FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee is one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach, it was announced Monday.
McGee coordinates the UA offense that leads the SEC in total offense, passing offense and first downs and is second in scoring offense. The Razorbacks’ average of 307.8 passing yards per game ranks 12th in the NCAA. Their average of 37.4 points per game ranks 14th in the nation while their average of 445.8 yards of total offense per game is 28st in the country and their average of 22.2 first downs per game is tied for 33rd in the NCAA.
This year, quarterback Tyler Wilson became the second Razorback to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season, a feat before only accomplished by Ryan Mallett, who surpassed the mark in 2009 and 2010 with McGee as his quarterbacks coach. This season, Wilson leads the SEC and ranks 14th in the NCAA with his average of 285.2 passing yards per game. The junior from Greenwood, Ark., also leads the conference and ranks 21st in the country with an average of 283.4 yards of total offense per game. Wilson is the only quarterback in the SEC and one of five in the NCAA to throw for at least 500 yards in a game this season after putting up 510 yards, the third-highest single-game total in the NCAA in 2011, in a 42-38 victory over Texas A&M.
Wide receivers Jarius Wright and Joe Adams rank first and second, respectively, on Arkansas’ career receptions list. Wright, who leads the SEC and with an average of 5.7 receptions per game this season, is the record holder with 165 catches while Adams, who ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 4.1 receptions per game, is second with 159. Wright also leads the SEC and ranks 22nd in the country with his average of 93.5 receiving yards per game. He has broken Arkansas’ single-season receiving yards record with 1,029 this season and is currently second on UA’s all-time career receiving yards list with 2,846. Adams is fourth on the school’s all-time career receiving yards list with 2,388 and sixth in the SEC this season with an average of 52.5 receiving yards per game.
Running back Dennis Johnson ranks second in the SEC and 33rd in the NCAA with his average of 135.1 all-purpose yards per game and is seventh in the conference at 63.7 rushing yards per game. Tight end Chris Gragg has 40 catches for 492 yards and two touchdowns this season, and his 3.3 receptions-per-game average is tied for eighth in the SEC.
This season, Arkansas’ offensive players have earned eight SEC player of the week honors, including the first time in conference history two players from the same school were named co-Offensive Players of the Week when Wilson and Wright shared the award following the Texas A&M game.
The winner of the Broyles Award will be announced Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. The Broyles Award is presented by the Rotary Club of Little Rock and was established in 1996 to honor former Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles.