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Blog: Bobo a finalist for Broyles Award

Mike Bobo, the play-caller for a Georgia offense that has set school records for points and touchdowns in a season, is among five finalists for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Bobo, 38, is finishing his sixth full season as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator. The former Georgia quarterback has been on coach Mark Richt’s staff for 12 seasons.

Georgia has scored 456 points and 62 touchdowns this season. Bobo has been a frequent target for fan criticism in past seasons, but not so much this year with an offense that is third in the Southeastern Conference with an average of 38 points and 463.7 yards per game.

“We’re doing a nice job right now,” Bobo said of his offense. “Balance is the No. 1 thing. I think Aaron (Murray) being extremely accurate, able to throw the ball on first down and complete a high percentage of passes and then we’ve got guys that can make big plays on runs, on passes. Just the number of big plays we’ve had this year has just helped our offense tremendously. It’s hard to drive the ball, eight, nine plays on any defense.”

The other finalists: Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury,Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason.

The winner will be announced Tuesday Dec. 4 in Little Rock, Ark. The award is named after formerArkansascoach and athletic director Frank Broyles.

A 10-person panel, which included former Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, chose the finalists

LSU’s John Chavis won the award last year. Other past award winners include Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart (2009) and former Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (2003).

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