Nov. 28, 2011
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison of the University of Michigan football team has been named one of five finalists for the 2011 Broyles Award, which recognizes the nation's top assistant coach, The Rotary Club of Little Rock announced on Monday (Nov. 28).
Joining Mattison as finalists are: John Chavis, Defensive Coordinator, LSU; Paul Chryst, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Wisconsin; Garrick McGee, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Arkansas; and Sal Sunseri, Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers, Alabama.
In his first year back with the Wolverines, Mattison helped the Maize and Blue defense allow 17.2 points per game in 2011 and rank ninth in the country for scoring defense. U-M allowed an average of 7.25 points in second halves and stands 16th nationally in total defense, yielding 317.58 yards per game while forcing 27 turnovers (19 fumbles, 8 interceptions), which are tied for 16th nationally.
In 2010, U-M's defense allowed 35.23 points per game, which ranked 108th nationally, allowed 450.77 yards per game (110th) and forced just 19 turnovers (tied-77th).
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Mattison spent the 2008-10 seasons with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, serving as the defensive coordinator for the latter two years. From 1992-96, he coached Michigan's defensive line and was the team's defensive coordinator from 1995-96. In between, Mattison spent eight seasons (1997-2004) at Notre Dame as the co-defensive coordinator and three as defensive line coach for the University of Florida (2005-07).
The 2011 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The winner of the 2010 Broyles Award was Gus Malzahn of Auburn University. For more information, visit www.BroylesAward.com or www.Facebook.com/BroylesAward.
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