RECRUITING AREAS: Thornton (Colo.) / Commerce
City (Colo.) / Southwest Texas
Scott Carey begins his third season during his second stint as an assistant coach at Mines in 2012. Carey, the Orediggers' running game coordinator and offensive line coach, previously served as the offensive line coach at CSM for four seasons (2002-05).
The 2012 version of the Orediggers finished 6-5 overall and 4-5 in the RMAC to finish fifth in the league's standings. The squad spent the first four weeks of the season ranked in the AFCA Top-25 - rising to as high as No. 18 in the country. Carey's offensive line paved the way for head coach Bob Stitt's high-octane offense and in Mines' 42-37 loss to New Mexico Highlands, sophomore quarterback Matt Brown would go into the record books in four statistical categories in the contest after finishing 52-of-80 for 606 yards and four touchdowns through the air. His 606 passing yards broke the school record of 506 yards set by David Pesek against New Mexico Highlands in 2009. His 80 pass attempts broke a school record of 65 set by Clay Garcia against New Mexico Highlands in 2011 and his 52 completions broke the school record of 45 set by Chad Friehauf during his Harlon Hill award-winning campaign against Pittsburg State in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2004. Brown also broke Friehauf's record of 559 yards of total offense in the game with 600 in the game. Mines' offense was featured on the front page of the USA Today Sports section during the 2012 season (Full Article). The Orediggers averaged 84 plays and 455.7 yards per game, the latter placing the squad 23rd nationally for the category. The offense averaged 366.09 passing yards per game (fifth nationally) and 39.27 points per game (15th nationally). Matt Brown finished fifth in the nation in total offense per game (364.82) and fifth in passing yards per game (352.1). Senior center Iain Smith was named First Team All-RMAC, First Team NFFCC All-Colorado and Daktronics All-Region during the 2012 season, while senior tackle Nate Behrends was named Second Team All-RMAC and Second Team NFFCC All-Colorado.
In his return to Golden, Carey's group of offensive
lineman tied for second in the RMAC in fewest sacks allowed (23)
and the Mines offense led the conference and finished eighth
nationally with 305.9 passing yards per game. The offense finished
42nd nationally with 31.6 points per game and 48th nationally with
401.6 yards of total offense per game. Quarterback Clay Garcia led
conference in passing yards (3,123) and running back Dan Palmer led
the conference in rushing yards per game (92.4). Palmer's 1,016
rushing yards are the third-most in school history and just the
third 1,00-yard season by a Mines running back in school
Carey returned to Mines after a five-year stretch (2006-10) at Tarleton State University, where he served as the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach for the Texans.
The Texans' top two running backs combined for 1,087 yards rushing and averaged 4.1 yards per carry in 2010. TSU averaged 324.8 yards of total offense per game in 2010, as well.
TSU rushed for 143.3 yards per game and 14 touchdowns during the 2009 campaign. The Texans also averaged 386.2 yards of total offense per game, outscored their opponents by more than 10 points per game and converted on 85% (40-of-47) of their red-zone opportunities that season.
In 2008, the TSU offense averaged 187.2 yards rushing (second in the Lone Star Conference) and 375.5 yards of total offense per game. The Texans saw their feature running back, as well as one of their offensive guards, earn First Team All-LSC accolades in 2009.
In 2007, the TSU front five paved the way for an average of 452.2 yards of total offense per game, including 175.5 yards per game on the ground. Three Tarleton State offensive linemen earned All-LSC accolades in 2007, including a pair of First Team honorees.
In 2006, the Texans' offensive line helped TSU average 370.6 yards of total offense - including 153.7 yards rushing - per game. TSU's offensive line blocked for the LSC South Division Offensive Back of the Year and the LSC South Division Co-Freshman of the Year.
Carey, a four-year letterman for the Texans (1994-97), graduated from TSU with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies. After graduating from Tarleton State, Carey served as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State (2000-02) while obtaining his master’s degree.
Carey came to CSM in 2002 and helped the Orediggers win an undefeated RMAC title in 2004. In 2004, Carey's offensive line blocked for the Harlon Hill Trophy winner, Chad Friehauf, and the Mines offense was ranked as high as first in the nation in passing offense, second in total offense and sixth in scoring offense that season. Under Carey's tutelage, CSM offensive lineman Travis Yenne was a two-time All-American (2004-05) and earned RMAC Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2005.
Carey and his wife, Danielle, currently reside in the Denver area.