Fresno State's Toth Nominated for 2012 Broyles Award

Nov. 23, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Fresno State defensive coordinator Nick Toth is one of 29 assistant football coaches from across the country that has been nominated for the 2012 Broyles Award.

The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

Toth has led one of the biggest defensive turnarounds in the country in his first season as Fresno State's defensive coordinator. Last season, the Bulldogs tied for last nationally with nine turnovers gained. In one season under Toth's system, the Bulldogs currently have 30 take-aways and are tied for fourth nationally in turnovers gained.

Fresno State has become the first FBS team this century to have under nine take-aways the previous season and 30 or more one year later. The Bulldogs are giving up 12.3 fewer points per game on defense and 99 fewer yards under Toth's direction.

Fresno State's six pick-sixes have set new school and Mountain West records and senior safety Phillip Thomas, who leads the nation with eight interceptions, is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in Toth's 3-4 scheme.

The five finalists for the 2012 Broyles Award will be announced on Monday, Nov. 26. The 2012 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m. CT at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark.

The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The winner of the 2011 Broyles Award was John Chavis of Louisiana State University.