Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was announced on Wednesday as a nominee for the Frank Broyles Award, given to the best assistant coach in college football.
Diaz, a nominee for the second straight year, is presiding over a Hurricanes defense that has helped the team to an 8-0 start and a No. 7 slot in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Miami defense has combined for 28.0 sacks, 7th in FBS. They have also forced 20 turnovers, tied for the 5th best output in the country. Their 17.6 points allowed is ranked among the nation’s top 12.
Diaz is one of 56 nominees for the award. That number will be trimmed down to 15 semifinalists and then down to 5 finalists, with the award being given out on December 5.
Diaz, a Miami native, is entering his second year on the Hurricanes staff. He had previous stops as defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Texas, and Louisiana Tech. He is probably best known for coming up with the famous gold chain handed out to players to wear during games when they force a turnover.
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