Nov. 29, 2010
• 2010 Broyles Award Finalists
MADISON, Wis. – Buoyed by a share of the Big Ten championship and the conference’s highest scoring offense, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has been named one of five finalists for the 2010 Broyles Award, it was announced Monday. The award goes to the top assistant coach in the nation.
Wisconsin currently boasts the fourth-highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 43.3 points per game. In their last four contests, the Badgers have outscored their opponents 235-84. Over the course of the eight-game Big Ten season, UW averaged 45.2 points per game, the second-highest per game total in conference history.
Averaging 247.3 rushing yards per game, Wisconsin holds the No. 12 rushing attack in the country. No other team in the country can match the three 800-yard rushers that the Badgers have. In the last three weeks, Wisconsin has rushed for 1,024 yards and scored 17 rushing touchdowns.
With 64 more rushing yards from John Clay and 136 more from Montee Ball, Wisconsin would become the first team in FBS history to boast three 1,000-yard running backs in the same season.
As a balance to the stellar running game, the passing game features Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist Scott Tolzien and Mackey Award finalist Lance Kendricks.
Kendricks leads Wisconsin with 39 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks third among all FBS tight ends in receiving yards, is tied for sixth in touchdowns and is tied for seventh in receptions.
With a bowl game still to be played, the Wisconsin offense has already broken school records for rushing touchdowns in a season (46) and points in a season (520). In addition, the team is on pace to break the mark for average yards per carry, total offense, points per game and passing completion percentage.
Tolzien currently holds school records with a .685 career completion percentage and a 154.4 quarterback efficiency rating. The Rolling Meadows, Ill., native also ranks fourth at UW with 5,112 career passing yards and 398 completions, sixth with 32 career passing touchdowns and seventh with 581 attempts.
This season Tolzien has completed 74.3 percent of his passes which is tops in the nation and is on pace to break the Big Ten record, currently held by former Badger quarterback Darrell Bevell, who completed 67.8 percent of his passes in 1993. In addition, Tolzien has thrown for 2,300 yards with 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
The 2010 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock.
Named in honor of former Missouri and Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles, the Broyles Award was established in 1996 to recognize the dedicated, hard-working assistants like those who worked for Broyles, and to date, over 70 finalists and 14 winners have been honored.
The finalists are chosen by a nine-person panel that may be the most prestigious of any awards panel, representing eight national championships, more than 1,600 victories, over 60 conference titles, 124 bowl game appearances and nine national head coach of the year honors.