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FootballScoop announces 2016 Coach of the Year finalists -- Defense/Special Teams

FootballScoop has proudly announced finalists for the 2016 FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards, this time for defense and special teams. Offensive finalists were announced Wednesday.

Now in its ninth year, the FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards program presented by ProGrass are the only coaching awards chosen entirely by their peers. Coaches must be nominated by a fellow coach to be eligible for an award and winners are chosen by the prior winners of each award.

The FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards program honors a total of 17 coaches, recognizing outstanding work done by FBS coordinators and position coaches, divisional coordinators and essential FBS support staff. Finalists for divisional coordinators and essential FBS support staff will be announced in later releases.

Winners will be revealed throughout the month and will receive their awards at the AFCA Convention in Nashville in January.

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Defensive Coordinator
- Dave Aranda, LSU
- Don Brown, Michigan
- Manny Diaz, Miami
- Luke Fickell/Greg Schiano, Ohio State
- Pete Kwiatkowski/Jimmy Lake, Washington
- Jim Leavitt, Colorado
- Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama
- Phil Snow, Temple
- Kevin Steele, Auburn
- Brent Venables, Clemson
- Nate Woody, Appalachian State

Defensive Line
- Inoke Breckterfield, Wisconsin
- Dan Brooks/Marion Hobby, Clemson
- Karl Dunbar, Alabama
- Oscar Giles, Houston
- Greg Mattison, Michigan
- Ed Orgeron (with an assist from Pete Jenkins), LSU

Linebackers
- Don Brown, Michigan
- Manny Diaz, Miami
- Bob Gregory, Washington
- Jim Leavitt, Colorado
- Olsa Lewis/Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
- Jeremy Pruitt/Tosh Lupoi, Alabama
- Mike Siravo, Temple
- Brent Venables, Clemson
- Nate Woody/Dale Jones, Appalachian State

Defensive Backs
- Charles Clark/Joe Tumpkin, Colorado
- Torrian Gray, Florida
- Jim Leonhard, Wisconsin
- Greg Schiano/Kerry Coombs, Ohio State
- Scot Sloan/Bryan Brown, Appalachian State
- Brian Smith/Michael Zordich, Michigan

Special Teams Coordinator
- Tony Levine, Western Kentucky
- Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern
- Chris Partridge/Jay Harbaugh, Michigan
- Andre Powell, Pittsburgh

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