Finishing the SEC as the league's top scoring defense and fifth nationally, giving up 16.7 points per game, as well as seventh in the country in total defense (298.3 yards per game), and eighth in pass defense (179 yards per game), Muschamp and the Tigers had a season to remember under the second-year coordinator.
"It is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for the Broyles Award," Muschamp says. "This is a reflection of the hard work, dedication, and desire of the players and other defensive coaches here at Auburn. This honor is for everyone associated with the program."
During Muschamp's two years at Auburn, the Tigers have held 20 of 25 opponents to 20 points or fewer. Other finalists for the award include Missouri assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Dave Christensen, Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, West Virginia assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach Calvin Magee, and Kansas defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Bill Young.
The finalists were announced by Little Rock Downtown Athletic Club and the winner will be awarded on Dec. 4 at the Broyles Award Luncheon presented by the Little Rock Downtown Rotary Club.