Blaine McCorkle, who spent the last eight seasons on staff with head coach Danny Rocco at both Liberty University and the University of Richmond, joins the University of Delaware football staff as offensive line coach in 2017.
A native of Pensacola, Fla. and a 2000 education graduate of Louisiana State University, McCorkle spent three seasons at Liberty in 2009-11 and five seasons at Richmond in 2012-16 with Rocco.
While with the Spiders, his offensive line units have consistently ranked among the top squads not only among Colonial Athletic Association teams but in the country. Many of his players have earned All-American and All-CAA honors during his tenure and the Spiders have established numerous school records on offense.
The Spiders allowed just five sacks for the entire season in 2012 in McCorkle’s first year on the staff to rank third in the nation; the 2013 squad set nearly every school passing record; the 2014 teams ranked No. 11 and No. 1 in the CAA in fewest sacks allowed; and the 2015 and 2016 units each ranked No. 2 in the CAA in scoring and total offense.
Under his direction, Thomas Evans earned first team All-CAA honors in 2016 and second team laurels in 2015; Nicholas Vergas earned second team honors in both 2015 and 2016; Nick Ritcher was a first team All-CAA pick and All-American in 2015; Austin Gund earned All-CAA honors in both 2013 and 2014 and was an All-American as a senior; Jacob Ruby was a third team pick in 2014,
In 2011, McCorkle coached left guard Malcolm Boyd, who was named to the Associated Press third-team All-America squad. Liberty led the Big South in passing yards and pass efficiency and finished second in scoring offense and total yards, averaging 35.9 points per game and 426.5 yards per game. The Flames were eighth in the nation in scoring and No. 20 in total offense.
In 2010, McCorkle had three players earn Big South all-conference honors, including first-team accolades for Alex Stadler and Justin Vargas. His group helped block for the nation's leading offensive threat, quarterback Mike Brown, who finished No. 1 in the country in total offense (346.36 yards per game).
Statistically Liberty's offensive line flourished, as the Flames' five-man front finished No. 5 nationally in fewest sacks allowed (0.64 per game) and fewest tackles for a loss allowed (4.18 per game), while the Flames ended the year No. 2 in the nation in total offense (459.91 yards per game).
The Flames finished the 2009 campaign ranked No. 1 in the country among FCS programs by averaging 36.36 points per game. The Flames rushed for 31 touchdowns, a mark only three other FCS programs bested in 2009. Liberty also ranked No. 2 in red zone efficiency (92 percent), No. 22 in fewest tackles for a loss allowed (4.82 per game) and No. 25 in fewest sacks allowed (1.36 per game).
Four of McCorkle's five starters on his 2009 offensive line earned Big South all-conference honors. Seniors Bryan Mosier and Josh Weaver each were named to the Big South first-team listing, while senior Mario Cosby and junior Alex Stadler took home second-team accolades.
McCorkle first arrived at Liberty as an offensive line coach in 2005, followed by a one-year stay with the program in 2007 as a strength coach and offensive line assistant.
During the 2007 campaign, Liberty set a program standard by scoring 469 points, while ranking No. 3 nationally in scoring offense (42.6 points per game). Liberty's offensive line paved the way for a program-best 32 rushing touchdowns, en route to the Flames' first of fourth-straight Big South titles.
McCorkle worked with Stephen Sene, helping the left tackle garner Big South first-team all-conference honors, a trip to the Hula Bowl and a free agent contract with the New England Patriots.
McCorkle served in his inaugural coaching post at Liberty in 2005, coaching Liberty's offensive line.
Sandwiched in between a pair of coaching runs with the Flames, McCorkle served as offensive tackles and tight ends coach at Chattanooga in 2006, spotlighted by a home victory over perennial Southern Conference powerhouse Georgia Southern.
McCorkle got his coaching start fresh out of college, serving as a student assistant at his alma mater, LSU, in 1999. While with the Tigers, he helped with the offensive linemen and coordinated the defensive and special teams scout units.
He got his first full-time coaching position at UT-Martin, where he served for three years (2000-02). During his first season with the Skyhawks, McCorkle coached UT-Martin's wide receivers, while working as the offensive line and tight ends coach in 2001 and 2002.
During the 2003 and 2004 campaigns, McCorkle was the offensive line coach at the University of the South. His last collegiate position before he joined the Flames coaching staff in 2009 was at Tennessee Tech, where he served as the offensive line coach for the Golden Eagles in 2008.
McCorkle was a four-year letterwinner at LSU, helping the Tigers to the 1995 and 1997 Independence Bowl titles and a trip the 1996 Peach Bowl. McCorkle, a long snapper, helped LSU capture the SEC West title in 1996 and 1997.
McCorkle has three daughters, Gracie, Emma and Audrey, and a son, Sammy. His father played college football at Livingston University and two of his cousins also played college football at Florida and East Tennessee State.
THE BLAINE MCCORKLE FILE
Samuel Blaine McCorkle IV
Born: May 11, 1976
Hometown: Pensacola, Fla. (Tate HS)
Playing Career: Long snapper at Louisiana State University (1995-99)
Degree: Louisiana State University ’00 (Education)
Family: Daughters, Gracie, Emma, and Audrey; Son, Sammy
College Coaching Timeline
1999 – LSU (Student Assistant)
2000-02 – Tennessee-Martin (WR/OL/TE)
2003-04 – University of the South (OL)
2005 – Liberty (OL)
2006 – Chattanooga (OT/TE)
2007 – Liberty (OL Asst./Special Teams)
2008 – Tennessee Tech (OL)
2009-11 – Liberty (OL)
2012-16 –Richmond (OL)
2017-Present –Delaware (OL)
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