According to a release from the University, Indiana football’s associate head coach Kalen DeBoer has been selected as one of 41 nominees for the 2019 Broyles Award. The Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation announced the nominees on Wednesday afternoon. The prestigious award is intended to honor the nation’s top collegiate assistant coaches.
Mike Locksley, former Offensive Coordinator for Alabama and current head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, won the award back in 2018.
Indiana’s Tom Allen was nominated in 2016 for his role as the Defensive Coordinator, and current running-backs coach was nominated in 2018 for his work with the Hoosiers’ backfield.
The final award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 10 in Little Rock, Ark. That selection will be made by a 20-member selection team comprised of former head coaches, broadcasters, and a committee that represents the Football Writers Association of America.
Kalen DeBoer’s Impact at Indiana University
The accomplishments referenced below are quoted from the University’s press release.
DeBoer, who also serves as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, joined the program in the offseason and has been instrumental in its 7-2 record. The Hoosiers are bowl eligible for the third time in five years and clinched their first winning season since 2007.
Indiana is first in the Big Ten in pass offense (308.0, 15th nationally), second in total offense (446.4, 34th), sacks allowed (1.44, 26th), completion percentage (69.6, 8th), first downs (24.2, 20th) and time of possession (34:06, 7th), third in pass yards per attempt (8.4, T-20th) and pass efficiency (156.2, 18th), tied for third in turnovers lost (10, T-23rd), fourth in third-down conversions (46.7, 21st), and fifth in pass touchdowns (20, T-30th) and scoring offense (34.0, 34th).
The 2019 offense has improved at least 45 spots in the national rankings from 2018 in time of possession (+87), average yards per pass (+87), red zone touchdowns (+71), 20-yard passing plays (+68), points per game (+54), 20-yard scrimmage plays (+50), red zone scoring (+46) and total touchdowns (+45).
IU has reached 30 points eight times in its first nine games, a program record, and in six-straight games, which shares a program record. The eight 30-point games are tied for the second-most in school single-season history (1988, 2007, 2013) behind the 2015 Hoosiers (9).
Sixteen Hoosiers have caught a pass, 12 have recorded a rush and 13 have reached the end zone in DeBoer’s multiple attack. Tight ends have combined for 38 catches for 454 yards and five touchdowns, while the running backs have caught 38 for 315 yards with two TDs.
In 2018, tight ends brought in 21 balls for 232 yards and two scores, while backs added 45 receptions for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 12 games.
Indiana (5) and Washington State (6) are the only two FBS teams with five pass-catchers with 20-plus receptions and 350-plus yards.Indiana University Press Release
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