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Boston College's Don Brown A Broyles Award Finalist

Very dude.


The Head Dude, Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown, was named one of 40 finalists for the Frank Broyles Award on Wednesday. The Broyles Award, established in 1996 to honor the legendary Arkansas head coach, is given annually to the nation's most outstanding assistant coach. Very dude.

Previous Broyles Award winners include current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe (1998, Tennessee), former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen (1999, Georgia Tech), former Miami coach Randy Shannon (2001, Miami), Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster (2006) and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco (2012).

It's hard to argue with Brown's performance this year helping to transform the Boston College defense, which has been very dude. The Eagles rank 39th nationally against the run, a year removed from finishing 113th in that same category. BC's defense also ranks 11th nationally in sacks (2.91 / game) and 21st in tackles for loss (7.00 / game). Last year the Eagles finished 124th / dead last (0.5 sacks / game) and 123rd (3.75 TFL / game) in those same categories, respectively.

The complete list of Broyles Award finalists below.

Alabama - Doug Nussmeier, Offensive Coordinator
Arizona - Jeff Casteel, Defensive Coordinator
Arizona State - Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator
Arkansas State - Kent Riddle, Assistant Head Coach, TE's/Special Teams
Auburn - Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator
Ball State - Rich Skrosky, Offensive Coordinator
Baylor - Philip Montgomery, Offensive Coordinator
Boston College - Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
Brigham Young - Nick Howell, Defensive Coordinator
Central Florida - Brent Key, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
Colorado State - Dave Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator
Clemson - Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator
Duke - Kurt Roper, Offensive Coordinator
Florida State - Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator
Fresno State - Dave Schramm, Offensive Coordinator
Georgia Tech - Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator
Houston - David Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator
Indiana - Seth Littrell, Offensive Coordinator
Iowa - Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator
Louisville - Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator
LSU - Cam Cameron, Offensive Coordinator
Michigan State - Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator
Minnesota - Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator
Missouri - Josh Henson, Offensive Coordinator
Nebraska - Tim Beck, Offensive Coordinator
Ohio State - Tom Herman, Offensive Coordinator
Oklahoma State - Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator
Ole Miss - Dan Werner, Co-Offensive Coordinator
Rice - Chris Thurmond, Defensive Coordinator
San Jose State - Jimmie Dougherty, Offensive Coordinator
South Carolina - Lorenzo Ward, Defensive Coordinator
South Florida - Stu Holt, Special Teams Coordinator
Stanford - Derek Mason, Defensive Coordinator
Texas State - Mike Schultz, Offensive Coordinator
UCLA - Jeff Ulbrich, Assistant Head Coach/LB's/Special Teams
Utah - Ilaisa Tuiaki, Defensive Line
Utah State - Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Virginia Tech - Torrian Gray, Defensive Secondary Coach/Pass Game Coordinator
Western Michigan - Charles Huff, RB Coach
Wisconsin - Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator/LB's