UCLA announces hiring of Tim Drevno as new offensive line coach
After spending a season as an analyst for the Bruins, Tim Drevno has been promoted to a full-time assistant role.
UCLA announced Friday Drevno will serve as the team’s new offensive line coach. He brings nearly 30 years of coaching experience to the role and most recently served on USC’s coaching staff. Drevno will replace Justin Frye, who left earlier this month to be the new line coach at Ohio State.
Tim Drevno, who has guided four offensive linemen to first-round NFL draft selections, joins our coaching staff 🙌 https://t.co/GhY26GW1le#GoBruins | @CoachDrev pic.twitter.com/NmVsxkJ4ae
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) January 21, 2022
Drevno was the run game/pass protection coordinator and offensive line coach at USC in 2019 and 2020 after serving as the running backs coach for the Trojans during the 2018 season (same coordinator title). He coached 2021 first-round NFL Draft selection Alijah Vera-Tucker and 2020 first-round pick Austin Jackson during his tenure with USC. Vera-Tucker also was voted the Pac-12’s 2020 Morris Trophy winner as the league’s top offensive lineman.
From 2015-17, Drevno served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Michigan. Before that, from 2011-13, Drevno was the offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
Drevno also has stops at Stanford (tight ends, 2007-08; offensive line, 2009-10), San Diego (offensive coordinator and o-line, 2003-06), Idaho (o-line, 2000-02), San Jose State (o-line, 1999), UNLV (running backs, 1998), and Montana State (tight ends 1993-95; running backs 1996-97).
During the 2020 season, USC’s offensive line ranked 30th nationally in sack rate and did well to hold up in obvious passing situations (40th in passing down sack rate allowed). The Trojans ranked 42nd in sack rate allowed the year prior and 52nd the year before that.
Over that same time period, UCLA ranked 52nd (2020), 100th (2019), and 95th (2018). Last season, with Drevno helping out on the line as an offensive analyst, the Bruins gave up a sack on 5.6% of dropbacks, a mark that ranked 42nd nationally and was the lowest in a season since 2017.