Mike Locksley has been honored as the nation’s top assistant. Now, the question becomes whether he’ll remain one.
Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the Alabama offensive coordinator has been named as the 2018 winner of the 23rd annual Broyles Award, handed out annually to college football’s best assistant coach. Locksley came out on top of a field of finalists that included Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott and Mississippi State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.
Locksley is in his third season with the Crimson Tide, and his first as the sole coordinator on that side of the ball. The football program wrote in a release that “Locksley is overseeing a Crimson Tide attack that is averaging 47.9 points and 527.6 yards per game in 2018. The Tide has already set school records for points scored (623), total offense (6,859), offensive touchdowns (77) and passing yards (4,231) in a season.”
Locksley, who is the second Tide assistant to win the Broyles Award (defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, 2009), has been mentioned as the leading candidate, along with Michigan’s Pep Hamilton, to take over as the head coach at Maryland.