OSU's Glenn Spencer Nominated For National Award

      Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has been nominated for the 2013 Broyles Award, it was announced Wednesday by The Rotary Club of Little Rock.

      The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in the country and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who was known for producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

      Spencer, in his first-year as Oklahoma State defensive coordinator, has led perhaps the most impressive defensive turnaround in the nation this season. The Cowboys rank in the top 25 nationally in scoring defense (11th), turnovers gained (fifth), passes intercepted (third), red zone defense (fifth), pass efficiency defense (ninth), tackles for loss (10th), third-down conversion percentage defense (17th), fumbles recovered (16th) and rushing defense (24th) just one year after ranking in the top 25 nationally in only one of those categories (tackles for loss - 25th in 2012).

      Early in the season, the team had to rely heavily on its defense to win games and Spencer's unit delivered, limiting two of OSU's first three opponents without a touchdown. Spencer's scheme against Baylor helped the Cowboys force three turnovers and limit the top-ranked offense in the nation to 44 points and 231 yards below its season averages as part of OSU's win over the No. 3 Bears.

      The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock and is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.

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      Nominees for the 2013 Broyles Award

      Alabama - Doug Nussmeier, Offensive Coordinator

      Arizona - Jeff Casteel, Defensive Coordinator

      Arizona State - Mike Norvell, Offensive Coordinator

      Arkansas State - Kent Riddle, Assistant Head Coach, TE's/Special Teams

      Auburn - Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator

      Ball State - Rich Skrosky, Offensive Coordinator

      Baylor - Philip Montgomery, Offensive Coordinator

      Boston College - Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator

      Brigham Young - Nick Howell, Defensive Coordinator

      Central Florida - Brent Key, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

      Colorado State - Dave Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator

      Clemson - Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator

      Duke - Kurt Roper, Offensive Coordinator

      Florida State - Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator

      Fresno State - Dave Schramm, Offensive Coordinator

      Georgia Tech - Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator

      Houston - David Gibbs, Defensive Coordinator

      Indiana - Seth Littrell, Offensive Coordinator

      Iowa - Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator

      Louisville - Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator

      LSU - Cam Cameron, Offensive Coordinator

      Michigan State - Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator

      Minnesota - Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator

      Missouri - Josh Henson, Offensive Coordinator

      Nebraska - Tim Beck, Offensive Coordinator

      Ohio State - Tom Herman, Offensive Coordinator

      Oklahoma State - Glenn Spencer, Defensive Coordinator

      Ole Miss - Dan Werner, Co-Offensive Coordinator

      Rice - Chris Thurmond, Defensive Coordinator

      San Jose State - Jimmie Dougherty, Offensive Coordinator

      South Carolina - Lorenzo Ward, Defensive Coordinator

      South Florida - Stu Holt, Special Teams Coordinator

      Stanford - Derek Mason, Defensive Coordinator

      Texas State - Mike Schultz, Offensive Coordinator

      UCLA - Jeff Ulbrich, Assistant Head Coach/LB's/Special Teams

      Utah - Ilaisa Tuiaki, Defensive Line

      Utah State - Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

      Virginia Tech - Torrian Gray, Defensive Secondary Coach/Pass Game Coordinator

      Western Michigan - Charles Huff, RB Coach

      Wisconsin - Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator/LB's