LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Iowa State offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tom Manning is one of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, announced Wednesday by the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation.
The Broyles Award is given annually to the nation’s best assistant coach and Manning was chosen from almost 1,500 assistant coaches representing over 128 Division I college football programs.
Manning’s work as the leader of Iowa State’s offense and front-five has been staggering. Inheriting an offensive line with one career team start, Manning has molded a unit that stacks up as one of the best in school history.
An offensive line which consists of three walk-ons and a redshirt freshman has helped produce outstanding numbers under Manning’s guidance, as the Cyclones are averaging 33.8 points and 443.1 yards of total offense in their last eight games. ISU has also been balanced this season, averaging 262.1 yards passing and 181.0 yards rushing during that same time frame.
The Cyclones are currently averaging 30.8 points and 424.6 yards of total offense against conference competition, totals which are both on pace to break school records since the Big 12 was formed in 1996.
Manning has also successfully implemented a dual-quarterback system where both signal-callers have thrived. Jacob Park has completed over 60 percent of his passes and thrown for 1,420 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Joel Lanning has thrown for 1,290 yards, rushed for 518 yards and leads the team in rushing touchdowns with 11. The duo have combined to produce two of ISU’s top-three quarterback efficiency games in school history (Texas Tech, 235.56; San Jose State, 224.29).
On the ground, the Cyclones boast three players who have amassed over 420 yards on the season in Lanning, Mike Warren and David Montgomery. All three have recorded a 100-yard rushing game during the season, and Montgomery is one of the best freshman backs in school history, rushing for a career-high 169 yards vs. Kansas, the fifth-best effort by a Cyclone rookie in school history.
Perhaps ISU’s offensive improvement under Manning came full circle last week vs. Texas Tech when the Cyclones set numerous school records. In the convincing 66-10 victory, ISU set school marks for most points vs. a league opponent (66), margin of victory vs. a league opponent (56) and points in a quarter (31 in the second quarter).
Iowa State currently ranks 11th nationally in red zone offense (92.1 pct.) and 14th in the nation in turnovers lost (12), the fewest total through 11 games in school history.
The Broyles Award 18-man committee will select five finalists from the list of nominees and those finalists will be invited to the Broyles Award banquet on Dec. 6th where a winner will be announced.