The man behind LSU's transformation from unwatchable dreck to aerial circus on offense might win college football's highest individual honor for assistant coaches.
Joe Brady, who has been instrumental in refurbishing the LSU offense and helping Ed Orgeron's Tigers win the SEC West, was named as one of the five candidates for the Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in college football. Brady is the only offensive coach of the five nominees.
Brady, still just 30 years old, has served as LSU's passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2019 after coming over from the New Orleans Saints during the offseason. Under his watch, LSU went from a power-running team that only allowed Joe Burrow to throw 15-20 times a game into arguably the most exhilarating aerial show in the country.
While LSU is known as "DBU," they've taken on a different persona in 2019 and have emerged as an offensive powerhouse, largely thanks to the creativity and coaching ability of Brady. Burrow, a former afterthought for the NFL, has elevated his status to that of a surefire first-round pick, and very possible No. 1 overall selection.
Brady will undoubtedly get a huge raise in Baton Rouge this offseason, and the job that he's done in Year 1 is nothing short of remarkable.