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

Switzer.

Fry, Majors and Switzer were on this year’s selection

committee.

Other finalists were Auburn’s Rhett Lashlee, Baylor’s Philip

Montgomery, Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt and Duke’s Kurt

Roper.

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.