Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
Coach Toler is arguably one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the nation. The University of California alum and former Golden Bear receiver come from a Cal family that has an incredible allegiance to their alma mater, and now Toler has returned to coach in the program he has always wanted. After he retired as a professional football player in 2013, Toler started his career in the coaching field at Cal as aspecial teams quality control assistant while also working with the team’s running backs (2014) and wide receivers (2015). He landed his first full-time job as an assistant coach with the wide receivers working for former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford at Fresno State in 2016 and coached at UC Davis for one season in 2017) before returningto Cal in a full-time role as the team’s running backs coach in 2018 and becoming the wide receivers coach in 2019.
Coach's Past Performance
Toler’s first three-year stint with Cal ended in 2015 with a victory in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.In 2016, he helped three Fresno State wideouts to at least 45 catches and 630 yards receiving each. One of three wide receivers was KeeSean Johnson, who woud later go on to become Fresno State’s all-time leader in both receptions and yards receiving before moving on to the NFL, where he is currently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad after having combined for 36 receptions, 360 yards receiving and one touchdown catch over two seasons with Arizona in 2019 and 2020.Toler also coached Keelan Doss at UC Davis in 2017 when he led all FCS and FBS schools in receptions (115), per-game receptions (10.5 rpg) and yards receiving (136.3 ypg), while his 1,499 total yards receiving led all FCS receivers. Doss earned consensus first-team All-America and Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors while being a finalist for the Walter Payton Award given annually to the nation’s top FCS player.
Team Record and Standings
Cal is 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-12, which currently has the Golden Bears in fifth place in the Pac-12 North.
Cal’s passing offense ranks third in the Pac-12 (230.3 ypg).
Individual Player Stats
Cal has spread out the ball equally among four receivers with Kekoa Crawford, Nikko Remigio, Trevon Clark and Jeremiah Hunter each over 20 receptions for a combined total of 103 and 57% of the team’s total of 182. Hunter (21-388, 18.5) ranks second in the Pac-12 in yards per reception, while Clark (26-649, 18.0) is third and Crawford ninth (28-408, 14.6). The receivers have also helped quarterback Chase Garbers rank second in the Pac-12 with an average of 247.4 passing yards per game.