DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Matt Lubick is one of 29 nominees for the 2012 Broyles Award, an honor presented annually to the top assistant football coach in the nation.
Now in his third season with the Blue Devils, Lubick serves as Duke’s passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator while coaching the wide receivers. This year, he has mentored one of the finest wide receivers in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference in Conner Vernon as well as Jamison Crowder and Desmond Scott.
Duke is the only BCS team to have three players (Vernon – 64, Crowder – 62 & Scott – 57) with 50-plus receptions this season. As a trio, Crowder, Scott and Vernon have a combined total of 183 receptions this season, establishing a new school record, breaking the previous standard of 180 set in 2010.
Vernon, the only player in conference history with four seasons with 50-plus receptions and 700-plus receiving yards, owns four ACC records for career pass receptions (262), pass receiving yards (3,521), most consecutive games with at least one pass reception (46) and most seasons with 70-plus pass receptions (2).
“Having been a former Broyles Award winner, I understand what the award stands for and Matt Lubick deserves the opportunity to stand up there with the finest assistant coaches in America,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, who received the honor in 1998 after helping the Tennessee Volunteers to the national championship.
The Blue Devils are 6-5 on the season, reaching bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. Duke closes the regular season at home on Saturday against Miami at 12:30 p.m.
Lubick is joined on the list of candidates by Rhett Lashlee (Arkansas State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach), Rich Skrosky (Ball State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Chad Morris (Clemson, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Dan Quinn (Florida, Defensive Coordinator), Mark Stoops (Florida State, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary), Nick Toth (Fresno State, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers), Mike Bobo (Georgia, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Charles Kelly (Georgia Tech, Defensive Coordinator), Mike Summers (Kentucky, Offensive Line), Tony Franklin (Louisiana Tech, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Tim Beck (Nebraska, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Ed Warinner (Ohio State, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line), Todd Monken (Oklahoma State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Mark Banker (Oregon State, Defensive Coordinator), Robb Smith (Rutgers, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach), Kent Baer (San Jose State, Defensive coordinator/Linebackers coach), Scott Shafer (Syracuse, Defensive Coordinator), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas A&M, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach), Art Kaufman (Texas Tech, Defensive Coordinator), Noel Mazzone (UCLA, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach), Bobby Williams (Alabama, Tight Ends/Special Teams), Calvin Magee (Arizona, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs), Brent Key (Central Florida, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach), Greg Mattison (Michigan, Defensive Coordinator), Blake Anderson (North Carolina, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Bob Diaco (Notre Dame,Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers), Lorenzo Ward (South Carolina, Defensive Coordinator) and Dave Aranda (Utah State, Defensive Coordinator.
The five finalists for the 2012 Broyles Award will be announced on Monday, November 26. The 2012 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The winner of the 2011 Broyles Award was John Chavis of LSU.
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.