Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
Under Chinander’s direction the Nebraska defense has been one of the Big Ten’s top units against a schedule that has featured four games against teams currently ranked in the top eight in the nation. Widely respected by all players on the team and provides great leadership, energy and direction for the defensive unit.
Coach's Past Performance
Fourth season as defensive coordinator at Nebraska, and his sixth season as a defensive coordinator at the FBS level.Previous Broyles Award nominee in 2016. Led an impressive defensive turnaround in his time at UCF, helping the Knights improve by 65 spots in the national rankings in total defense and forcing 58 turnovers in just two seasons.Part of Oregon coaching staff that helped the Ducks to the 2014 national championship game.
Team Record and Standings
Nebraska defense has been the heart of the team in 2021. A few highlights include* Against No. 7 Michigan State, the defense did not allow a first down and just 15 yards of total offense following halftime* Nebraska limited Oklahoma to 23, ending a streak of 65 straight games in which Oklahoma had scored at least 27 points. Nebraska held Oklahoma to seven first-half points, the first time since 2012 OU had been held to single digits in the first half.* Nebraska held Fordham (7) and Buffalo (3) to single digits in back-to-back games, the first time Nebraska has done that since 2010.* Nebraska has allowed just seven first-quarter points in six home games this season.* Nebraska has allowed just three plays of more than 50 yards this season.
Individual Player Stats
JoJo Domann–Versatile nickel back for Nebraska who has 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and two PBU
Luke Reimer–Sophomore linebacker ranks third in the Big Ten in tackles per game with 9.6 stops per contest, including five double-figure tackle games
Cam Taylor-Britt–Cornerback wh leads the team with nine pass breakups, while adding 42 tackles
Deontai Williams–Senior safety ranks in the top 10 nationally with four interceptions
Garrett Nelson–Sophomore defensive end is one of Nebraska’s most improved players and ranks among the BIg Ten leaders with 10.5 tackles for loss