Fresno State defensive coordinator Nick Toth is one of 29 nominees for the 2012 Broyles Award, named for former Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles and honoring the top assistant football coach in the country.
With the Bulldogs, Toth has led one of the biggest defensive turnarounds in the bowl subdivision. Last season, Fresno State tied for 119th and last place with nine turnovers gained. Going into a game on Saturday against the Air Force, the Bulldogs have 30 takeaways and are tied for fourth in turnovers gained.
Fresno State also has become the first FBS team since 2001 to have nine takeaways or fewer in one season and 30 or more one year later. The Bulldogs also are giving up 12.3 fewer points per game on defense and 99 fewer yards.
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.