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(BuckeyeSports members get 10% off their entire package)Ohio State has the best assistant coach in the country.
Offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who has dealt with three quarterbacks over the course of a Big Ten title season, was named the Broyles Award winner on Tuesday. He beat out Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost and TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meachem.
Herman is the first Ohio State assistant to win since Jim Heacock won in 2007 and the first offensive coach to win it since 2010, when Auburn's Gus Malzahn took home the award.
Ohio State ranks eighth in the country in total offense, averaging 507.6 yards per game. The Buckeyes also rank fourth in scoring offense after putting up 45.2 points per contest in the first 13 games. Both of those benchmarks came despite a season-ending injury to quarterback Braxton Miller and the departure of four starters on the offensive line as well as leading rusher Carlos Hyde.
Previous Broyles Award Winners
Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews (1996)
Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann (1997)
Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe (1998)
Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen (1999)
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mark Mangino (2000)
Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon (2001)
Southern California offensive coordinator Norm Chow (2002)
Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (2003)
Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik (2004)
Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis (2005)
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster (2006)
Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock (2007)
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson (2008)
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart (2009)
Auburn University offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn (2010)
Louisiana State University defensive coordinator John Chavis (2011)
Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco (2012)
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi (2013)