Dec. 1, 2004
BERKELEY - Cal defensive coordinator Bob Gregory has been named one of six finalists for the ninth annual Frank Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant football coach.
The winner of the 2004 Broyles Award, presented by the Downtown Rotary Club, will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock.
In addition to Gregory, the other finalists are: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Chuck Long; Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik; Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker; Boise State offensive coordinator Chris Peterson; and Connecticut offensive coordinator Norries Wilson.
About the Finalists
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has already been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and now third-year defensive coordinator Bob Gregory, 41, has a chance to bring home another honor for the coaching staff of the fourth-ranked Bears (9-1). Cal is in the midst of its most successful season in more than 50 years. With a victory over Southern Miss on Saturday in a game that had been postponed because of Hurricane Ivan, the Bears would have their highest regular-season win total since the 1949 team went 10-0 before losing to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Their highest national ranking since 1952 has been helped by being the only school to rank in the nation's top five in both scoring offense (fifth, 38.4 points a game) and scoring defense (fourth, 13.1 points a game). The defense has produced two shutouts, held two other opponents to a touchdown or less and held No. 1 Southern California to its lowest point total this season in a 23-17 loss. The Cal defense is also ranked fourth in rushing defense and is 11th nationally in Total Defense. Defensive end Ryan Riddle, linebacker Wendell Hunter and rover Matt Giordano are all first-team All-Pac-10.
With Gene Chizik, 43, in his third season calling the shots on defense, SEC West champion Auburn (11-0) trails only Southern California and Oklahoma in the BCS standings heading into the SEC Championship Game vs. Tennessee. Auburn is first nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to 9.6 points per game. A total of 67 of the 106 points (63 percent) allowed have come with Auburn leading by 20 points or more. The Tigers have the nation's fifth-ranked defense, allowing just 267 yards per game. They have allowed a national-leading one rushing touchdown this season, the fewest Auburn has allowed since the 1957 national championship team. Auburn also has not allowed an opponent to rush for 150 or more yards in its past 16 games, and an Auburn opponent hasn't had a 100-yard rusher in 16 games. The Tigers' rushing defense (95.5 yards per game) and red zone defense leads the SEC. The Tigers have posted the most sacks in the SEC with 35 for minus-210 yards, with the defensive front providing 28.5 of those sacks. Redshirt freshmen defensive ends Quentin Groves and Stanley McClover lead the team and the SEC with 7.5 sacks apiece.
Chuck Long, 41, and Oklahoma (11-0) are very close to another trip to the national championship game with a unit that ranks eighth nationally in total offense (467.0 yards a game) and 10th in scoring offense (35.55 points a game). The Sooners have two Heisman Trophy candidates in quarterback Jason White, the 2003 winner, and freshman running back Adrian Peterson. Both are finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Maxwell Award. Peterson ranks seventh nationally in rushing yards per game with 151.91, and his 286 carries leads the nation. Peterson has 10 100-yard games, tying an NCAA record for a freshman, and has totaled 1,671 yards this year, an OU freshman rushing record. He broke the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard rushing by a freshman with nine. White ranks sixth nationally in passing efficiency (162.27).
Sixth-year defensive coordinator Norm Parker, 63, and No. 12 Iowa (9-2) are headed to Orlando, Florida., for the Capital One Bowl to face either Auburn or LSU. It will be Iowa's third consecutive trip to Florida for a bowl game. The Big Ten co-champion Hawkeyes, who are riding a seven-game winning streak, bring with them a defense that is one of the hardest hitting and stingiest in the country. That defense ranks fifth nationally against the run (90.18 yards a game) and is ninth nationally in total defense (289.09 yards a game). In 2003, Iowa ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (16.2) and eighth in rushing defense (92.7). Parker was the 1997 Southeastern Conference Defensive Coordinator of the Year with Vanderbilt.
An amazing offense led by fourth-year coordinator Chris Peterson, 40, has No. 11 Boise State (11-0) headed to face another high-flying team, No. 7 Louisville, in the Liberty Bowl with the nation's longest streak, 22 consecutive victories. Peterson also was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2002. Boise State is second nationally in scoring offense with 49.73 points a game and second in total offense with 511.64 yards per game. The Broncs have two All-WAC players on offense in wide receiver T.J. Acree and offensive lineman Daryn Colledge. Quarterback Jared Zabransky ranks 12th nationally in passing efficiency (150.55) and 15th in total offense (277.27 yards a game).
Norries Wilson, 39, and first-year Big East member Connecticut (7-4) are headed to uncharted waters for the Huskies, a postseason bowl game, with an offense that has eclipsed 500 yards of total offense seven times in its past 15 games. Wilson, in his third season as the Huskies' offensive coordinator and sixth as a Connecticut assistant coach, has the nation's 10th-ranked passing offense (285.2 yards per game). The Huskies are bowl eligible for the second time in school history, but last year's 9-3 squad didn't get a bowl invitation while competing as an independent. The Huskies have clinched a .500 record for the third consecutive year, just the fifth school to move to the Division I-A level and finish .500 or better in its first three seasons. Senior quarterback Dan Orlovsky has passed for 3,115 yards, ranking eighth nationally. His 268 completions are fifth nationally, and 416 pass attempts ranks ninth. Only 15 quarterbacks have more passing touchdowns this season than Orlovsky's 21. Sophomore running back Cornell Brockington is the leading rusher in the Big East (1,146 yards) and ranks 19th nationally.
About the Broyles Award
The Broyles Award is named in honor of longtime University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles, who developed a reputation during a stellar coaching career of producing top-notch assistants. Former Broyles assistant coaches have combined to win almost 15 percent of all Super Bowl titles, four national collegiate championships, more than 40 conference titles and more than 2,000 games. More than 25 Broyles assistants went on to become head coaches at the college or professional level, including Doug Dickey, Joe Gibbs, Hayden Frye, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Barry Switzer.
Each NCAA Division I head coach may nominate one of his assistants for the Broyles Award. Every assistant that is nominated, but not selected as a finalist, receives a personalized wall plaque recognizing his efforts. The finalists are chosen by an eight-man panel that may be the most prestigious of any awards panel, representing four national championships, more than 1,300 victories, 59 conference titles, 112 bowl game appearances and nine national head coach of the year honors. The panelists are:
Arkansas Athletic Director and former Coach Frank Broyles
Former Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler
Former Georgia Coach Vince Dooley
Former Washington Coach Don James
Former Syracuse Coach Dick MacPherson
Former Baylor Coach Grant Teaff
Former Brigham Young Coach LaVell Edwards
Former Iowa Coach Hayden Fry
Previous Broyles Award winners are: Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews (1996); Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann (1997); former Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe (1998), who was named the head coach at Ole Miss shortly before receiving the Broyles Award; former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen (1999), now coach at Maryland; former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mark Mangino (2000), now the coach at Kansas; Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon (2001); Southern California offensive coordinator Norm Chow (2002) and Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (2003).
In 2003, the Broyles Award was voted into the National College Football Awards Association. The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of major collegiate football awards. The purpose of the NCFAA is to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of college football's various awards. The NCFAA also encourages professionalism and the highest standards possible for the administration of college football awards and the selection of their winners.