Bobo named finalist for Broyles Award for nation’s top assistant

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 this year with an offense that is third in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (38.0 per game) and total yards (463.7 yards).

“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 a week from today in Little Rock, Ark. The award is named after former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles.

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

Among past award winners are Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart (2009) and former Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (2003).

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