ATHENS - Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is being recognized for his unit’s record-setting season.
Bobo was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. The other finalists: Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 4. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis won the award last year.
Georgia has set program records for points (456) and touchdowns (62) this season, with two still to go.
Bobo has been a lightning rod for criticism from Georgia fans, unhappy about what they perceived to be a stodgy offense and predictable play-calling. But outside observers have long had high praise for Bobo, the former Georgia quarterback. Back in September, Bobo said he always shrugged off the criticism.
"As you’re doing your job you really can’t look at the positive stuff or the negative stuff. It can affect you either way," Bobo said. "I just want to do my job to the best of my ability and get ready to play each week. It’s the profession I chose. Nobody made me go into coaching, it’s what I wanted to do. My dad warned me about it. But I still wanted to do it. I love doing it. I love dealing with kids, and I love Saturdays. So it’s fun.”
When Georgia struggled in the 35-7 loss at South Carolina, Bobo took blame for the performance of the offense. "I did a poor job, that's it," he said.
Then a couple weeks ago, when asked if setting the single-season touchdown record made him a genius, Bobo re-directed credit.
"No, I think it's a credit to our players and how they go about their business every week," he said.