Nov. 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was named a nominee for the 2013 Broyles Award, the Rotary Club of Little Rock announced on Wednesday.
The Broyles Award honors the national college football assistant coach of the year.
Despite losing seven starters, including two NFL first round picks, the Seminoles have been one of the country's top defenses under Pruitt, who is in his first year at Florida State.
In 2013, the Seminoles lead the country in interceptions (23), defensive touchdowns (eight), rush touchdowns allowed (four) and pass efficiency defense (90.65), while ranking second in scoring defense (11.4) and passing yards allowed (156.5).
The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark.
Following practice Wednesday, head coach Jimbo Fisher said Pruitt was very deserving of the honor.
"He's very deserving," Fisher said. "He's had a great year. Our defense has had a great year. A huge part of our success is what we are doing on defense. He's very deserving."
The second-ranked Seminoles will practice Thursday afternoon before having a Thanksgiving meal and traveling to Gainesville that night.
FSU will be looking to improve to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 when the Noles and the Gators square off at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).