JEREMY PRUITT NAMED FINALIST FOR TOP ASSISTANT COACH AWARD

By WVUA 23 Web Writer Joe Klingbeil

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was named one of five finalists for the 2016 Frank Broyles award Monday, which honors college football’s top assistant coach.

During his first year as defensive coordinator in Tuscaloosa, Pruitt commanded a defensive unit that did not give up a single touchdown in the month of November, and  one that led the nation in multiple defensive categories including scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, three-and-outs, defensive touchdowns and fewest offensive touchdowns allowed.

Past winners of the award, which was named after former Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles, include Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, and former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who won the award in 2009.

The four other finalists for the award are Clemson’s defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Colorado’s defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, Michigan’s defensive coordinator Don Brown and Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

The award is will be presented on December 6, at the Little Rock Marriott.

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