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Broyles Award announces five finalists

Kirby Smart

The Frank Broyles Award -- given to the nation's top assistant coach -- announced five finalists on Monday afternoon.

They are:

  • Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles: 1st in total offense, yards per play, total offense and scoring.
  • North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik: 19th in scoring (up 100 spots from las season), 40th in yards per play allowed (117th), 17th in turnovers forced, five-win improvement over 2014.
  • Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley: 7th in total offense, 9th in yards per play, 7th in scoring, 3rd in passing efficiency, three-win improvement over 2014.
  • Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart: 2nd in total defense, 2nd in yards per play allowed, 3rd in scoring defense.
  • Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables: 7th in total defense, 10th in yards per play allowed, 16th in scoring defense.

The winner will be announced next Tuesday in Little Rock.