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Football: Ron Roberts Named a Broyles Award Nominee
LOUISIANA FOOTBALL CONTACT: Josh Brunner; firstname.lastname@example.org
Second-year defensive coordinator has revamped Louisiana into a top Sun Belt defense
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Football’s defensive coordinator Ron Roberts has been selected as one of 41 nominees for the prestigious Broyles Award, the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Roberts, along with the other 40 coaches named as nominees, were picked from a pool of 1,500 assistant coaches from 130 Division I programs across the country. The award honors college football’s top assistant coaches.
Coaching in his second season at Louisiana, Roberts has completely transformed the Ragin’ Cajuns defense into one of the stingiest in the Sun Belt Conference and in all of college football.
Through nine games this year, Louisiana ranks 11th in the nation in scoring defense (17.1) and red zone defense (.708), while coming in at No. 32 in the nation in total defense, allowing just 338.0 yards per contest.
In just two years, Roberts has taken a unit that ranked near the bottom of the Sun Belt Conference and propelled them into the top-3 in nearly every major defensive category in the league.
A 20-member selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, broadcasters, and a committee representing the FWAA will select 15 semi-finalists and five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner. Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Ark. where the 2019 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 10th at the Marriott Hotel.
Louisiana returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it travels to Mobile, Ala., for a date with South Alabama. Kickoff from Ladd-Peebles Stadium is slated for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.
2019 Broyles Award Nominees:
ALABAMA – Steve Sarkisian, Offensive Coordinator/QB
APPALACHIAN STATE – Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator
ARKANSAS STATE – Keith Heckendorf, Offensive Doordinator/QB
AUBURN – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator
BALL STATE – Joey Lynch, Offensive Coordinator/QB
BAYLOR – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
BRIGHAM YOUNG – Aaron Roderick, Passing Game Coordinator/QB
CALIFORNIA – Tim DeRuyter, Defensive Coordinator
CENTRAL MICHIGAN – Charlie Frye, Offensive Coordinator/QB
CINCINNATI – Marcus Freeman, Defensive Coordinator
CLEMSON – Jeff Scott, Co-Offensive Coordinator/WR
FLORIDA – Billy Gonzalez, Wide Receivers
GEORGIA – Dan Lanning, Defensive Coordinator/Outside LBs
GEORGIA STATE – Brad Glenn, Offensive Coordinator
INDIANA – Kalen DeBoer, Offensive Coordinator/QB
IOWA – Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator/DB
IOWA STATE – Tom Manning, Offensive Coordinator/Run Game Coordinator
LOUISVILLE – Dwayne Ledfors, Offensive Line
LOUISIANA – Ron Roberts, Defensive Coordinator
LSU – Joe Brady, Passing Game Coordinator/WR
MEMPHIS – Pete Lembo, Special Teams Coordinator
MICHIGAN – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
MINNESOTA – Kirk Ciarrocca, Offensive Coordinator/QB
MISSOURI – Ryan Walters, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
NAVY – Brian Newberry, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
OHIO STATE – Jeff Hafley, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
OKLAHOMA – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/ Safeties
OLE MISS – Mike MacIntyre, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
OREGON – Andy Avalos, Defensive Coordinator
OREGON STATE – Brian Lindgren, Offensive Coordinator/QB
PENN STATE – Brent Pry, Defensive Coordinator/LB
PITTSBURGH – Randy Bates, Defensive Coordinator
SAN JOSÉ STATE – Ryan Gunderson, Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coordinator
SMU – Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator/QB
TROY – Ryan Pugh, Offensive Coordinator/OL
TULANE – Will Hall, Offensive Coordinator/
UAB – David Reeves, Defensive Coordinator
UCF – Randy Shannon, Defensive Coordinator
UTAH – Morgan Scalley, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
WESTERN KENTUCKY – Clayton White, Defensive Coordinator/CB
WISCONSIN – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator
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