Hart nominated for Broyles Award

Indiana running backs coach Mike Hart is in good company.

Hart is one of 53 nominees for the Broyles Award, which goes to college football’s top assistant coach, the Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation announced Wednesday.

The second-year IU assistant is one of eight Big Ten coaches nominated for the award, and the first Indiana coach to land on the list since former offensive line assistant Greg Frey in 2015.

After IU lost its top two options in the backfield early in the season, the Hoosiers turned to a newcomer. Through nine games, Stevie Scott ranks second nationally in carries (159), and yardage (791), and shares fifth in touchdowns (eight). Another true freshman, Ronnie Walker, is averaging 5.1 yards per carry with two touchdowns this season.

Both Scott and Walker were recruited by Hart, who added the title of assistant head coach prior to the season. Hart is making $301,500 in base salary this season, according to university records.