Auburn’s special teams coordinator Larry Porter was announced as a nominee for the Broyles Award on Wednesday afternoon, an award given annually to the best assistant coach in college football.
With an emphasis to improve on return coverage, Auburn has allowed 4.6 yards per punt return and 17.4 yards per kick return this season.
Auburn now ranks at No. 20 for punt coverage and No. 14 for kickoff coverage after finishing 2017 near the bottom of both rankings. While improving on coverage, Auburn is also ranked third for net punting at 43.35 net yards with Arryn Siposs taking over the punter position.
Porter, who was added to Auburn’s coaching staff in 2017 as the team’s tight ends coach, took over running backs coach Tim Horton’s position as special teams coordinator during the offseason.
“Larry did that same job at North Carolina,” said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn in March. “He's excited about it, I think he's going to do a super job.”
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