Howell a nominee for 2013 Broyles Award

Nov 27, 2013 - Posted by on November 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Updated: November 27, 2013 3:45 pm

BYU defensive coordinator and secondary coach Nick Howell is one of 40 nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in college football. The list of nominees was announced Wednesday by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. 

After three years on the full-time staff, Howell was promoted in 2013 to serve as defensive coordinator. As such, Howell took on the task of preparing the BYU defense to adjust to playing in essence an extra quarter of football per game in 2013 because of BYU's new up-tempo offense. Only six teams in the nation have had to defend more plays than BYU this year and of those that have had to defend as many plays only Oregon and Oklahoma State allow fewer yards per game. BYU has played 878 plays on defense in 11 games to date. BYU ranks No. 16 nationally in both points per play allowed (0.277) and yards per play allowed (4.83) despite the extra demands of the high number of plays to defend.  

Howell was the special teams coordinator the past two seasons while also coaching the Cougar secondary, where he has served since switching from outside linebackers during the 2010 season. In his seventh season in Provo and 12th year of coaching, Howell started at BYU as a defensive intern (2007) and graduate assistant (2008-09) after working in Utah’s high school coaching ranks. Prior to BYU, he was the head coach at Ben Lomond High School (2004-06), defensive coordinator at Weber High School (2003) and defensive line coach at Sky View High School (2002).

The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Rotary Club of Little Rock presents the Broyles Award. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Bob Diaco, Notre Dame.

The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

The Broyles Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

For more information, visit www.BroylesAward.com or search for Broyles Award on Facebook and Twitter.

A complete list of nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award is included below.

2013 Broyles Award Nominee

  • Alabama - Doug Nussmeier, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arizona - Jeff Casteel, Defensive Coordinator
  • Arizona State - Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Arkansas State - Kent Riddle, Assistant Head Coach, TE’s/Special Teams
  • Auburn - Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ball State - Rich Skrosky, Offensive Coordinator
  • Baylor - Philip Montgomery, Offensive Coordinator
  • Boston College - Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
  • Brigham Young - Nick Howell, Defensive Coordinator
  • Central Florida - Brent Key, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
  • Colorado State - Dave Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator
  • Clemson - Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator
  • Duke - Kurt Roper, Offensive Coordinator
  • Florida State - Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator
  • Fresno State - Dave Schramm, Offensive Coordinator
  • Georgia Tech - Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator
  • Houston - David Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator
  • Indiana - Seth Littrell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Iowa - Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator
  • Louisville - Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator
  • LSU - Cam Cameron, Offensive Coordinator
  • Michigan State - Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator
  • Minnesota - Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator
  • Missouri - Josh Henson, Offensive Coordinator
  • Nebraska - Tim Beck, Offensive Coordinator
  • Ohio State - Tom Herman, Offensive Coordinator
  • Oklahoma State - Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator
  • Ole Miss - Dan Werner, Co-Offensive Coordinator
  • Rice - Chris Thurmond, Defensive Coordinator
  • San Jose State - Jimmie Dougherty, Offensive Coordinator
  • South Carolina - Lorenzo Ward, Defensive Coordinator
  • South Florida - Stu Holt, Special Teams Coordinator
  • Stanford - Derek Mason, Defensive Coordinator
  • Texas State - Mike Schultz, Offensive Coordinator
  • UCLA - Jeff Ulbrich, Assistant Head Coach/LB’s/Special Teams
  • Utah - Ilaisa Tuiaki, Defensive Line
  • Utah State - Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
  • Virginia Tech - Torrian Gray, Defensive Secondary Coach/Pass Game Coordinator
  • Western Michigan - Charles Huff, RB Coach
  • Wisconsin - Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator/LB’s