Texas quarterbacks coach Davis named top assistant
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Vince Young earned plenty of accolades with his dazzling performance during Texas' national championship season.
Now, Young's quarterbacks coach has an award of his own.
Greg Davis received the Broyles Award on Tuesday as the nation's top assistant coach. Davis was also the offensive coordinator for Texas, which scored an NCAA-record 652 points this season.
"I'm very humbled to be the recipient of this award," he said.
The Broyles Award is named for Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles, who coached at Missouri in 1957, then at Arkansas from 1958-76. Broyles developed a reputation for working with good assistants. More than 25 moved on to head coaching jobs. Among them were Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors and Jackie Sherrill.
The award was first presented in 1996. Davis won this season's honor after helping Texas to a 13-0 record. The Longhorns beat Southern California 41-38 in the Rose Bowl for the national title.
Under Davis' guidance, Young became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards (3,036) and rush for 1,000 (1,050) in one season.
"He had a quarterback that could do both, and he designed his offense to capitalize on those abilities that he had better and to a higher degree than I've ever seen done in college football," Broyles said.
Texas now has the last two Broyles Award winners on its staff. Gene Chizik was honored last year after helping Auburn to a 13-0 record. He then left the Tigers to become a co-defensive coordinator for the Longhorns under coach Mack Brown.
"I think he one-upped me this year," Chizik said of Davis. "I'll have to get him next year."
Davis was selected from a group of six finalists. The others were: Oregon offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gary Crowton; Alabama defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and linebackers coach Joe Kines; Iowa defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Norm Parker; UCLA quarterbacks coach Jim Svoboda; and Virginia Tech defensive coordinator, inside linebackers coach and special teams coach Bud Foster.
Davis has been coaching more than 30 years and said he'd like to become a head coach again at some point -- he coached Tulane from 1988-91.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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