College football's awards season is in full swing, and the coaches got into the act Tuesday and Wednesday when two of the coaches responsible for two of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season were recognized.
The Broyles Award announced Tuesday that Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi had won the 2013 honor, given to the FBS's top assistant coach. Narduzzi won the award over finalists Rhett Lashlee (Auburn offensive coordinator), Phillip Montgomery (Baylor, offensive coordinator), Kurt Roper (Duke OC/quarterbacks coach) and Jeremy Pruitt (Florida State defensive coordinator).
Narduzzi's Spartan defense took itself to another level in 2013, finishing No. 1 in the FBS in total defense, No. 1 in yards allowed per-play, and fourth in scoring defense.
Gus Malzahn knows a thing or two about the Broyles Award, having won it during Auburn's 2010 national championship season. But in 2013, Malzahn has been named the Home Depot Coach of the Year, an award decided on by ABC and ESPN analysts since 1994.
Malzahn took the Tigers from 0-8 in the SEC in 2012 to conference champions this season, and per the AP would set a record for the biggest turnaround in FBS history with a win against Florida State in the national title game.
The Home Depot award is one of many "Coach of the Year" honors, and may not be the last one Malzahn receives for his work this year. David Cutcliffe of Duke has already won the Walter Camp Coach of the Year honor.