, fifth in total offense and fifth in scoring offense. The line also paved the way for one of the league’s best rushing attacks over the second half of the season.
Prior to joining the Racers staff, Polly spent three seasons as an offensive graduate assistant on Stockstill’s staff at Middle Tennessee from 2007 to 2009.
In 2009, Polly helped guide an offensive line that paved the way for an offense that accumulated 421.7 yards a game, and allowed just 19 sacks in 436 pass attempts.
The Blue Raiders capped off their best season in school history by defeating Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl to finish with a record of 10-3.
He joined the coaching profession at Georgetown College during the spring of 2007 with film break down, overseeing the weight room, and assisting the offensive line coach during spring drills.
The Erlanger, Ky., native played at Georgetown College, where he helped the Tigers to four-straight Mid-South Conference championships. As a co-captain, he was selected to the All-MSC team as a senior.
Polly’s accolades carried over into the classroom as he was a four-time Academic All-MSC selection, as well as being named a Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete three times.
Polly played his prep ball at Dixie Heights High School, where he was a first-team all-state selection.
Polly, who graduated with a degree in marketing in 2006, was also the recipient of the Georgetown College Scholar Athlete of the Year and the No “I” in Team award, which is selected by faculty, staff and students.
He received his master’s in sport management from Middle Tennessee in 2008.
THE POLLY FILE
Season at MT: 2nd
Date Hired: February 12, 2013
Recruiting Area: Southeast Georgia, West Coast Florida, North Alabama
Birthdate: November 10, 1983
Hometown: Erlanger, KY
High School: Dixie Heights, 2002
College: Georgetown College, B.S. in Business Administration, 2006
Offensive Lineman at Georgetown College (2002-2006)
2007 (spring): Georgetown College (offensive line)
2007-09: Middle Tennessee (graduate assistant)
2010: Murray State (offensive tackles/tight ends)
2011-12: Murray State (special team’s coordinator/offensive line)
2013-Present: MT (running backs)
2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach)
2013: Armed Forces Bowl (coach)