Four B1G assistant coaches have officially been named semifinalists for the annual Broyles Award.

The award goes to the best assistant coach in all of college football throughout the season.

Of the 15 semifinalists that were announced, the four in the B1G were:

  • Indiana, Kane Wommack, DC/LBs
  • Iowa, Phil Parker, DC/Secondary
  • Northwestern, Mike Hankwitz, DC
  • Ohio State, Brian Hartline, WRs

Wommack has coached Indiana’s defense to be one of the best in the country this season and it helped him land the South Alabama head coaching gig.

Hankwitz of Northwestern is retiring after this season but not before his Wildcats had another outstanding defensive season. They rank 13th overall in total defense and second in scoring defense.

Hartline of Ohio State has done a great job with Ohio State’s receivers this season, plus he’s been on a hot streak recruiting wise. The Buckeyes have one five-star recruit at the position for the 2021 class and two at the four-star level.

As for Parker, his Hawkeyes defense is on a streak where they haven’t given up more than 25 points a game in their last 22 games. That streak has gone on for the last couple of seasons.

There will be five finalists for the award and then from there, a winner will be announced. We’ll have to see if one of these B1G coaches will get the nod for it.