Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
As the BYU passing-game coordinator in 2020 and the new offensive coordinator in 2021, the Cougars are 19-3 with Aaron Roderick calling the offensive plays. BYU finished the 2020 season ranked No. 11 in the final polls. Through 10 games in 2021, the Cougars are 8-2 and ranked No. 14 in the College Football Playoff rankings, 14 in the AP and 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. BYU is currently 5-1 versus Power Five opponents this season.After losing three offensive underclassmen to the 2021 NFL Draft, including quarterback Zach Wilson who was the No. 2 overall pick and wide receiver Dax Milne who finished 2020 ranked No. 4 nationally in receiving yards (1,188), Roderick retooled the offense built around sophomores Jaren Hall at quarterback and Tyler Allgeier at running back.Behind an offensive line that was recently named to the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll, Roderick has the BYU offense among the nation leaders again in 2021. In what many considered would be a rebuilding year, the Cougars are currently 10th in the nation in total yards (4,513), 12th in touchdowns (43) and first downs (233), 13th in yards per play (6.8) and third down conversion percentage (.479).
Coach's Past Performance
Roderick is in his 22nd season of coaching, including six years as offensive coordinator and five as passing game coordinator. While serving as BYU passing game coordinator (2018-20), Roderick played a key role in building an offense that went from being ranked 118th in total offense (325.2) and 123rd in scoring offense (17.1) in 2017, to No. 3 in scoring (43.5) and No. 6 in total offense (522.2) just three seasons later. Under Roderick’s tutelage in 2020, quarterback Zach Wilson passed for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns while posting a 196.4 passing efficiency. Wilson ranked in the top 10 nationally in 11 offensive categories. All-American wide receiver Dax Milne finished the year ranked No. 4 nationally in receiving yards (1,188) and No. 7 in catches (70), while running back Tyler Allgeier was No. 8 in rushing yards (1,130) and No. 4 in yards per carry (7.53). BYU finished the 2020 season at 11-1 and No. 11 in the final rankings. The Cougars were No. 3 in scoring offense (43.5 ppg), No. 6 in total offense (522.2 ypg) and No. 8 in passing offense (332.1 ppg) while ranking in the top 15 in 10 different statistical categories overall.
Team Record and Standings
Through 10 games in 2021, the Cougars are 8-2 and ranked No. 14 in the second College Football Playoff Poll, 14 in the AP Poll and 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. BYU has played one of the toughest schedules in school history with seven P5 schools on the docket in 2021. The Cougars are currently 5-1 against Power Five teams with wins over nationally ranked Utah and Arizona State as well as Virginia, Washington State and Arizona. BYU’s two losses of the year came at No. 13 Baylor and versus Boise State. The Cougars will take on USC of the Pac-12 in the final game of the 2021 regular season.
The BYU offense is 11th in the nation in total offensive yards (4,525), 13th in first downs (233), and 14th in touchdowns (44). The Cougars are also 13th in yards per play (6.77) and third down conversion percentage (.479) and are 14th in passing efficiency (160.7). BYU is balanced averaging 256 yards through the air and 186.3 on the ground.
Individual Player Stats
Through 10 games in 2021, sophomore running back Tyler Allgeier leads the nation in rushing touchdowns (17) and is second in scoring (102). He is fourth in rushing yards (1,162) and total carries (203) and ninth in rushing yards per game (116.2). He was named the Capital One Orange Bowl player of the week Nov. 3 and has been theCollege Sports MadnessIndependent Player of the Week three times. Allgeier is on the 2021 watch list for the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award, Paul Hornung Award and the CFPA National Performer of the Year. Despite missing two games due to injury, sophomore quarterback Jaren Hall is ranked in the top 30 nationally in total offense yards per game (282), passing touchdowns (16), points responsible for per game (14.5) and passing yards per game (249). He has been named College Sports Madness Independent Player of the Week twice in 2021. All-American center James Empey is a team captain and leader of a BYU offensive line that was named to the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll. Empey is a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, NFF William V. Campbell Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and Jason Witten Man of the Year Award.