LSU Offensive Coordinator Mike Denbrock Named Broyles Award Finalist

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels is having a historic season and is in the thick of the Heisman race after leading one of the most prolific offensive seasons in recent memory. A lot of that credit should be given to offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock, who engineered and orchestrated this offense to near perfection.

Because of his efforts, Denbrock has been recognized and selected as a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach in college football. He is joined on the list with Mike Bobo (Georgia), Phil Parker (Iowa), Sherrone Moore (Michigan), and Will Stein (Oregon) as finalists for the award.

The winner of the Broyles Award will be announced next Monday night.

Under Denbrock’s careful eye, the Tigers lead the nation in total offense (547.8) and scoring (46.4). The Tigers have more plays of 20-plus yards (102), 30-plus yards (51) and 40-plus yards (29) than any team in college football. LSU is the only school in the FBS averaging 300 passing yards and 200 rushing yards per game. LSU also ranks in the Top 10 in both categories as the Tigers are No. 4 in passing yards (334.4) per game and No. 7 in rushing yards (213.5) a contest.

Also, Denbrock’s offense produced nine 40-point games this season as well as three of the best players in college football including Daniels, who leads the nation in total yards of offense with 412, which is 75 more yards than the next closest on the list, and Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr., who have combined for 146 catches for 2,625 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Nabers leads the country in receiving yards while Thomas leads the nation in receiving touchdowns. Meanwhile, Daniels became the fifth different quarterback in SEC history to account for 50 touchdowns this season with the other four being Heisman Trophy winners.

The growth and improvement the offense has made in year two has been outstanding and it is because of another year in the system has really allowed everybody to stay on the same page.

“There’s more understanding on the offense as a whole. We were in survival mode offensively last year. Now, we are deeper into the details. Everything gets better with time. Our vet’s recognition level has gotten better, better, and better.”

LSU OC Mike Denbrock on offense’s progression in second fall camp