Tony Gibson

NC State

Defensive Coordinator/LBs

Conference: ACC

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?

In the past three years under Tony Gibson, the Wolfpack has earned a national reputation – with the numbers to match – as a ferocious, tenacious force. The defense carried the Wolfpack earlier this season when the offense struggled (did not score a touchdown in seven quarters). 

Coach's Past Performance
 Has coached 27 all-conference players, five All-Americans and 22 players who have gone on to the professional ranks; The 2021 NC State defense ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense (19.7 points), third in total defense (331.6 yards), third in rushing defense (124.0 yards),  second in passing efficiency  defense (111.1) and third in passing yard allowed (207.6 yards); The Pack led the ACC with 15 interceptions during the 2021 regular season and finished with the top mark in the ACC in interceptions per game. That mark ranked 14th nationally (sixth during the regular season); 10 different NC State players picked off a pass in 2021; LB Drake Thomas was a 2021 first-team All-ACC selection and ranked fourth in the ACC with 99 tackles. Safety Tanner Ingle and DT Cory Durden were also first-team All-ACC performers; Linebacker Payton Wilson was a first-team All-ACC performer in 2020.

Team Record and Standings
NC State posts a 7-2 record, ranks 17th in the CFP rankings. 
Team/Unit Stats
The Wolfpack leads the ACC and ranks among the national leaders in almost every defensive category and has held every opponent to a lower point total than their season average heading into the game with the Wolfpack. The Pack leads the ACC in third down conversion defense (20th in FBS), interceptions (3rd in FBS), rushing defense (10th in FBS), scoring defense (13th), passing efficiency defense (12th).  The Wolfpack boasts one of the most talented LB corps in the country. The trio of Isaiah Moore, Drake Thomas and Payton WIlson has combined for 156 games, 807 tackles, 95.5 tackles for loss and 32 sacks. 
Individual Player Stats
The Wolfpack boasts one of the most talented LB corps in the country. The trio of Isaiah Moore, Drake Thomas and Payton WIlson has combined for 156 games, 807 tackles, 95.5 tackles for loss and 32 sacks; CB Aydan White leads the ACC and ranks ninth in the FBS in interceptions per game (four for the season heading into 11/12 game).