Appalachian State defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Bryan Brown is one of 53 nominees for the 2018 Broyles Award, which honors college football's top assistant coaches.
The nominees in this year's class were selected from approximately 1,500 assistant coaches representing 130 FBS programs across the country.
Brown, 35, is in his first year as defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers, who have allowed single-digit points in five of their last seven games and rank 12th nationally by allowing 16.9 points per game with their 3-4 scheme. Taking away an overtime touchdown by Penn State and an interception return for a touchdown by Coastal Carolina, App State's defense is allowing just 15.1 points every four quarters.
Additionally, Appalachian ranks among the FBS leaders in defensive three-and-outs per game (No. 2 at 5.88), first downs allowed (No. 2 at 125), passing yards allowed per game (No. 5 at 157.3), defensive yards per play (No. 6 at 4.31), defensive yards per pass attempt (No. 8 at 5.6), total yards allowed per game (No. 9 at 285.1) and defensive third-down conversions (No. 12 at 30.3 percent).
Brown is in his seventh year as the coach of App State's cornerbacks, who recorded an FBS-leading 30 interceptions from 2015-17. The program's "Legion of Boone" secondary has contributed to 64 interceptions since the 2015 season began, a total that ranks fifth in the country.
A 19-member selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, along with a committee representing the FWAA, will select 15 semifinalists, five finalists and one winner from the list of nominees.