Michigan State’s Narduzzi wins Broyles Award
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi won the annual
Broyles Award given to the top college assistant coach.
Narduzzi, in his seventh season for the fourth-ranked Spartans,
was honored Tuesday at a luncheon in Little Rock. He’s responsible
for guiding a Michigan State defense that earned a spot in the Rose
Bowl against No. 5 Stanford with a 34-24 win over Ohio State in the
Big Ten Conference championship game.
The Spartans (12-1) were first in the country this season in
total defense, allowing an average of 248.2 yards per game. It’s
the third straight season Michigan State has ranked among the top
10 nationally. The Spartans were fourth in the country in allowing
12.7 points per game.
Narduzzi has served as defensive coordinator under Mark Dantonio
for the past 10 seasons, including three years together at
Cincinnati from 2004-06.
The Spartans also led the nation in rushing defense this season,
allowing just 80.8 yards on the ground per game.
The award is named for former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who
is noted for developing assistants into head coaches. A number of
his aides went on to stellar careers, including Hayden Fry, Joe
Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors, Jackie Sherrill and Barry
Fry, Majors and Switzer were on this year’s selection
Other finalists were Auburn’s Rhett Lashlee, Baylor’s Philip
Montgomery, Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt and Duke’s Kurt
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis won last season. Other
past winners include Gus Malzahn, Gene Chizik, Norm Chow, Randy
Shannon, Mark Mangino, Ralph Friedgen and David Cutcliffe.