Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has won the 2018 Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach in college football. The announcement was made Tuesday.
This is Locksley’s third season at UA, first as coordinator. He was the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach last year and an offensive analyst the year prior.
“I think he knew our system, and he’s done a really good job of working with all those guys and getting them to work together,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in November. “I think we have a really good offensive staff, and he’s done a really good job of working with all those guys and getting them to work together. I think he’s done a really, really good job relative to the players that we have and the things that we can do best, and hopefully we’ll able to continue to improve. I think the players respond well to him, so I think he’s done a really, really good job.”
Locksley has led the Crimson Tide to an average of 47.9 points and 527.6 yards per game. This year’s team has already set school records in points scored (623), total offense (6,859), offensive touchdowns (77) and passing yards (4,231) in a single season.
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We’re proud to announce 2018’s WINNER of the 23rd annual @BroylesAward.
— BROYLES AWARD (@BroylesAward) December 4, 2018
The Broyles Award has been presented annually since 1996. Only one Alabama assistant won it prior to Locksley in 2009 and that’s Kirby Smart, who was Alabama’s defensive coordinator and is now the head coach at Georgia.
Locksley was chosen over Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, Clemson co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott, Mississippi State defensive coordinator and safeties coach Bob Shoop and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long.
According to The Washington Post, Locksley is currently one of three finalists for the Maryland head coaching job.