Blaine McCorkle enters his second year as offensive line coach at Richmond in 2013 after serving for three years in the same capacity under head coach Danny Rocco at Liberty.
McCorkle's first season at Richmond was a tremendous success, as the Spiders boasted one of the finest offensive lines in the country. As a unit, Richmond allowed just five sacks all year - best in the CAA and third in the nation - helping the Spider offense rank 20th in passing offense and 21st in scoring offense. Individually, sophomore Nick Ritcher was named All-CAA.
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.
The Anninston, Ala., native 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, who received his bachelor's degree in education from LSU in 2000, is married to the former Rebekah Heinz. The couple has three daughters, Gracie, Emma and Audrey, and a son, Sammy.
McCorkle's Coaching Experience:
2012-Present (Second year): Richmond (OL)
2009 -2011 (3 years): Liberty (OL)
2008 (1 year): Tennessee Tech (OL)
2007 (1 year): Liberty (Special Teams, OL Asst.)
2006 (1 year): UT-Chattanooga (OT, TE)
2005 (1 year): Liberty (OL)
2003-04 (2 years): University of the South (OL)
2000-02 (3 years): UT-Martin (WR, OL, TE)
1999 (1 year): LSU (SA)