Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard selected as semifinalist for Broyles Award
Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard is one of 15 candidates selected as semifinalists for the Frank Broyles Award, presented to the top assistant coach in college football.
Leonhard is in his second year on the Badgers’ staff but is in his first year as the team’s defensive coordinator. Last year, he served as the defensive backs coach for Wisconsin.
He was the only B1G assistant to be named a semifinalist.
The Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach, releases its 15 semifinalists. No surprise to see most Playoff contenders represented here. pic.twitter.com/DW4yTY6HEe
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 21, 2017
The Badgers have enjoyed tremendous success under Leonhard’s direction this fall and have been the key behind the 11-0 record. Wisconsin’s defense ranks first nationally against the run (79.4 yards per game) and is second in total defense (246.4 yards per game) and scoring defense (13.1 points per game).
Wisconsin also ranks in the top 10 nationally in turnovers gained and pass defense.
Leonhard has an opportunity to become the third B1G assistant to win the award in the last five seasons. Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State DC) earned the recognition in 2013 and Tom Herman (Ohio State OC) was honored in 2014.
The list of 15 semifinalists will be trimmed down to five finalists. A winner will be named on Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.