Clemson DC Venables named as Broyles Award Finalist

For the second consecutive year, Clemson’s DC Brent Venables has been nominated as a Broyles Award finalist. The award recognizes excellence in assistant coaching.

The Broyles Award Foundation announced the five finalists yesterday. Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables has been named one of five finalists for the award.  The Broyles award was established in 1996 in honor of legendary head football Coach Frank Broyles. Broyles was known for producing outstanding assistant coaches. The Broyles award goes to the top assistant coach in college football.

The award is especially significant as the finalists are chosen by their peers. All 1,500 assistant coaches that represent the 117 Division One college football programs vote for the contenders. The five Broyles Award finalists are chosen by the tally of these ballots.

Other finalists include Jeremy Pruitt, defensive coordinator at Alabama; Jim Leavitt, defensive coordinator at Colorado; Don Brown, defensive coordinator at Michigan; and Matt Canada, offensive coordinator at Pittsburgh. The winner of the Broyles Award will be announced on December 6.

2016 is the second year that Venables has been nominated. Venables had a tough start to the season-he had to replace seven starters from the 2nd-ranked 2015 Clemson team. He rose to the challenge; the Tigers’ defense ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense, eighth in total defense, seventh in pass efficiency defense, fourth in sacks and second in tackles for loss.

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