CCU defensive coordinator Chad Staggs tabbed a Broyles Award semifinalist

CCU defensive coordinator Chad Staggs tabbed a Broyles Award semifinalist
CCU defensive coordinator Chad Staggs (Source: Gabe McDonald)

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Coastal Carolina defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chad Staggs was named a 2020 Broyles Award semi-finalist, the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The award honors college football’s top assistant coaches.

In his second year at CCU, Staggs’ defense ranks in the top 40 nationally in 12 statistical categories including second in turnovers forced (22), third in interceptions (14), 16th in scoring defense (18.7 ppg), 18th in fumbles recovered (8), 19th in sacks per game (3.00), 20th in fourth-down conversion percentage defense (40.0 percent), 25th in passing efficiency defense (118.31), 28th in total defense (340.7 ypg), 31st in passing yards allowed (202.8 ypg), 36th in defensive touchdowns (1), and 39th in both rushing yards allowed (137.9 ypg) and third-down conversion percentage defense (37.4 percent).

Staggs’ defense this season has had a player earn Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week recognition six times, while four Chants in Tarron Jackson (8.5 sacks), C.J. Brewer (6.5), Jeffrey Gunter (6.5), and Silas Kelly (4.5) all rank in the top 10 in the conference in sacks.

Cornerback D’Jordan Strong leads the nation in interceptions with five, as 11 different Chants have picked up at least one turnover for the CCU defense this season.

A selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, broadcasters, and a committee representing the FWAA narrowed the list of nominees to 15 semi-finalists. Five finalists will be selected from the list of semi-finalists then an overall winner.

The winner of the 2019 Broyles Award was Joe Brady, passing game coordinator at LSU. Previous winners are not eligible to be nominated for the Broyles Award until the completion of three seasons.

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