No one can argue with the results put up by John Hevesy’s group during his first four years as the Bulldogs’ run game coordinator and offensive line coach. In 2009, the line paved the way as the offense led the SEC and finished ninth nationally in rushing, averaging better than 225 yards per game. One year later, State rushed for 214.8 yards per game and increased the total offense numbers. The Bulldogs have eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark in half of Hevesy’s 51 games coaches in Starkville.
Under his direction, Bulldog senior left guard Gabe Jackson is widely regarded as the top offensive guard in the country entering 2013. Jackson earned All-America honors in 2012 and is listed as the top-rated guard prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Junior center Dillon Day comes into 2013 as a preseason favorite for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s best center. It is his second-consecutive season on the watch list, after being developed into a Freshman All-American at the position under the direction of Hevesy in 2011.
In his first two seasons, Hevesy tutored left tackle Derek Sherrod, an All-American selection and a first round draft choice in the 2011 NFL draft. In his third season, Hevesy coached All-SEC offensive lineman Gabe Jackson and freshman All-American center Dillon Day. Now seasoned veterans, Jackson has matured into a unanimous All-American as a senior, while Day, a junior, is expected to reach All-America status by the end of his senior season.
Hevesy has worked with Head Coach Dan Mullen for a decade, and came to Mississippi State after four years as a member of the University of Florida coaching staff, where he spent time working with both the tight ends and the offensive line. Hevesy has coached in four BCS bowls, including Florida’s 2006 and 2008 BCS Title Game victories. In 2008, he coached Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, as the sophomore caught 34 passes for 381 yards and five scores. Hevesy also assisted with a Florida offensive line which allowed only 16.0 sacks in 14 games and paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged more than 231 yards per game.
In 2007, he tutored two future NFL tight ends in Cornelius Ingram and Hernandez to a combined 43 receptions and 659 yards receiving. Ingram’s seven touchdowns receiving matched Andre Caldwell’s team leading total and his 14.9 years per reception were the most of any Gator who had double-digit catches. That season, the Gator offensive line surrendered just 13.0 sacks in 13 games, tying for the second-lowest total in the SEC and fifth nationally.
Despite entering the 2006 season with one player having started a game at his opening-day position, the UF offensive line allowed only 23 sacks on the year, and yielded one-or-less sacks seven times during the campaign. Hevesy showed a penchant for molding individual talents on the interior of the Gators’ line. Starting centers Mike Degory and Steve Rissler earned First-Team All-SEC honors as seniors, and Drew Miller earned honorable mention All-SEC.
As the offensive line coach at Utah in 2004, Hevesy directed the front line for one of the most prolific offenses in the country, as the Utes ranked third nationally in scoring, total offense and passing efficiency. Behind the blocking of Hevesy’s group, Utah scored on 62-of-67 trips to the red zone en route to an undefeated season and a victory in a BCS bowl game.
Prior to his arrival in Salt Lake City, Hevesy coached the tackles and tight ends at Bowling Green from 2001-02. In his first year on campus, the line allowed 50 percent fewer sacks than the year before, while the 2002 unit blocked for skill players that amassed more than 5,000 yards of total offense.
During a three-year stint at Brown from 1998-2000, Hevesy coached an offensive line that blocked for 13 school records and saw three of its members earn multiple All-Ivy selections.
A three-year starter on the offensive line at the University of Maine from 1991-93, Hevesy is married to the former Kelli Rogers. The couple has three children: Jack, Taylor and Madison.
2009-present: Mississippi State (Running Game Coordinator / Offensive Line)
2005-08: Florida (Tight Ends/ Assistant Offensive Line)
2003-04: Utah (Offensive Line)
2001-02: Bowling Green (Offensive Tackles / Tight Ends)
1998-2000: Brown (Offensive Line)
1997: Syracuse (Graduate Assistant)
1996: Brown (Offensive Tackles / Tight Ends)
1994-95: Trinity (Offensive Line)
Birthdate: May 2, 1971
Hometown: Madison, Conn.
Education: 1995 – Bachelor in Education from Maine
Children: Jack, Taylor and Madison