Spartans' Narduzzi picks up Broyles Award

LITTLE ROCK — Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was named the 18th winner of the Broyles Award on Tuesday.

The award annually honors the top assistant coach in college football and is named after former Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. A ceremony was held at the Marriott Hotel where Narduzzi and four other finalists were honored.

Narduzzi’s defense held Ohio State scoreless during a key fourth quarter in Saturday’s 34-24 win against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. The winning Spartans held the Buckeyes to 101 passing yards in the game on 8 of 23 attempts by Braxton Miller. For the season, the Spartans have allowed 80.8 rushing yards per game.

Narduzzi will be flown to Orlando, Fla., to represent the Broyles Award at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which is to air Thursday on ESPN.

Other Broyles Award finalists were Auburn offensive coordinator and Shiloh Christian graduate Rhett Lashlee, Baylor OC Philip Montgomery, Duke OC Kurt Roper and Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

— I.C. Murrell