Nov 28, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, acting as head coach during head coach Nick Saban's COVID-19 quarantine, takes the field with the team for warmups at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Iron Bowl against Auburn. Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports

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Alabama’s Sarkisian wins Broyles Award as top assistant

Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkasian was named the winner of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach on Monday.

He was selected from a field of five finalists. The other four were Jeff Grimes, BYU’s offensive coordinator; Marcus Freeman, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Cincinnati; Mike Hankwitz, defensive coordinator at Northwestern; and Kane Wommack, nominated for his work as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Indiana.

Wommack was named head coach at South Alabama two weeks ago.

Sarkisian, previously the head coach at Washington and Southern California, is in the second season of his second stint on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama. He also coaches the quarterbacks.

The Crimson Tide are averaging 49.7 points and 543.9 yards per game in 2020 — both tops in the nation. They have scored at least 35 or more points in a record 24 straight games.

Sarkasian filled in as head coach for Alabama on Nov. 28 against Auburn — a 42-13 win — when Saban was sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test.

The Broyles Award has been presented annually since 1996. It is named for Frank Broyles, who coached at Missouri and Arkansas. He died in 2017.

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