BOISE, Idaho Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen is in the running for a pair of national college football coach of the year awards after the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards committee selected Petersen as one of 16 coaches for its Bryant Watch List, and the Maxwell Football Club named him one of 15 semi-finalists for the George Munger Award.
Petersen, who boasts a 21-1 career record, is the reigning Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year, which he won after last season’s 13-0 perfect record that included a win over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He was also a semi-finalist for the George Munger Award last season.
Petersen has guided Boise State to an 8-1 record this season and a top 20 ranking in the BCS Standings, the Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris polls. The Broncos have won their last seven games.
The Bryant Watch List will be narrowed down to five to 10 finalists and announced on Dec. 12. The finalists will attend an awards dinner on Jan. 17, 2008, where the winner will be announced.
The Maxwell Football Club will announce the winner of the 19th George Munger Award in a press release in December.