The behind the scenes leader of Alabama’s offense is in the running for a prestigious award.
Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, it was announced Monday.
The award goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.
In his first year as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Locksley has the Tide entering the SEC championship game ranked second nationally in scoring offense while having helped Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa emerge as the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Tide offense has posted 500 yards or more in 11 of the team’s first 12 games and has already broken the school-record for points in a single season.
“I think Mike has done as good a job as any guy in the country could do in terms of the way the players have responded to him, the way he’s implemented the system that we have, the way he’s used the players that we have on offense on our team and the success that we’ve had is certainly a reflection on the job that he has done,” Tide coach Nick Saban said of Locksley, who was an analyst for Alabama in 2016 and the team’s wide receivers coach last season. “So I certainly think he’s very worthy (of being up for the Broyles Award), and we’re really fortunate to have someone of his caliber and quality here on our staff that has the experience he has, and he’s done a fabulous job for us.”
The other finalists for the Broyles Award are Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott, Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long.
Matt Zenitz is an Alabama and Auburn reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.