Bama’s Locksley among 5 Broyles finalists for top assistant

Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long are among the five finalists for the Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant coach.

The other finalists are Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, Clemson co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jeff Scott and Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

Locksley is in his first season leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s offense, which is second in the country in yards per play (8.04). Long has helped the put the third-ranked Fighting Irish in position to make the College Football Playoff for the first time, using two quarterbacks in Notre Dame’s undefeated season.

The Broyles Award, named after the late longtime Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, will be awarded Dec. 4 in Little Rock, Arkansas.