Every year, the Broyles Award is given to the top assistant coach in college football.
This season, there were several excellent nominees.
The Broyles Award, named after former Arkansas Razorbacks’ coach Frank Broyles, narrowed the search down to five last week and those five were Rhett Lashlee, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Auburn Tigers; Phillip Montgomery, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Baylor Bears; Kurt Roper, the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach for the Duke Blue Devils; Jeremy Pruitt, the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Florida State Seminoles; and Pat Narduzzi, the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Michigan State Spartans.
On Tuesday, the award was given to Narduzzi.
Narduzzi’s Spartans had the top-ranked defense in terms of total yards throughout most the season, finished with a 12-1 record and did an excellent job against quarterback Braxton Miller, running back Carlos Hyde and the Ohio State Buckeyes’ offense in a 34-24 victory in the Big 10 Championship Saturday.
Due to his success, Narduzzi could be in line for a head coaching job this offseason.