COLLEGE STATION-Texas A&M offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury has been nominated for the 2012 Broyles Award which is presented annually to the top assistant college football coach in America.
Kingsbury has molded the Aggie offensive unit into a group that ranks fifth in yards per game (543.7), which would set a new SEC record, ranks sixth in scoring offense with 43.5 points per game, 14th in rushing offense with an average of 234.9 per game and 17th in the nation in passing offense with 308.8 yards per contest.
In addition, Kingsbury has worked with the quarterbacks and redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel became the first SEC player, first freshman and just the fifth player in FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Manziel has broken the SEC record for total offense in a game, twice in 2012, with 557 yards against Arkansas and then two weeks later posted 576 yards of total offense against Louisiana Tech.
The Aggies are 9-2 and 5-2 and currently tied for second place in the SEC Western Division heading into the season finale on Saturday against Missouri. The game is scheduled to kick at 6 p.m. from Kyle Field.
The five finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 26. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, AR. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The 2011 winner was LSU's defensive coordinator, John Chavis.
The Broyles Award was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football.