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LSU’s Joe Brady Named Finalist for Nation’s Best Assistant Coach
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In college football, superstar players get the press clippings for wins and head coaches get all of the blame for losses. An assistant coach is seldom in the conversation for success and failure in the grand scheme of things, but they are as important as anyone in a program.

Each and every season, like clockwork, The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation gives out the Broyles Award. It is designated for the top assistant coach in college football, and the list of finalists usually consist of amazing coaches working their way up the FBS ranks. This year is no different.

So far in 2019, fans across the country have witnessed history. The LSU Tigers have showcased an elite passing attack, the Auburn Tigers have displayed their best defense in years, the Baylor Bears and Minnesota Golden Gophers have elevated their games, and even the Utah Utes are in the running for the College Football Playoff.

It’s hard a tough list to choose from, but the selection committee narrowed its list down to 15 semifinalists in late November.

2019 Broyles Award Semifinalists

AUBURN – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator
BAYLOR – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
CLEMSON – Jeff Scott, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
GEORGIA – Dan Lanning, Defensive Coordinator/Outside LBs
INDIANA – Kalen DeBoer, Offensive Coordinator/QB
LSU – Joe Brady, Passing Game Coordinator/WR
MICHIGAN – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
MINNESOTA – Kirk Ciarrocca, Offensive Coordinator/QB
NAVY – Brian Newberry, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
OHIO STATE – Jeff Hafley, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
OKLAHOMA – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/ Safeties
OREGON – Andy Avalos, Defensive Coordinator
SMU – Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator/QB
WISCONSIN – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator
UTAH – Morgan Scalley, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

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Then, a week later, the committee named its five finalists for the annual award.

2019 Broyles Award Finalists

BAYLOR – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

GEORGIA – Dan Lanning, Defensive Coordinator/Outside LBs

LSU – Joe Brady, Passing Game Coordinator/WR

OHIO STATE – Jeff Hafley, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

UTAH – Morgan Scalley, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

In 2018, Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, now the coach at Maryland, was the Broyles Award Winner.

Frank Broyles, the namesake for the award, was College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 1963. He was an assistant coach at Florida and Georgia Tech before coaching at Missouri for one season and guiding Arkansas to the 1964 national championship.

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The award for college football’s top assistant coach, in conjuncture with the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) has officially selected its five from the list of nominees to attend the December 10th ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the overall winner will be named.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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