A defensive coordinator from Michigan was selected Tuesday for the highest honor among assistant coaches in college football.
Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi, the Spartans’ defensive coordinator since 2007, was named the winner of the 2013 Broyles Award over Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery.
“Shocked, stunned,” Narduzzi said of his reaction to winning the award. “I owe it all to our football players and our coaching staff.”
Narduzzi received the award at a ceremony put on by the Little Rock Rotary Club at the downtown Little Rock Marriott.
Michigan State leads the nation this season in total defense and third the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 248.2 yards and 11.3 points per game.
The team captured the 2013 Big Ten title on Saturday, when Narduzzi’s unit held Ohio State’s offense to 374 yards and handed the Buckeyes its first loss under coach Urban Meyer in a 34-24 Spartan victory.
The Spartans take on Stanford at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1.
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