Coach Parrish Finalist For Broyles Award

Ball State Football's Offensive Coordinator Stan Parrish has been named one of the finalists for the Broyles Award after his amazing play call this year.The Broyless Award,which is given to the top assistant in the country,was designed in 1996.Parrish joins Utah's Gary Anderson,Texas Christian's Dick Bumpas,Florida's Charlie Strong and Oklahoma's Kevin Wilson as finalists for this coaching award.

Stan Parrish, the offensive coordinator on the Ball State University football staff, has been named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, which goes to the top assistant coach in the nation.

In 1996, the Broyles Award was established to recognize the college football assistant coach. Each year the five Broyles Award finalists are chosen from almost 1,500 assistant coaches representing 119 Football Bowl Subdivision college football programs. Each head coach can nominate one assistant coach from his staff. All nominations are reviewed by, and the five finalists chosen by, an enthusiastic selection committee comprised of nine of college football's finest former head coaches.

The 2008 Broyles Award winner will be announced Tues., Dec. 9, at 11:30 a.m., at a luncheon banquet in Little Rock, Ark.

The five finalists for the 2008 award are Parrish, Gary Anderson (Defensive Coordinator at Utah), Dick Bumpas (Defensive Coordinator at Texas Christian), Charlie Strong (Defensive Coordinator at Florida) and Kevin Wilson (Offensive Coordinator at Oklahoma).

Parrish has engineered a Ball State offense which has helped the Cardinals to a 12-0 overall record, an 8-0 Mid-American Conference mark and the MAC West Division Championship in 2008. The Cardinals will play East Division Champion Buffalo in the Marathon MAC Championship Game Friday at 8 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

Ball State's offense ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency (169.7), 13th in total offense (455.75), 15th in scoring offense (37.67), 22nd in passing offense (259.67) and 25th in rushing offense (196.08). In addition, Ball State H-Back MiQuale Lewis is tied for third in the nation in points per game (10.0) and fourth in rushing yards per game (130.83). Ball State quarterback Nate Davis is sixth in the country in passing efficiency (168.28) and 17th in total offense (278.0).

Parrish is in his fourth season at Ball State and his 38th year as a football coach. Prior to coming to Ball State, he spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2002, he tutored starting quarterback Brad Johnson, who led Tampa Bay to a 12-4 regular-season record and the first Super Bowl Championship in the franchise's history.

Parrish spent six years on the staff at the University of Michigan, where he worked with Ball State head coach Brady Hoke. He was the quarterbacks coach each year at Michigan plus was the team's offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. Parrish helped the Wolverines to a 1997 berth in the Rose Bowl and the school's 11th national championship and worked with quarterbacks Brian Griese and Tom Brady at Michigan. Parrish has 10 years of head coaching experience in the collegiate ranks and owns a 57-41-3 overall record.

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