Nov. 30, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Bob Diaco has been named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, announced recently by The Rotary Club of Little Rock.
Notre Dame struggled mightily on the defensive side of the football over the three years (2007-09) preceding the arrival of Diaco. As improved as the Irish clearly are on that side of the ball, here is an incredible comparison to understand exactly how far the group has had to come:
Category 2010-2012 2007-2009 Points Allowed/Game 17.3 25.5 First Downs Allowed/Game 18.1 19.5 Rushing First Downs Allowed/Game 6.8 8.9 Yards Allowed per Rush 3.7 4.4 Rushing Yards Allowed/Game 125.3 165.7 Rushing Touchdowns Allowed/Game 0.7 1.5 Passing Yards Allowed/Completion 10.3 11.9 Passing Touchdowns Allowed/Game 1.1 1.4 Total Yards Allowed/Play 4.9 5.3 Total Yards Allowed/Game 330.7 360.7 Sacks/Game 2.3 1.8Diaco's defense ranks among the top 15 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 16 different categories.
Category Stats NCAA Rank Red-Zone TDs Allowed Percentage 24.24% 1st Points Allowed Per Red-Zone Trip 2.9 1st Rushing TDs Allowed 2 1st Total Red-Zone TDs Allowed 8 1st Red-Zone Rushing TDs Allowed 2 1st Passing Yards/Completion 9.7 2nd Scoring Defense 10.33 2nd Red-Zone Points Allowed 85 t-2nd Rush Defense 92.42 5th Red-Zone Defense 0.64 t-5th Total Defense 287.25 6th First Downs/Allowed 16.08 7th Pass Efficiency Defense 105.58 12th Fourth Down Conversion Percentage 31.3% t-12th Interceptions 16 t-14th Sacks 34.0 t-14thHere is another list of stellar accomplishments from Diaco's defense in 2012:
The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America. In addition to Diaco, the finalists include: Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, Florida defensive coordinator Jeff Quinn, Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason.
The 2012 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, AR. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The winner of the 2011 Broyles Award was John Chavis, Louisiana State University.
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). 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
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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 are 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.