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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh is a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award

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Bill Bedenbaugh is one of five finalists for the award given annually to college football’s top assistant coach.

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The Oklahoma Sooners has been historically efficient on offense in 2017. Fittingly, Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh has been named a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, which is given annually to college football’s top assistant coach. The other finalists are Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot, UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard.

Although head coach Lincoln Riley, who won the award back in 2015, is the team’s play-caller, Bedenbaugh is in charge of arguably the best offensive line unit in the country. As has been the case in recent years, Oklahoma’s offensive line has improved as the season has progressed, and that’s a testament to his ability as a coach.

Bedenbaugh was hired as Oklahoma’s offensive line coach in 2013 and almost immediately improved the unit. His prowess and a developer and recruiter has earned him plenty of praise, and he was rewarded with a promotion to co-offensive coordinator (along with Cale Gundy) when Riley became the head coach this past offseason. He previously served as offensive line coach at West Virginia for two seasons before being hired by Bob Stoops.