Dec. 2, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor Offensive Coordinator Philip Montgomery was named one of five assistant coaches in the country as a finalist for the 2013 Broyles Award, the Rotary Club of Little Rock announced on Monday.
The sixth-year Baylor offensive coordinator made the cut from 40 after being named a nominee last Wednesday and is the Big 12's lone representative for the award that honors the top assistant college football coach in America. The other four finalists are Auburn Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Duke Offensive Coordinator Kurt Roper, Florida State Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Michigan State Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
Montgomery has led Baylor's historic 2013 offensive run as the Bears currently lead the nation with 55.4 points per game and 635.1 yards per game - both numbers are on pace to break Big 12 records. BU's points per game average is flirting with Army's NCAA record of 56.0 in 1944 and the Bears' yards per game average is ahead of Houston's NCAA record of 624.9 in 1989.
Montgomery's offense has helped BU get off to a 10-1 start to the season for the first time since 1980 and a 7-1 Big 12 start for the first time ever - the only time Baylor had eight league wins was in 1980 as a member of the Southwest Conference and the program has never had 11 overall wins (had 10 in 2011, 1980). The Bears are ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and the BCS Standings and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Under Montgomery's guidance, the BU offense also leads the country in passing efficiency rating (180.83) and passing yards per completion (17.81). Additionally, Baylor's 609 total points, 82 total touchdowns and 42 rushing TDs have already set a new school records. The Bears' 365.9 passing yards per game (on pace for a school record) and 269.2 rushing yards per game rank fourth and 11th in the nation, respectively.
Several players have enjoyed stellar 2013 seasons thus far in Montgomery's offense. Quarterback Bryce Petty leads the country with 17.87 yards per completion and ranks second in passing efficiency rating (183.8). Petty ranks third in the country in points responsible for per game (21.3), seventh in passing yards per game (323.4) and 12th in passing touchdowns (28).
Running backs Lache Seastrunk (109.1) and Shock Linwood (84.8) rank 21st and 50th, respectively, in the nation in rushing yards per game. Wide receiver Antwan Goodley's 109.5 receiving yards per game and 12 receiving TDs rank ninth and eighth, respectively, in the country.
The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Bob Diaco, Notre Dame.
The Broyles Award 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 award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence.
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