AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is finally getting some much-deserved attention for his work on The Plains.
The 37-year coaching veteran was named a Broyles Award finalist on Monday afternoon. The South Carolina, native was a semifinalist for the honor in 2016, but was left off the list of finalists.
The Tigers boast one of the strongest, most impressive defenses in the country. In two of the last three weeks Auburn held No. 1 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama to 31 total points (544 yards).
“He probably should win it,” coach Gus Mlzahn said after Auburn’s upset of Alabama in the Iron Bowl. “I’ll go ahead and say that right now. I think it’s, I’m not going to say common sense, but it’s close. Our defense is playing as good as anybody in the country.”
Auburn has the No. 11 scoring defense, the No. 21 rushing defense and the No. 14 passing defense as it heads to the SEC Championship in Atlanta this weekend.
Other finalists include Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh and UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters.
Weeks ago, when asked about the honor, Steele said it resembled other well-known individual awards.
The winner of the Broyles Award will be announced on Dec. 5, 2017 in Little Rock, Ark.
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