Dec. 10, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Michigan State seventh-year assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has been named the winner of the 2013 Frank Broyles Award, which is awarded annually to the nation's top assistant coach. Narduzzi was honored, along with his fellow finalists, at a Tuesday luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. Narduzzi accepted the Broyles Award trophy, valued at more than $5,000.
The five finalists included Rhett Lashlee (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, Auburn), Philip Montgomery (offensive coordinator, Baylor), Kurt Roper (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, Duke), Jeremy Pruitt (defensive coordinator, Florida State) and Narduzzi.
Narduzzi is the first MSU coach to win the award, which started in 1996.
"Congratulations to Pat Narduzzi on winning the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. It's a well-deserved honor," said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. "Pat pays great attention to detail, and he's an outstanding teacher. His relationships with his players also is a strength.
"In addition, he's an outstanding recruiter. Pat has been a loyal staff member for 10 years, including the last seven years at MSU. As our assistant head coach, he's asked to manage a lot of duties.
"Pat has been the architect of a Top 10 defense for the last three years. The fact that five of his players earned first-team All-Big Ten honors speaks to how dominant his defense has been this season. There's no question that his defense has been the cornerstone for this record-setting 12-win season."
"Coach Narduzzi has an outstanding record, not only statistically, but in terms of wins," said senior captain linebacker Max Bullough. "This is a very well deserved honor. I have been fortunate enough to look up to him for the past four years, and it's great to see him finally be recognized on the national stage for the job that he's done here at Michigan State.
"It's easy to play for the guy because of his passion for the game and his emotion. In addition, Coach Narduzzi is a top-notch game planner. Each week, he comes up with a scheme that provides us with a great chance to win the game.
"It made such a huge difference when he came down to the sidelines during the Big Ten Championship Game against Ohio State. His physical presence created the extra fire we needed in the fourth quarter. It was great to share that emotion with him on the sidelines. With Coach Narduzzi, it's the little things that make the difference.
"We play an aggressive defense at Michigan State, and it's definitely a little more complicated when compared to others around the country. It's a tribute to Coach Narduzzi and the rest of the defensive staff with the way they game plan each week. Not only do they come up with a great scheme, but they're able to present it in a way that the players can digest it and believe in it. And what's truly remarkable is the way he can make adjustments between plays and series. He deserves a ton of credit for what we've been able to accomplish during this special season."
Narduzzi has helped construct the No. 1 defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season. Through 13 games, Michigan State's defense ranks No. 1 in the FBS in total defense (248.2 yards per game), rushing defense (80.8 ypg.) and opponent third-down conversions (.277). MSU has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense for 13 consecutive weeks. The Spartans also rank among the national leaders in pass efficiency defense (second with 91.5 rating), first downs defense (fourth at 14.5 pg.), scoring defense (fourth at 12.7 ppg.) and passing defense (sixth at 167.4 ypg.).
Michigan State also leads the Big Ten in seven defensive categories (total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, pass defense, pass efficiency defense, opponent third-down conversions, first downs defense).
MSU's defense has allowed just 3.94 yards per play and 2.70 yards per rushing attempt, both of which rank No. 1 in the FBS.
Michigan State has held six opponents without scoring a touchdown (South Florida, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Minnesota), and the Spartans shut out six of their eight Big Ten opponents in the second half. Through 13 games in 2013, the Spartans have allowed 19 touchdowns (seven rushing, 12 passing), tied for fourth fewest in the FBS.
The Spartans feature five first-team All-Big Ten selections on defense, which is tied for the most in school history (1966). Bullough, sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard, junior safety Kurtis Drummond and senior safety Isaiah Lewis all garnered first-team accolades from the league's coaches, while Bullough, Calhoun and Dennard were also on the media's first team. Eight of MSU's starters received All-Big Ten recognition (second team: senior linebacker Denicos Allen; honorable mention: junior defensive end Marcus Rush, sophomore cornerback Trae Waynes).
Calhoun was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, while Dennard was named the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year. Dennard is also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) and was one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player).
Narduzzi has been named the National Coordinator of the Week four times in his career - three for his game plans in wins over Michigan (2010, 2011, 2013), including this season, when the Wolverines were sacked seven times and were held to a school-record low minus-48 yards rushing, and also for his role in helping MSU defeat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Spartans held the previously undefeated and second-ranked Buckeyes to a season-low 374 yards of total offense and 24 points.
During Narduzzi's tenure at MSU, his players have earned All-Big Ten honors 56 times, including 11 different first-team selections.
The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.
The Broyles Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website, ncfaa.org.
ABOUT THE BROYLES AWARD:
There are few coaches whose efforts have forever impacted the game of college football. Bear Bryant, Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Eddie Robinson have set the standard for victories and championships on the gridiron. However when it comes to selecting, developing and producing great assistant coaches, the legacy of Frank Broyles stands alone. Former Broyles assistant coaches who have become head coaches have gone on to coach in 20 percent of all Super Bowls and win almost 15 percent of all Super Bowl titles plus five national collegiate championships, more than 40 conference titles and more than 2,000 games. More than 25 Broyles assistants went on to become head coaches at the college or professional level, including: Joe Gibbs, Hayden Fry, Raymond Berry, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Barry Switzer.
In 1996, the Broyles Award was established to recognize the dedicated, hard-working assistants like those who worked for Broyles, and to date, seventy plus finalists and fifteen winners have been honored. Like many of Broyles' assistants who went on to do great things, numerous coaches recognized by the Broyles Award have since remained in the spotlight, with 20 percent of finalists and winners going on to become head coaches.
The finalists were chosen by a 10 person panel that may be the most prestigious of any awards panel, representing 10 national championships, more than 2,000 victories, over 70 conference titles, 154 bowl game appearances and 13 national head coach of the year honors. Broyles Award Panelists: Former Arkansas Athletic Director and Coach Frank Broyles, former Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, former Washington Coach Don James, former Syracuse Coach Dick MacPherson, former Baylor Coach Grant Teaff, former Brigham Young Coach LaVell Edwards, former Iowa Coach Hayden Fry, former Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer, former Tennessee and Pittsburgh Coach Johnny Majors, and former Florida State University Coach Bobby Bowden.
For a complete list of previous winners, please visit BroylesAward.com.