In the midst of orchestrating a significant turnaround of Indiana’s defense, Tom Allen is up for a major honor.
Allen, IU’s first-year defensive coordinator, is a nominee for the 2016 Broyles Award, which honors college football’s top assistant coach. Under Allen’s guidance, the Hoosiers are allowing 127.3 fewer yards per game than they were in 2015. IU is also yielding 94.1 fewer passing yards per contest.
Both of those improvements represent the largest improvements nationally.
Indiana is also giving up 30 fewer touchdowns, and has allowed 35 fewer plays of 20-plus yards. IU is also tied for third in the Big Ten with two defensive touchdowns, fourth in third down percentage (30.2) and fifth with 78 tackles for loss.
The award was established in 1996 to recognize longtime Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles for his legacy of producing an impressive coaching tree of assistant coaches, including Hayden Fry, Barry Switzer, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Johnson and Joe Gibbs, among others.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson won the award in 2008 while serving as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma.
An 18-member selection committee will soon select five finalists from the list of 40 nominees. Finalists will be invited to Little Rock, Ark., where the award winner will be announced on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.