Charlie Dickey enters his seventh season at Kansas State tutoring the Wildcat offensive line as he joined Bill Snyder’s staff upon his return in 2009.
Since his first season in Manhattan, Dickey has tutored offensive linemen to 16 All-Big 12 honors, including seven first-team accolades. His offensive lines have been an integral part in the Wildcats advancing to five-straight bowl games and recording more Big 12 wins than any other team in the league since 2011 (27).
The anchor of the line over the last four years, center B.J. Finney, finished his illustrious career in 2014. Under the watchful eye of Dickey, Finney became one of just three four-year all-conference players in school history, was the 2014 Big 12 co-Offensive Lineman of the Year and earned All-America honors as a senior. Finney was a three-time candidate for the Rimington Trophy, including a finalist as a senior, while he started all 52 games during his four-year career. Finney was also a two-time candidate for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.
Aside from Finney, Dickey tutored two other All-Big 12 linemen in 2014, Cody Whitehair (second team) and Boston Stiverson (honorable mention), as the trio helped K-State rank in the top 25 nationally in nine offensive categories, including second-place marks in the Big 12 in third-down conversions and red zone offense. K-State also led the conference and ranked 13th nationally in time of possession, while the Wildcat offensive line paved the way for 30 rushing touchdowns, the fourth most in the conference and 10th most in school history.
Four of Dickey’s five starters in 2013 earned All-Big 12 honors, including senior tackle Cornelius Lucas, who was an undrafted free agent signee by the Detroit Lions and ended up the starter at right tackle by the end of his rookie year, which ended in the playoffs. The veteran unit – led by Lucas, Finney and 2014 NFL Draftee Tavon Rooks – helped K-State earn its first bowl victory in 11 years and did so by helping the Wildcats be one of the most effective offenses down the stretch. During the final seven games of the year when K-State went 6-1, the Wildcats averaged 35.9 points and 404.7 yards per game, including an average of 172.7 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats finished the season ranked 13th nationally and first in the Big 12 in third-down conversions, which was due in large part to the offensive line helping Kansas State convert 61.5-percent of its third downs when needing six or fewer yards. Additionally, the 2013 Wildcats ranked 10th in school history in average yards per rush (4.5) and rushing touchdowns (29).
In 2012, Dickey guided an offensive line that helped Kansas State win a Big 12 Championship thanks to finishing fourth in the conference in rushing offense and yielding the second-fewest sacks in the league with 14. Dickey’s linemen helped K-State place in the top 10 of school history in yards per carry (third; 4.79), rushing touchdowns (fourth; 41), yards per game (fifth; 411.2) and total offense (sixth; 4,935). He saw four of his five regular starters earn all-conference accolades, including Finney, who was a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s top walk-on player. The group paved the way for Collin Klein in both the running and passing game as they helped the quarterback become an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist.
In 2011, K-State remained one of the most physical offenses in the Big 12, led by an offensive line that blocked for Klein. Three Wildcat linemen led the group as seniors Clyde Aufner and Zach Hanson earned All-Big 12 honors from their tackle positions, while Finney came on strong in his first year on the field and earned both Freshman All-Big 12 and All-America honors. The Wildcats were again the least penalized team in the league, while the offensive line helped the Cats average 31 points a game and total 34 rushing touchdowns on the year.
In 2010, Dickey tutored an experienced K-State line that included three seniors in the middle, headlined by All-Big 12 guard Zach Kendall and Rimington Award candidate Wade Weibert at center. The group blocked for Daniel Thomas, who paced the Big 12 in rushing in both 2009 and 2010. K-State averaged 33.6 points per game in 2010 en route to the program’s first bowl appearance since 2006. Additionally, the Cats’ 47-percent conversion rating on third down ranked second in the league, while they were also the least penalized offense in the Big 12.
The 2009 group, led by senior All-Big 12 tackle Nick Stringer, proved to be one of the most improved units on the team as the Wildcats’ averaged 180 yards rushing per game, a figure that ranked 36th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 Conference.
Dickey came to K-State after capping his fourth y at Utah with an undefeated 13-0 campaign and a win over No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Dickey was instrumental in Utah’s success on offense when he took charge of the offensive line in 2005 and his position was regarded as a Ute stronghold from that day on. In 2006, the Utes were the last team in the country to allow a sack – going six games before anyone got to the quarterback.
In 2008, offensive tackle Zane Beadles and guard Robert Conley were First Team All-Mountain West Conference selections under Dickey and protected and paved the way for quarterback Brian Johnson, the 2008 MWC Offensive Player of the Year and Sugar Bowl Most Outstanding Player.
During his time at Utah, Dickey coached four first-team all-conference players in center Jesse Boone (2005), tackles Tavo Tupola (2006) and Beadles (2008) and guard Conley (2008). In 2007, both Beadles and Conley won second-team honors for the Utes.
Dickey coached in the Pac-10 for 13 years before heading to Utah, spending 12 years at his alma mater, Arizona, and one season at Washington. At Arizona, he coached the offensive line from 1992-2002 and the tight ends in 2003. In 2004, Dickey went to Washington as the Huskies’ offensive line coach.
While at Arizona, Dickey developed first team all-conference linemen Warner Smith (1994) and Yusuf Scott (1998). Scott won the 1998 Morris Trophy, which is presented to the league’s outstanding offensive lineman.
Dickey began his coaching career after playing one season for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1987 NFL strike. In 1988, he worked at Arizona as a graduate assistant coach before tutoring the offensive line at Scottsdale Community College in 1989 and at Northern Arizona from 1990-91.
In his playing days, Dickey started at offensive guard at Arizona from 1983-84 – compiling a streak of 1,230 consecutive offensive plays, including all 840 offensive plays of the 1983 season. He was named a Second Team All-Pac-10 performer in 1984 and was Arizona’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Before going to Arizona, he completed an all-conference community-college career at Scottsdale Community College.
Dickey, who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona in 1987, is married to the former Lisa Bradshaw, a native of Jetmore, Kansas, and a member of the Arizona women’s basketball team from 1983-85. The couple has five children, daughters Jazmin Wagner, Tasha and Shyanne, son Charles Jr., and son-in-law Alan Wagner. A daughter, Chanel, passed away at the age of three. Tasha played basketball at K-State during the 2011-12 season and is the current Director of Video Services for the women’s basketball program.