Kotelnicki has directed both one of the top and most improved offenses in the country this year in his second season at Kansas. Kansas ranks second in the country in yards per play and has topped the 500-yard mark three times in conference play this season. From 2010-2018, Kansas had more than 500 yards in a conference game just once. Kansas is averaging 444.6 yards per game this year, an improvement of 120.4 yards from last year, ranking third in the country. The Jayhawks are averaging 36.9 points per game, an improvement of 16.1 points per game, which ranks seconds in the country.
While at Buffalo, the Bulls offense still posted historic numbers while going 6-1 in 2020. The Bulls averaged a school-record 478.4 yards of total offense per game and a school-record 287.4 yards per contest rushing. Buffalo ranked second in the nation in rushing offense (287.4) and fifth in the nation in scoring offense at 43.5 points per game. As a result of Buffalo’s successful 2020 season, Kotelnicki was named one of four finalists for the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year Award. He was the only finalist from a non-Power 5 conference. In 2019, Kotelnicki’s offense rushed for 3,256 yards, shattering the single-season school record. Patterson rushed for a school-record 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019 and ranked fifth in the nation in rushing. Buffalo featured a record-breaking offense in 2018. The Bulls shattered the program record for single-season total offense posting 5,803 yards on the year. Buffalo scored 64 offensive touchdowns in 2018, which was also a school record.