Harsin Named Dodd Trophy Finalist
Dec. 16, 2014

ATLANTA, Ga. - Boise State football head coach Bryan Harsin was named one of 12 finalists for the Dodd Trophy, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced Tuesday.

The Dodd Trophy recognizes the head coach of a team that emphasizes the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership and integrity on and off the field - the three pillars of Bobby Dodd's coaching philosophy.

Harsin previously was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award.

Joining Harsin as a finalist for the Dodd Trophy are Art Briles (Baylor), Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Jim Mora (UCLA), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Gary Patterson (TCU), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mark Richt (Georgia), Nick Saban (Alabama) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

The winner of the Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta in the week leading up to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, which is set for Dec. 31.

In his first year as Boise State's head coach, Harsin, a former Bronco quarterback and assistant coach, has guided the team to an 11-2 record, a Mountain West Championship and a berth in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.

The conference championship is the team's first outright title since joining the Mountain West in 2011, and the first outright league crown overall since 2009.

The only alumnus to lead the Broncos as head coach in Boise State history, Harsin has now won a conference championship as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.

In addition to rejoining the national rankings - Boise State ranked 20th in the final College Football Playoff Top 25 - the Broncos' offense has also returned to the nation's elite. Boise State concluded the regular season ranked ninth in scoring offense (39.8) and 14th in total offense (496.1).

Boise State will be making its third trip to the Fiesta Bowl in nine seasons Dec. 31, where it will square off against 10th-ranked Arizona at 2 p.m. MT from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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