Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
Almost no one does more Louisiana Tech football than Joe Sloan. Sloan, who has been with the program nine years in various role, currently serves as the offense coordinator and quarterbacks coach. On top of those duties, Sloan has spearheaded recruiting efforts for the Bulldogs over his nine years in Ruston, and boasted the number one recruiting class (2020) in Conference USA and the No. 4 ranked class among G5 programs according to Rivals.Sloan has shown a steadfast commitment to the LA Tech football program, the student-athletes, the university and the community. He has helped build a successful program that made seven straight bowl games, including a stretch of six-straight bowl victories. He has also helped build a standard of success on the student-athlete level as LA Tech has the second most all-conference selections (first or second team) in Conference USA since 2013 with 57. The Bulldogs lead C-USA in NFL Draft picks since joining the conference in 2013 with 13 selections.
Coach's Past Performance
During his time in Ruston, Sloan has overseen the development of some of the program’s top offensive threats. Since 2013, 31 Bulldogs on the offensive side of the ball have earned all-conference superlative or team awards in one of the league’s most potent offenses, including Luke Anthony (2020 C-USA Newcomer of the Year),J’Mar Smith (2019 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year), Teddy Veal (2017 C-USA Newcomer of the Year) and Carlos Henderson (2016 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year).He also coached wide receiver Trent Taylor who from 2013-16 racked up the second-most receiving yards in program history (4,179) and under Sloan’s guidance, finished his career with the most career receptions by a Bulldog (327).Sloan has been a part of Louisiana Tech’s seven straight bowl appearances, including a streak ofsix winning seasons and sixbowl victories (2014-19).In 2019, LA Tech produced a 10-win season which marked the first time since 1984 that the program recorded double-digit victories. The 10th win came in the 2019 Walk On’s Independence Bowl as the Bulldogs shut out the Miami Hurricanes, 14-0, in Shreveport.It was the first shutout in Independence Bowl history and the only shutout of the 2019 bowl season.
Team Record and Standings
2-7, 1-4 C-USA, Sixth in Conference USA West Division
The quarterback unit, as well as two wide receivers who have completed a pass this season, has a pass rating of 135.48 after 196 completions on 321 attempts for 2,414 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 268.22 passing yards per game… The 268.2 yards of passing offense ranks 30th in the FBS… In the run game, LA Tech has registered 299 carries for 1,007 net yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 111.89 rushing yards per game… Fifteen different Bulldogs have caught a pass this season, led by sophomore wide receiver Smoke Harris with 53 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns… There have been 620 total plays of offense for 3,421 total yards and 30 touchdowns, averaging 380.1 yards per game…
Individual Player Stats
Helped recruit graduate quarterback Austin Kendall out of “retirement” as Kendall actually had a career doing medical sales in Dallas after not finding the right school in the transfer program… Kendall has played and started in seven games where he is 148-of-243 for 1,874 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 267.71 passing yards per game… Kendall is second on the team in rushing with 157 net rushing yards and three rushing TDs… Kendall ranks 20th in the FBS in total offense (290.1), 20th in passing yards per game (267.7) and 21st in completions per game with 21.14… Sloan has coached true (COVID) freshman JD Head to 28 completions on 52 attempts and no interceptions for 289 yards and three TDs, averaging 96.33 passing yards per game… Head has registered one rushing touchdown this season… Sophomore QB Aaron Allen has completed 18-of-24 passes for 196 total yards.