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Charles Huff a Nominee for Prestigious Broyles Award

by Carolyn Binder

Courtesy of WMU Athletics/Mat Kanan 

LITTLE ROCK, AR (WKZO) -- WMU running backs coach Charles Huff is one of 40 assistant coaches named a nominee for the 2013 Broyles Award.

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. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

The Broyles Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.

Huff, the Broncos' first-year running backs coach, is one of only two nominees who is not a coordinator or assistant head coach.  He is also one of only two nominees from the Mid-American Conference.

The run game under Huff's tutelage accounted for 43.5 percent of the team's total touchdowns in 2013 as well as 35.5 percent of the Broncos' total yards this season.

Huff's experience spans all levels of football, including the National Football League.  He spent the 2012 season as the assistant running backs coach with the Buffalo Bills.  Prior to coaching in the NFL, Huff was the assistant special teams coordinator and assistant running backs coach at Vanderbilt, helping the Commodores to their first winning season in six years in 2011 and a spot in the Liberty Bowl. He helped Vandy land its first ever Top 25 recruiting class.

The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The Broyles Award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award was Bob Diaco of Notre Dame, a member of the WMU coaching staff in 2004.