Miami Hurricanes’ Manny Diaz named semifinalist for Broyles Award

Manny Diaz (right) with linebacker Shaq Quarterman at a 2016 practice. (AP)

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Miami’s defensive coordinator is one of 15 assistant coaches up for the position’s top honor.

Manny Diaz was named a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, the organization announced Tuesday. It is the second year in a row — and fourth time in his 11-year career as a defensive coordinator — Diaz has been nominated.

Diaz, the Miami-bred, lifelong Hurricanes fan and son of the city’s former mayor, runs an aggressive 4-3 defense that ranks high in all major statistical categories: first in both sacks and takeaways per game, fourth in tackles for loss per game, 15th in points allowed, 33rd in yards per carry allowed, seventh in opponent passer rating, 17th in yards per play allowed,

What would his boss, Mark Richt, say to promote him for the award?

“I don’t get into all that,” he said. “I’ll let them decide. Just like, if you have a Heisman candidate, I don’t think you promote him. I think he just plays and promotes himself. Same thing with coaches.”

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