Rhett Lashlee nominated for Broyles Award

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is a nominee for the Broyles Award. (Todd Van Emst/Auburn University).

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is a nominee for the Broyles Award. (Todd Van Emst/Auburn University).

AUBURN – Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee was one of 40 coaches nominated for the 2013 Boyles Award, given to the top assistant college football coach, The Rotary Club of Little Rock announced Wednesday.

Auburn ranks second nationally in rushing offense (320.3 yards) and 16th in scoring (39 points). Running back Tre Mason is having a career year, leading the SEC with 1,153 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has credited Lashlee, 30, with calling as much as 50 percent of the plays in games this season.

“I feel like he’s one of the best in business at what he does,” Malzahn said. “He has a lot more wisdom and really, even experience, for his age. He deserves to be in that group.”

The finalists for the award will be announced on Monday and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

The Broyles Award was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who 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).

No. 4 Auburn hosts No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is also nominated for the Broyles Award.

The full list of the nominees for the Broyles Award is as follows:

  • 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