Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, whose defense is ranked in the top five in the FBS in four major categories, was named a nominee for the 2014 Broyles Award on Wednesday. The award honors the top assistant coach in college football each year.
"The Mad Scientist" is in his second year as the Badgers' defensive coordinator, as he brought his 3-4 defense over with head coach Gary Andersen from Utah State. Wisconsin's defense is No. 2 in total defense (259.3 yards per game), No. 5 in rushing defense (97.1), No. 3 in passing defense (162.2) and No. 3 in scoring defense (16.1 points per game).
The Broyles Award winner will be announced Dec. 9 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Rotary Club of Little Rock and Delta Dental will present the award. Last year, another Big Ten conference defensive coordinator, Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi, was the winner.