Notre Dame football: DC Mike Elko nominated for national award

Notre Dame has struggled on defense for years under Brian Kelly, with a few exceptions. Defensive coordinator Mike Elko was hired earlier this year.

He’s turned the ship around, and for his efforts, he was nominated for the Broyles Award on Wednesday. The honor is given to the best assistant coach in college football.

Here is the full list of nominees. From the award’s website:

The 56 nominees in this year’s class were selected from approximately 1500 assistant coaches representing 129 Division One programs across the country.  For the first time in the award’s 22 year history, a committee representing the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) was also included in the Broyles Award selection process.

Notre Dame’s fearsome rushing attack has gotten most of the headlines this season, but the defense has been stout. The Fighting Irish are allowing just 18.4 points per game, which ranks 17 th out of 130 schools. Last season, they allowed 27.8 points per game.

Congratulations to Coach Elko.

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