AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award on Monday.
It came as no surprise to Gus Malzahn, himself a winner of the award — which is annually given to the top assistant coach in college — back in 2010.
"I (have) got a lot of trust in him," Auburn’s head coach said Sunday. "He knows this offense inside and out. He really allows me to be the head coach and the head coaching duties that go with a job like this. He does a great job. He's got very good relationships with our players."
No relationship has been more important than the one Lashlee has developed with quarterback Nick Marshall. Thanks to Lashlee, Malzahn said, Marshall’s transition from the junior college level has been a smooth one.
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"You're talking about a quarterback that didn't go through spring," Malzahn said. "What Nick Marshall has been able to do, he's gotten better each week. Boy, he can really run. He's got a good arm. Rhett has done a great job of coaching him."
Aside from Lashlee, the other four finalists for the award are Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
The winner will be announced Dec. 10 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark.