Alabama’s Steve Sarkisian wins Broyles Award as nation’s top assistant coach

Cecil Hurt

University of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was named the winner of the 2020 Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football. The Broyles Foundation announced the winner on Monday.

”Sark has done an outstanding job, first of all in terms of system and scheme and secondly, in terms of how he teaches the players,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said on Monday. “He’s a very good quarterback coach, so he's really helped the development of the quarterback. I think Mac (Jones) would be the first one to probably tell you that.

“I think our players have a lot of confidence in what we're doing. They have confidence in the fact that they're well prepared for every game. They don't go in with a lot of question marks or apprehensions in terms of how we're going to handle certain things and what adjustments we need to make in the game to be able to continue to have success.

Nov 28, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, acting as head coach during head coach Nick Saban's COVID-19 quarantine, walks the field as the team arrives at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Iron Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

“So he's just done an outstanding job. He's contributed as much as anybody that we've ever had here in terms of his knowledge and experience and how he manages the offensive side of the ball.” 

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Alabama is averaging 49.7 points and 543.9 yards per game in 2020, leading the NCAA (FBS) in both categories. The Crimson Tide’s offense has scored 35 or more points for 24 consecutive games, a major college record. 

Sarkisian, a former head coach at Washington and USC, joined Alabama’s staff as an offensive analyst in September 2016. He replaced Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator for the BCS championship game following that season, then took the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator job, serving two seasons before returning to Alabama as offensive coordinator in January 2019. He served as interim head coach for this year’s Alabama-Auburn game while Saban was quarantined over COVID-19.

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