Herring Not Overly Excited For Broyles Award

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring appreciates the recognition. He really does. He's just not a fan of individual awards.

Herring didn't sound overly excited Wednesday evening when asked for his reaction about being named as one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. Rather than talking about how the nomination is long overdo, Herring said he "appreciated" it before going on a lengthy rant that he described as a "statement for all coaches out there." "There is no one man worthy of any award by himself," Herring said. "If he is, he's not a man. It's always team, and if it ever gets anything different than team, you're a fool." Herring said Arkansas' other defensive coaches, as well as the players, were just as responsible for him being named a finalist for the Broyles Award. Despite a slew of injuries that have left the linebacker core and secondary thin on depth, Arkansas' defense has held opponents to just 16.8 points per game. As a result, the No. 8 Razorbacks (10-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) won 10 straight games, clinched the SEC West and will face No. 4 Florida in Saturday's SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. "He's a very intense person, but he's a professional," Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson said of Herring. "He wants a professional attitude toward his game, and since he's been over here, just the whole attitude toward coaches and plays have all changed." Ohio State quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, Louisville offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables were the other finalists named Wednesday for the Broyles Award. Herring is only the second Arkansas assistant to be included as a finalist for the Broyles Award, which is named after former Razorbacks coach and current athletic director Frank Broyles. Former Arkansas defensive coordinator Keith Burns was among those considered for the award in 1998. During Herring's rant following Wednesday's practice, he said that his nomination was a culmination of all the "hard work" that has gone on since he was hired Dec. 4, 2004. "It's been a hard two year, and that award is a reflection on all the way back to the pink jerseys to the loafs and the up-downs (drills) and all the hard work." The winner of the Broyles Award will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 16 at a banquet presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock.

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