Gene Chizik

The Frank Broyles Award — given to college football’s best assistant coach — announced its list of 2015 nominees Wednesday.

Nominees are just that – coaches nominated by their head coaches.

They include:

  • Alabama – Kirby Smart, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
  • Arkansas – Dan Enos, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Arkansas State – Joe Cauthen, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Baylor – Kendal Briles, Offensive Coordinator
  • Boston College – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Bowling Green State – Sean Lewis, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Central Michigan – Greg Colby, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Clemson – Brent Venables, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
  • Colorado State – Will Friend, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Florida – Geoff Collins, Defensive Coordinator
  • Florida State – Charles Kelly, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • Georgia Southern – Dell McGee, Running Backs
  • Georgia State – Jesse Minter, Defensive Coordinator
  • Houston – Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator
  • Indiana – Greg Frey, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Iowa – Greg Davis, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
  • Louisiana Tech – Tony Petersen, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Marshall – Chuck Heater, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • Memphis – Brad Cornelsen, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Michigan – Tim Drevno, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Mississippi State – Brian Johnson, Quarterbacks
  • Navy – Dale Pehrson, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
  • NC State – Ryan Nielsen, Defensive Line
  • North Carolina – Gene Chizik, Defensive Coordinator
  • Ole Miss – Dan Werner, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Oklahoma – Lincoln Riley, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • South Florida – Danny Hope, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Run Game
  • Temple – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator
  • Toledo – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator
  • UCLA – Noel Mazzone, Offensive Coordinator
  • USC – Tee Martin, WR/Pass Game Coordinator
  • Utah State – Dave Ungerer, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Washington State University – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
  • Wisconsin – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator

The five men ultimately chosen as finalists will represent the absolute cream of the crop of their profession.

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.