Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken was named a Broyles Award semifinalist

Coordinator of the Georgian offensive Death Monken has garnered a lot of attention this season, and his Bulldogs’ success has the team in contention for another place in the college football playoffs. Monken’s work didn’t go unnoticed, leading to another big hit on Monday.

The Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation’s top assistant coach, announced that Monken is one of 15 semi-finalists for this year’s award. Monken is added to the list by the Florida State offensive coordinator Alex Atkins; Penn State Defense Coordinator Manny Diaz; Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham; Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh; Washington offensive coordinator Ryan Grub; LSU Defense Coordinator Matt house; Ohio State Defense Coordinator Jim Knowles; Special teams coach in South Carolina Peter Lembo; North Carolina offensive coordinator Phil Longo; Michigan Defense Coordinator Jesse Minter; USC line of defense coach Shaun Nua; Iowa Defense Coordinator Phil Parker; Offensive coordinator of the TCU Garret Riley; and Illinois Defense Coordinator Ryan Walters.

TThe finalists for the award will be announced on November 29 and the winner will be announced on December 6 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

If Monken ultimately won the award, he would be the first Georgia assistant to do so Brian Van Gorder in 2003. However, VanGorder is the only coach to ever win this award while with the Bulldogs Kirby Smart took home the prestigious award in 2009.

Despite losing five starters in last year’s offense, the Bulldogs have flourished in 2022.

In 11 games, Georgia is averaging 38.4 points per game (good for 11th nationally) and averaging 298.8 yards per game (13th nationally). Quarterback Stetson Bennett put together a strong season, completing 67.8% of his attempts for 3,011 yards with 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while also having 7 scores. The Bulldogs tight end combination Brock Bowers and Darell Washington have been true stars this season, and they’ve combined for 65 receptions for 1,017 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Most importantly for Georgia, the team is 11-0, already secured their place in the SEC championship game, and ranked #1 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, AP Poll, and Coaches Poll.

Monken’s success in Athens is by no means limited to this fall.

Monken has had a successful 2021 season with the Bulldogs. The Georgia offense finished the season ninth on national offense (38.6) as a crucial part of a team that went 14-1 to win the program’s first national championship since 1980. In his first season in Georgia, the Bulldogs averaged 32.3 points per game en route to an 8-2 overall record.

Monken was rewarded for this achievement with an annual salary increase of up to $2 million this offseason. That salary represents a $750,000 increase from last season, when Monken earned $1.25 million.

According to a recent report in the Athens Banner-Herald, Monken will receive a $100,000 raise over the next two years of his contract.

Monken, 56, is in the middle of his 30th season as an on-field coach, including 26 at the collegiate level. He came to Georgia after spending four years in the NFL, with stints with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent four seasons on the staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007 to 2010.

Monken turned pro after three years as Southern Miss’s head coach. During that time, the Golden Eagles went 13-25, including a 9-5 result in 2015 that marked the program’s first winning season in four years.

Monken was the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator/quarterback from 2011-2012, having previously played in Jacksonville. Before joining the Jaguars, he coached at LSU, Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech and Eastern Michigan.

Monken began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Grand Valley State in 1989-1990, followed by two years in the same capacity at Notre Dame. He played quarterback at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he was a letterwinner for three years and became a Small College All-America as a senior first team.