Georgia’s Mel Tucker and Alabama’s Brian Daboll lead SEC Broyles Award nominees

The second-year defensive coordinator for the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the first-year offensive coordinator for the No. 2 team in the nation lead the pack of eight SEC assistant coaches who have been nominated for the 2017 Broyles Award.

Mel Tucker from Georgia, Brian Daboll from Alabama, and six other SEC assistants land on the list of 56 total nominees for the 2017 edition of the award. Tucker heads one of the stingiest defenses in the country, while Daboll has helped Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts to become the SEC’s highest-graded quarterback so far in 2017.

The Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation announced the full list on Wednesday afternoon. The Broyles Award honors the season’s top assistant coach.

Here are all of the SEC nominees:

Alabama – Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Auburn – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator
Georgia – Mel Tucker, Defensive Coordinator
LSU – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator
Mississippi State – Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Missouri – Josh Heupel, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Ole Miss – Derrick Nix, Running Backs Coach
South Carolina – Coleman Hutzler, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables won the award last season, and coaches who have won in the last five seasons are not eligible to win again.

A committee of former head coaches and representatives of the Football Writers Association of America will select 15 semifinalists then five finalists. The finalists will be invited to Little Rock, Ark. where the 2017 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 5th.

Proceeds from the 2017 Broyles Award support the mission of the Broyles Foundation — to provide education, support, and resources to Alzheimer’s caregivers.

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