JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) — Arkansas State head football coach Bryan Harsin announced Monday that former All-American and NFL player Brad Bedell, who most recently spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at New Mexico State, has been named the Red Wolves offensive line coach.
Bedell also oversaw the offensive line at NMSU, a group that included All-Western Athletic Conference selection Davonte Wallace. The Aggies' line helped their offense compile 4,024 yards total offense, including over 1,171 yards on the ground and 2,853 through the air.
Prior to New Mexico State, Bedell served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at UC Davis in 2011. During his one season at UC Davis, Bedell coached two First Team All-Great West Conference selections in offensive linemen Sean Davies and Ray Wilburn.
Bedell went to UC Davis from Northern Colorado, where he was also the Bears' offensive line coach for the 2010 season. His lone season at the school saw the Bears average 357.8 yards total offense per game, while also ranking 31st in the nation in passing yards (227.0 ypg). Bedell coached two All-Big Sky Conference choices, including offensive tackle Lee Barbiasz and center Tim McGraw.
Bedell began his coaching career as an offensive intern from 2007-09 at Colorado, his alma mater. He worked with the Buffaloes coaching staff after ending a six-year NFL career with four teams, including the Houston Texans (2006), Green Bay Packers (2004-05), Miami Dolphins (2003) and Cleveland Browns (2000-01). Bedell saw action in 40 NFL games, including four as a starter, during his pro career.
"Coach Bedell brings six years of experience as a player in the NFL with him, and he was recognized as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation as a college player," said Harsin. "He has been able to apply what he learned from those experiences to what he is doing on the field and in recruiting as a coach, so he will be a valuable part of this staff and we are excited to have him here at Arkansas State."
His desire to coach led him back to Colorado, where he earned two letters as an offensive guard in 1998 and 1999 and was named a First Team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America as a senior. He was tabbed Second Team All-America by the Associated Press and named First Team All-Big 12 as a senior as well. He used a medical redshirt in 1997 after a neck injury sidelined him following the second game of the season, but graded out at 89 percent over his final two seasons.
Bedell played the 1995 and 1996 seasons at Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College, where he was a first Team All-America choice and rated as the top junior college offensive lineman and the No. 4 overall junior college recruit in the nation in 1996. As a sophomore right offensive tackle, he did not allow a sack all season and was called for only one penalty while leading the Mounties to an 8-2 record and win over over Chaffey College in the Southern California Bowl.