Foster Named a Broyles Award Finalist
Tech's defensive coordinator one of six up for the award
November 30, 2005

LITTLE ROCK Ark. - Three of the nation's top offensive minds and three of the top defensive minds, all of whom are bowl bound and some of whom still play a role in the national title scene, make up the finalists for the prestigious Broyles Award, which for the 10th year will be presented to the nation's top assistant football coach. The 2005 Finalists Oregon offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gary Crowton; Texas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Greg Davis; Virginia Tech defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Bud Foster; Alabama defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and linebackers coach Joe Kines; Iowa defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Norm Parker; and UCLA quarterbacks coach Jim Svoboda were all named finalists on Wednesday for the prominent award.

The winner of the 2005 Broyles Award, presented by the Downtown Rotary Club, will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock.

Foster, 46, is a Broyles Award finalist for the third time. He also was a finalist in 1999 and 2001. The Hokies, who will play an old out-of-state rival, Florida State, for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, rank first nationally in total defense (236.7 yards per game), scoring defense (10.6 points per game) and passing defense (142.1 yards per game). The Coastal Division champions also rank No. 9 nationally in rushing defense (94.5 yards per game), have posted two shutouts this season and have held six opponents to 10 points or fewer. Foster's unit is first in the ACC in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, rushing defense and second in pass efficiency defense. And the Hokies' defense has been a pretty good offense. Tech has scored six touchdowns on returns (4 interceptions, 1 fumble return, 1 blocked field goal return). The 144 first downs allowed by Tech's defense are the fewest by an ACC team. Senior defensive back Jimmy Williams is a finalist for the Thorpe and Nagurski Awards, given to the nation's top defensive back and national defensive player of the year, respectively, and is a first-team All-ACC selection along with defensive lineman Darryl Tapp. Defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis and linebacker Vince Hall earned second-team All-ACC honors.