Utah State special teams coordinator and running backs coach Mark Tommerdahl has been named a nominee for the 2017 Broyles Award, it was announced by the Rotary Club of Little Rock on Wednesday.
Tommerdahl is one of 56 coaches nationwide to be nominated for the award. Among the nominees are three other Mountain West assistant coaches in Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos, Fresno State defensive coordinator Orlando Steinauer and San José State linebackers coach Bojay Filimoeatu.
The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles. Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.
The award will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Under Tommerdahl's direction, Utah State ranks second in the Mountain West and fourth in the nation in kickoff return defense (15.4 ypr), as well as first in the conference and 15th in the nation in punt returns (12.8 ypr). USU also leads the nation with its four blocked punts this season, while its four blocked kicks overall rank third nationally.
Tommerdahl has also coached sophomore placekicker Dominik Eberle to leading the nation in field goal percentage at 93.8 percent, as Eberle is 15-of-16 on field goal attempts this season. Eberle also ranks second in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation in field goals made (1.50 pg), and he is fifth in the conference and 48th in the nation in scoring (8.0 ppg).
Eberle, who is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, leads the team in scoring this year with 80 points, and he set a single-game school record with 19 points scored by a kicker in USU’s 61-10 win at San José State as he was 7-of-7 on extra points and 4-for-4 on field goals (23, 52, 20, 27). Those 19 points are also the second-most in Mountain West history by a kicker.
Utah State is 5-5 on the season and 3-3 in Mountain West play following its 24-10 road win at New Mexico last weekend. USU concludes its home schedule next weekend as it hosts Hawai’i (3-6, 1-5) on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. The game is being televised by Spectrum Sports, and live streaming will be distributed by the Mountain West Network and through the MW’s digital media partner Stadium online.
Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.