Florida Gators associate head coach and defensive coordinator Charlie Strong has been named as a nominee for the 2009 Broyles Award. One of five finalists, Strong is a 26-year college coaching veteran who has continues to produce a dominating defense for the Gators year-in and year-out. Given annually to the best assistant coach in college football, the Broyles Award will be presented on Dec. 8 in Little Rock, AR.
“It would be a challenge to find someone more respected and well-liked in the college football world than Charlie Strong,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s passionate and hard working, but he takes the job of molding men very seriously. Charlie is the type of man who can walk into any situation and be well-liked, well-received and represent the University of Florida to the highest degree.”
Going into the voting, Florida’s defense under Strong is No. 1 in scoring defense (9.8 points) and pass defense (139.3 yards); No. 2 in pass efficiency (86.1 percent), total defense (229.8 yards) and third down percentage (26.8 percent); and No. 3 in yards allowed per play (3.90). The Gators have only given up 10 touchdowns (including two interception returns) in 2009, two less than any other team in the nation, and held opponents to six red zone touchdowns, the fewest in the nation.