Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard had been named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, presented to the top assistant coach in college football.
Leonhard is in his first season as the defensive coordinator with the Badgers, but in his second year with the program.
Wisconsin’s defense ranks among the best in the nation in nearly every major statistical category and has been a force from the start of the season. Many on the College Football Playoff committee have complimented the Badgers for their efforts on that side of the ball throughout the year.
Here’s how the Badgers stack up statistically on the national scope:
- Scoring defense: 12 points per game (2nd)
- Rushing defense: 80.5 yards per game (1st)
- Passing defense: 156.4 yards per game (2nd)
- Total defense: 236. 9 yards per game (1st)
- Turnovers gained: 23 (18th)
The Badgers have held 11 opponents under 20 points this season, with Northwestern being the only team to eclipse that mark, scoring 24 back in September.
Other candidates for the Broyles Award include: Kevin Steele (defensive coordinator, Auburn), Tony Elliott (co-offensive coordinator/running backs, Clemson), Bill Bedenbaugh (offensive coordinator/offensive line, Oklahoma) and Troy Walters (offensive coordinator, UCF).
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.