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Central Michigan's Charlie Frye nominated for Broyles Award for nation's top assistant coach

Central Michigan offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Charlie Frye walks off the bus on Oct. 26 before the Chippewas play Buffalo at UB Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

Central Michigan offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Charlie Frye has been nominated for the Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant in college football.

The 41 nominees were announced Wednesday by the Frank Broyles Foundation.

After going 1-11 overall in the 2018 season, head coach Jim McElwain took over and brought Frye with him to lead the offense. 

"It's well deserved," McElwain said. "We've got a great staff here. I can't tell you how fortunate I am that those guys chose to come join us and be a part of this. I'm really proud of how hard they work and care about the kids."

Within the Mid-American Conference, Central Michigan is ranked fourth in scoring average (30.0), second in first downs (221), sixth in rushing yards (1,900), fourth in yards per carry (5.0), second in passing yards (2,491), sixth in yards per reception (12.0), third in total offense (4,391), fourth in yards per play (6.1), sixth in third down conversations (40%), third in sacks allowed (14) and fourth in time of possession (30:58).

Central Michigan is 6-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

Graduate transfer quarterback Quinten Dormady, the current starter, has completed 111 of 170 passes for 1,310 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. 

Suspended junior quarterback David Moore completed 94 of 164 passes for 1,143 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions before he was forced to stop playing due to a failed NCAA drug test.

The only other MAC assistant recognized was Ball State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joey Lynch.

"It's good to see," McElwain said of Frye's name being included.

Despite his success for the Chippewas, Frye has not been made available to speak with Central Michigan Life at any point during the regular season. However, he has made CMU Athletics radio appearances.

Upon request, Frye was not made available by CMU Athletics to speak with CM-Life.

There will be 15 semifinals announced before five finalists are invited to Little Rock, Arkansas, which is where the winner will be given the award Dec. 10.

2019 Broyles Award nominees:

Alabama – Steve Sarkisian, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Appalachian State – Ted Roof, Defensive Coordinator

Arkansas State – Keith Heckendorf, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Auburn – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator

Ball State University – Joey Lynch, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Baylor – Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Brigham Young – Aaron Roderick, Passing Game Coordinator/QB

California – Tim DeRuyter, Defensive Coordinator

Central Michigan – Charlie Frye, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Cincinnati – Marcus Freeman, Defensive Coordinator

Clemson – Jeff Scott, Co-Offensive Coordinator/WR

Florida – Billy Gonzalez, Wide Receivers

Georgia – Dan Lanning, Defensive Coordinator/Outside LBs

Georgia State – Brad Glenn, Offensive Coordinator

Indiana – Kalen DeBoer, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Iowa – Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator/DB

Iowa State – Tom Manning, Offensive Coordinator/Run Game Coordinator

Louisville – Dwayne Ledfors, Offensive Line

LSU – Joe Brady, Passing Game Coordinator/WR

Memphis – Pete Lembo, Special Teams Coordinator

Michigan – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator

Minnesota – Kirk Ciarrocca, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Missouri – Ryan Walters, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Navy – Brian Newberry, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Ohio State – Jeff Hafley, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

Oklahoma – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator/ Safeties

Ole Miss – Mike MacIntyre, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Oregon – Andy Avalos, Defensive Coordinator

Oregon State – Brian Lindgren, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Penn State – Brent Pry, Defensive Coordinator/LB

Pittsburgh – Randy Bates, Defensive Coordinator

San José State – Ryan Gunderson, Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coordinator

SMU – Rhett Lashlee, Offensive Coordinator/QB

Troy – Ryan Pugh, Offensive Coordinator/OL

Tulane – Will Hall, Offensive Coordinator

UAB – David Reeves, Defensive Coordinator

UCF – Randy Shannon, Defensive Coordinator

University of Louisiana – Ron Roberts, Defensive Coordinator

Utah – Morgan Scalley, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Western Kentucky – Clayton White, Defensive Coordinator/CB

Wisconsin – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator