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2020 FootballScoop Coach of the Year finalists -- Defense/Special Teams

Amid a year of unprecedented challenges, coaches across college football rose to the challenge. Through a global pandemic, coaches assisted their players through a spring and summer spent in their hometowns, and then led them through a season of constant disruption and adapted to ever-changing conditions to put their players in position to succeed on game day.

Now in their 13th year, the FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards are the only coaching honors where coaches must be nominated by one of their peers in order to receive consideration and where each year's winner is chosen by the prior winners of that award.

Winners will be announced in the coming days and weeks. Offensive finalists were also announced Monday.

We are once again honored to work with AstroTurf in honoring these deserving coaches.

Defensive Coordinator
Marcus Freeman, Cincinnati
Joseph Gillespie, Tulsa
Mike Hankwitz, Northwestern
Brad Lambert, Marshall
Phil Parker, Iowa

Defensive Line
Todd Bates/Lemanski Hall, Clemson
Cornell Brown/JC Price, Marshall
Byron Dawson, Tulane
Charlie Partridge, Pitt

Jeff Casteel/Jeff Koonz, West Virginia
Joseph Gillespie, Tulsa
Dan Lanning/Glenn Schumann, Georgia
Clark Lea, Notre Dame
Travis Williams, Auburn

Defensive Backs
Mark DeBastiani/James Rowe, Appalachian State
Perry Eliano/Colin Hitschler, Cincinnati
Alex Grinch/Roy Manning, Oklahoma
Matt MacPherson, Northwestern
Patrick Toney/LaMar Morgan, Louisiana

Special Teams Coordinator
Zac Alley/Winston Venable, Boise State
Harrison Green, FIU
Sean Saturnio, Army


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