After a sensational 2021 season, the Hawkeyes’ defense is even better in 2022. So national flowers are in store for Iowa defensive coordinator and secondary coach Phil Parker.
Parker was named a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, which honors the best assistant coach in college football.
It makes perfect sense why he’s one of the top names for the award. Iowa only allows 4.01 yards per game, which is the highest in the country. The Hawkeyes also rank in the top 10 nationally in several other prominent defensive categories. The Hawkeyes have four defensive touchdowns in the season that ranks third nationally. That number should be five after Jack Campbell was robbed last week, but that’s beside the point.
Iowa ranks No. 5 in goal defense, giving up just 13.5 points per game. The Hawkeyes also rank #6 nationally in both pass defense (164.4 yards per game) and total defense (273.3 yards per game).
Iowa also ranks 17th nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 108.9 yards per game. The Hawkeyes have forced 20 turnovers, which ranks 23rd nationally. Of those 20 turnovers, Iowa’s 13 interceptions currently rank 15th.
Iowa has held eight opponents to 10 points or fewer, the best for an Iowa defense since 1929. Five opponents have gained less than 200 yards in total offense and seven have gained less than 100 rushing yards. Ten of 11 opponents failed to meet their season scoring averages, and all 11 failed to meet their overall offensive season averages.
The Hawkeyes have given up just 14 defensive touchdowns (four rushing scores and 10 passing touchdowns) all season. There is star power in Parker’s defense, as evidenced most recently by linebacker Jack Campbell, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
Parker joins the following assistants as one of 15 semifinalists for the Broyles Award: Florida State offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Alex Atkins; Penn State defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Manny Diaz; Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham; Tennessee offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Alex Golesh; Washington offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Grubb; LSU defense coordinator Matt House; Jim Knowles, Ohio State defensive end and linebacker coach; Pete Lembo, South Carolina assistant head coach and special teams coordinator; Phil Longo, North Carolina offensive coordinator and quarterback coach; Michigan defense coordinator Jesse Minter; Georgia offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd Monken; USC Defense Coach Shaun Nua; TCU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley; and Illinois defense coordinator Ryan Walters.
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