Three SEC assistants up for the Broyles Award


The Broyles Award is given annually to the top assistant coach in the country, and three of the five finalists happen to be from the SEC.

Mike Bobo, Georgia Offensive Coordinator: For as much flack as Mike Bobo has received over the last several years, he’s made up for it this season. Finally, with two legit running backs who have lived up to the hype and with Aaron Murray playing quarterback as well as anyone in the country, Georgia’s offense carried the team in the early portion of the season. Georgia is #4 in the nation in yards per play, as well as #2 in pass efficiency offense.

Bob Diaco, Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator: This says it all about the job Bob Diaco has done at Notre Dame – he helped take a preseason unranked team to #1 and a national championship. Diaco heads up the stout Notre Dame defense that has allowed the fewest touchdowns (10) all season.

Kliff Kingsbury, Texas A&M Offensive Coordinator: Kliff Kingsbury still believes he’s the best quarterback on the field each and every week, even if he is wearing a headset. Kingsbury has helped develop Johnny Manziel, and he leads the highest scoring offense in the SEC and the #4 scoring offense in the country. He should make a fantastic head-coaching candidate in the near future.

Dan Quinn, Florida Defensive Coordinator: Florida may just have the best defense in the country, and Dan Quinn has much to do with that ranking. Without a dominant pass rusher, Quinn has helped Florida’s defensive line flourish under his tutelage. Florida currently has the #3 scoring defense in the country.

Derek Mason, Stanford Co-Defensive Coordinator: Stanford has had success this season, thanks in part to their front seven. Derek Mason leads this group that shut down a high-flying Oregon offense and held them to just 14 points. Stanford leads the country in tackles for loss and sacks.

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  • I vote for Kliff Kingsbury.

  • … Sorry, but I just can’t see how Bobo is in this. Kingsburry should win it.

    • Why not? we’re scoring 5 TDs a game…and please don’t say predictable play calling.

      • True, we’re scoring 5 TDs a game, but against the two best defenses we played this year our offense looked horrible. The total inability to make half-time offensive adjustments against SC still gives me nightmares. I’ll give him a bye with the Florida game since execution errors stalled many drives. His play-calling as a whole has taken a step-up this season compared to the rest of his body of work, so no complaints there. I think we’ll see this weekend if he deserves to be on the list. Here’s to hoping Bobo proves me wrong!

  • Unfortunately, Bob Diaco is probably the one who will get the award. I think Kingsbury and Quinn are in the same boat, as Muschamp and Quinn are both defensive-minded and Kingsburry and Sumlin are both offensive-minded. Both have done a fantastic job.

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