UT offensive coordinator Brian Wright has been named a nominee for the 2017 Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant football coach in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
A total of 56 nominees were chosen from among more than 1,500 assistant coaches on 129 Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
An 18-member selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, along with a committee representing the Football Writers Association of America, will select 15 semifinalists and five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner. Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Ark., where the 2017 Broyles Award winner will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Marriott Hotel.
Wright is in his second year as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Toledo and his 23rd season overall in the college football coaching ranks. This season he is guiding an 8-2 Rocket team whose offense ranks first in the Mid-American Conference in total offense and passing offense. Toledo senior quarterback Logan Woodside leads the MAC in passing yards and total offense.
In 2016, Wright guided one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, helping the Rockets attain a 9-4 record and a berth in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. Toledo shattered school records for total offense (517.8 yards per game) and passing offense (322.8 yards per game).
Under Wright’s guidance, junior first-team All-MAC quarterback Logan Woodside led the nation with 45 touchdown passes, breaking the UT record of 29 reached twice by all-time Rocket great Bruce Gradkowski in 2003 and 2005. Woodside was the first Rocket QB to ever crack the 4,000-yard passing mark in a season, finishing with 4,129 yards. Woodside was second nationally in passing efficiency (183.3) and was named a contender for the 2016 Heisman Trophy by the Heisman Trophy Trust.