Bumpas Named Broyles Award Finalist
Dec. 2, 2010
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- TCU defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Dick Bumpas is one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, recognizing the nation's top assistant coach.
It's the third straight year, and fourth time in six seasons, that Bumpas is a Broyles Award finalist.
Bumpas is the only defensive coach to be a finalist this year. The other finalists are offensive coordinators Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Dana Holgorsen (Oklahoma State), Gus Malzahn (Auburn) and Greg Roman (Stanford).
The Horned Frogs are on pace to lead the nation in defense for a third straight season. TCU would become just the third school in NCAA history (Toledo, 1969-71; Oklahoma, 1985-87) to top the nation in defense three straight years.
In addition to ranking first in total defense (215.4 yards), TCU also leads the nation in scoring defense (11.4 points), pass defense (126.3 yards), fewest first downs allowed per game (11.3), opponent third-down percentage (21.9) and three-and-outs forced per game (6.4). TCU is third in run defense (89.2 yards).
TCU posted its second straight undefeated regular season and is ranked third in the BCS standings.
Bumpas was selected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in October. He's a 2006 inductee into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor.
Rivals.com named Bumpas as its National Coordinator of the Week following the Horned Frogs' 30-21 season-opening win over Oregon State.
Bumpas was the 1970 Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-America defensive tackle for Arkansas. He was a three-year letterman for the Razorbacks and a team captain.
After playing professionally, Bumpas began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1977. The Fort Smith, Ark., native has been part of coaching staffs that have won championships in four different conferences. He has coached in 17 bowl games as well as serving as an assistant at all three service academies.
Bumpas and TCU head coach Gary Patterson have worked together at five different schools (Kansas State, Tennessee Tech, Utah State, Navy, TCU).
In 2006, five of the 11 TCU defensive linemen were high school running backs. The Horned Frogs ranked second in the nation in run defense and total defense that year.
Bumpas mentored Jerry Hughes, who had never played defense until arriving at TCU, into a two-time consensus All-America defensive end and 2009 recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award and Lott Trophy.