Iowa Hawkeyes defensive coordinator Phil Parker nominated for the Broyles Award

It may not be possible to overstate what exactly Phil Parker means to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The defensive coordinator somehow outdoes himself every single week and puts together a defensive showing that tops the previous one.

His work has earned him a nomination for the Broyles Award. This award is given out annually to the top assistant coach in America.

Parker’s deserving spot on this list comes from his defense being the key to Iowa’s success this season up to this point.

The numbers that Phil Parker’s defense is allowing are staggering, in a very good and low way. Iowa’s defense leads the nation in yards per play, surrendering just 4.00 yards per play. The Hawkeyes are No. 8 overall in the nation in yards per game, allowing just 281.5 yards per game.

Iowa is 19th in third-down conversions allowed, 10th in passing yards allowed per game with 168.8, tops in yards per completion allowed with 8.7, and ninth in passing touchdowns allowed with only nine.

On the ground, the Hawkeyes are also among the best. They are No. 23 in rushing yards allowed per game with 112.7, 12th in yards per rush allowed with 3.16, and are tops in America with just one rushing touchdown surrendered.

Iowa’s defense always has the talent it needs but talent only gets so far. Phil Parker takes that talent and elevates it to elite levels each week and each year.

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