LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – [i]The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation announced the nominees for the 2017 Broyles Award, which honors college football's top assistant coaches. Of this year's 56 nominees, Fresno State's defensive coordinator Orlondo Steinauer was among that group, announced Wednesday.
En route to the nation's best win improvement (+5) and Fresno State earning its first bowl berth since 2014, the defense that head coach Jeff Tedford and Steinauer brought to the Valley has been instrumental to this season's success. The Bulldogs rank first in the Mountain West in scoring defense, are third in rushing defense and third in total defense.
Under the new regime, Fresno State has claimed the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honor three times over the last four weeks. Until Oct. 9, it had been since Nov. 10, 2014 since Fresno State had a student-athlete named a Mountain West Player of the Week for either offense, defense or special teams.
Sophomore middle linebacker Jeffrey Allison in enjoying great success in Steinauer's defense, earning two of the three MW of the Week awards over the last three weeks. He leads the team with 80 tackles, 14 of them coming last week in a 20-13 win over BYU.[/i]