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UAB defensive backs coach Blake Shrader, Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding and Troy defensive coordinator Shiel Wood were among the 51 FBS assistant coaches included on the 2022 Broyles Award nominees.

The Broyles Award is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football. The winner will be announced at a luncheon in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 6.

Shrader, who also serves as passing game coordinator, directs a secondary that played a big role in the Blazers being 11th in the country in team pass efficiency defense and 18th in passing yards allowed. Golding coordinates an Alabama defense that is 16th in the country in total defense. Wood’s defense at Troy is tied for ninth in scoring defense and 25th in total defense.  

Other Broyles Award nominees with Alabama ties include Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes, Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, Georgia Southern offensive coordinator Bryan Ellis, SMU offensive coordinator Casey Woods, UCF defensive coordinator Travis Williams and Western Kentucky defensive coordinator Tyson Summers.

Grimes is a former offensive line coach at Auburn and Dillingham was the Tigers' offensive coordinator in 2019. Williams played and coached at Auburn. Ellis played quarterback at UAB and was a graduate assistant at the school. Woods and Summers are former UAB coaches.

In other NCAA football award news, Troy linebacker Carlton Martial is once again a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the top former walk-on player in the country. Martial, who became the NCAA Division I leader in career tackles this season, is joined on the finalist list by Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett and Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell.

The three schools from within the state — Alabama, UAB and South Alabama — included on the watch list for the Joe Moore Award were not part of the semifinalist list of nine. The Joe Moore Award is given to the top offensive line in the country.

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