Wes Suan
Wes Suan

Assistant Coach/Offensive Line

7th Year at SMU


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Wes Suan is in his seventh season at SMU and his second as offensive line coach. In his first five seasons, Suan's work with Mustang running backs was vital to the success of the Run-and-Shoot offense.

In 2013, Suan's line paved the way for a Mustang offense that set school records in completions, completion percentage, total offense average, total offense plays, passing yards average and passing first downs.

In 2012, Suan again tutored Zach Line, who finished his career as the No. 2 rusher in school history. Line was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-C-USA. Under Suan, Line rushed for 80 or more yards in 32 of his final 37 games and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark three times, becoming just the second Mustang and the fourth player in C-USA history to reach that plateau in at least three seasons.

In 2011, Line was again among the national leaders before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Despite missing the final three games of the year, Line still led Conference USA and ranked seventh in the nation in rushing at 122.4 yards a game and 5.88 yards per rush. He posted eight 100-yard rushing games in 10 games played and set a school-record for rushing touchdowns in a game with five against Northwestern State. He finished with 1,224 yards for the year. Once Line went down, Suan turned to a pair of true freshmen, Jerad Williams and Rishaad Wimbley. The duo racked up 358 yards and five scores on 82 carries and helped SMU to a win in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

The 2010 season saw Line explode for an unexpected 1,494 rushing yards, which ranked 11th in the country and trailed only Eric Dickerson for most single-season rushing yards in SMU history. He was named first-team Conference USA, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and scoring 10 touchdowns, as he became the second 1,000-yard rusher under Jones.

In 2009, Suan helped Shawnbrey McNeal earn honorable mention All-Conference accolades and over 1,000 yards rushing.As a freshman, Line also had a breakout season, scoring seven TDs on just 49 carries.

Suan, who spent nine seasons as an assistant at Hawaii, spent his first six years with Jones' staff as a running backs coach before moving to the offensive line in 2005. He moved back to the running backs in 2006 and 2007. During his tenure, he developed a well-rounded group of runners and blockers who learned to recognize and identify various defensive schemes and blitzes.

In 2007, two Suan-coached running backs were selected in the NFL Draft - Reagan Mauia and Nate Ilaoa. Mauia went in the sixth round to the Miami Dolphins, while Ilaoa was selected in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Suan began his coaching career at Leilehua High School as an assistant for the junior varsity squad in 1975. He moved on to serve as an assistant football and basketball coach and head track coach at Waialua High School in 1976, where he stayed for four years.

Suan took an assistant coaching job at Linfield in 1979, where he also served as assistant athletics director (1992-98). He stayed at Linfield for 19 years before returning to the islands.

An avid golfer, Suan lives with his wife, Judy, and their two daughters, McKenzie and Madeline.

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