Clayton White named a Broyles Award Nominee

WKU defensive coordinator Clayton White named Broyles Award nominee for the third time in four...
WKU defensive coordinator Clayton White named Broyles Award nominee for the third time in four years.(WKU Athletics)
Published: Dec. 8, 2020 at 4:27 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -Western Kentucky Football defensive coordinator Clayton White has been named one of 56 nominees for the Broyles Award. This is the third time in White’s four seasons with the Tops he’s been listed as a nominee (2020, 2019, and 2017).

The Broyles Award recognizes the top assistant coach out of about 1,270 in 127 FBS programs across the country. White is one of 24 defensive coordinators, one of 24 non-Power Five coaches, and one of four coaches from Conference USA. LA Tech outside receivers coach John Allen, Marshall defensive coordinator Brad Lambert and North Texas co-offensive coordinator Mike Bloesch are the remaining C-USA nominees.

The Hilltoppers defense features six different players with 48 total tackles, 14 with at least one tackle for loss, 10 with multiple pass breakups, nine with multiple quarterback hurries, eight with at least one sack, five with an interception, five with at least one forced fumble and four with a fumble recovery.

Defensive end DeAngelo Malone is tied for second in C-USA with 11 tackles for loss and third in sacks. He ranks second in the FBS among defensive linemen with 65 total tackles. Safety Devon Key is tied for first place in the conference with 86 total tackles, which ranks 15th in the FBS. In their careers under White’s defense, Malone (25 sacks) and Key (334 tackles) have put their names at the top of the all-time Hilltopper record books in the program’s FBS Era (since 2009).

White is also the cornerbacks’ coach and has seen that position excel this season. Senior Dionté Ruffin (11 pass breakups), redshirt junior Dominique Bradshaw (10 pass breakups), and senior Roger Cray (nine pass breakups) holding the top three spots in that statistic in C-USA.

Linebackers Kyle Bailey (72 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, and three sacks) and Eli Brown (53 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks) have also put up big numbers, as well as defensive tackles Ricky Barber (48 total tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks) and Jeremy Darvin (28 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks).

Other main contributors for the WKU defense are safety Antwon Kincade (79 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and seven pass breakups), defensive end Juwuan Jones (33 total tackles, five tackles for loss, and two sacks), and nickelback Trae Meadows (28 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and four pass breakups).

Through 11 games this season, the 5-6 Hilltoppers rank among the best in the nation in:

  • Passes defended (66 – leads the FBS)
  • Pass breakups (61 – leads the FBS)
  • Passing defense (170.1 yards per game – sixth)
  • Completion percentage against (52% – seventh)
  • Yards per pass attempt (6.2 – tied for 13th)
  • Passer rating against (113.4 – 14th)
  • Yards per play (4.99 – 21st)
  • Total defense (336.4 yards per game – 24th)
  • First downs allowed (18.6 per game – tied for 27th)
  • Scoring defense (24.1 points per game – tied for 35th)

The Broyles Award created in 1996 and named after Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles. During his hall of fame career, Broyles left a legacy of selecting and developing great assistant coaches.

A 43-member selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, broadcasters, and a committee representing the FWAA will select 15 semi-finalists and five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner for 2020.

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