Nov. 27, 2007
Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has been named one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, announced the Little Rock (Ark.) Downtown Athletic Club, Tuesday. The Broyles Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top assistant football coach, will announce the winner on Dec. 4 in Little Rock at the Broyles Award Luncheon presented by the Downtown Rotary Club.
"It is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for the Broyles Award," Muschamp said. "This is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and desire of the players and other defensive coaches here at Auburn. This honor is for everyone associated with the program."
In his second season at Auburn, Muschamp's 2007 defense is ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (16.7 points per game), seventh in the country in total defense (298.3 yards per game) and eighth nationally in passing defense (179.0 yards per game). Auburn leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense and is second in total defense.
During Muschamp's tenure at Auburn, 20 of 25 opponents have been held to 20 points or fewer. Last season the Tigers were seventh nationally in scoring defense.
Other finalists include Missouri assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Dave Christensen; Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock; West Virginia assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach Calvin Magee; and Kansas defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Bill Young.
The winner will also be recognized at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 6.