BYU’s Fesi Sitake Named Nominee For Top Assistant Coach Award
PROVO, Utah – BYU passing game coordinator Fesi Sitake is in the running for the top assistant coach award in college football.
Sitake was named a nominee to the 2022 Broyles Award list. He’s one of 51 coaches that made the nominee list in a pool of approximately 1,500 assistant coaches representing 131 FBS programs across the country.
Here is the complete list of 2022 Broyles Award nominees! pic.twitter.com/99628BeS1t
— BROYLES AWARD (@BroylesAward) November 15, 2022
The Broyles Award, named after legendary Arkansas head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, honors the top assistant coach in college football.
Fesi Sitake named a Broyles Award nominee
Sitake has led a BYU wide receiver room that has been hit hard by injuries since the start of fall camp but has remained a top-producing group. The fifth-year assistant on cousin (they view each other as brothers) Kalani Sitake’s staff, Fesi Sitake has been a key piece in the evolution of BYU’s offense over the past handful of years.
His receivers this season include star Puka Nacua. Nacua is one of the highest-graded receivers in all of college football this season, according to Pro Football Focus’ grading system. Another key contributor is Kody Epps. Epps emerged as BYU’s leading receiver before suffering a season-ending injury against Liberty in late October.
#BYU Passing Game Coordinator Fesi Sitake has been named a nominee for the 2022 Broyles Award.
The award is given to college football's top assistant coach.#BYUFootball
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) November 15, 2022
Sitake’s wide receivers have produced at a high level despite being without one of the top players in Gunner Romney. The fifth-year senior has only played in two games this season after suffering a lacerated kidney injury in fall camp.
Sitake began his coaching career immediately after his playing days concluded in 2011. The former receiver at Southern Utah University became a student assistant for his alma mater and worked his way up to passing game coordinator in 2013.
After three seasons with the T-Birds, Sitake moved north to Ogden to join the Weber State program as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. He was named offensive coordinator for the 2016 and 2017 seasons before joining BYU’s staff under then offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.
Speaking of Grimes, the Baylor offensive coordinator is also on the Broyles Award nominee list. During the 2020 season while at BYU, Grimes was a finalist for the award.
2022 Broyles Award Nominees
Alabama – Pete Golding, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Arizona – Jimmie Dougherty, Passing Game/Quarterbacks
Arkansas – Jimmy Smith, Running Backs
Ball State – Tyler Stockton, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Baylor – Jeff Grimes, Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Boise State – Spencer Danielson, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
BYU – Fesi Sitake, Passing Game/Wide Receivers
Cincinnati – Mike Brown, Wide Receivers/Passing Game
Coastal Carolina – Skylor Magee, Defensive Line
Duke – Kevin Johns, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
East Carolina – Chris Foster, Running Backs
Florida – Rob Sale, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Florida State – Alex Atkins, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Georgia – Todd Monken, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Georgia Southern – Bryan Ellis, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Illinois – Ryan Walters, Defensive Coordinator
Iowa – Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Back
Iowa State – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator
Kansas – Andy Kotelnicki, Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Kansas State – Joe Klanderman, Defensive Coordinator
Louisville – Bryan Brown, Defensive Coordinator
Louisiana State University – Matt House, Defensive Coordinator
Michigan – Jesse Minter, Defensive Coordinator
Minnesota – Joe Rossi, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
NC State – Tony Gibson, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
North Carolina – Phil Longo, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
North Texas – Mike Bloesch, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Notre Dame – Brian Mason, Special Teams
Ohio – Scott Isphording, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Ohio State – Jim Knowles, Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers
Ole Miss – Marquel Blackwell, Running Backs
Oregon – Kenny Dillingham, Offensive Coordinator
Oregon State – Trent Bray, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Penn State – Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Rutgers – Joe Harasymiak, Defensive Coordinator
Southern Methodist University – Casey Woods, Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
South Carolina – Pete Lembo, Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams
Syracuse – Tony White, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Texas Christian University – Garrett Riley, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Tennessee – Alex Golesh, Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Texas State – Zac Spavital, Defensive Coordinator
Toledo – Vince Kehres, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Troy – Shiel Wood, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
UAB – Blake Shrader, Defensive Backs
UCF – Travis Williams, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
UCLA – Deshaun Foster, Running Backs
USC – Shaun Nua, Defensive Line
Utah – Morgan Scalley, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Wake Forest – Kevin Higgins, Wide Receivers
Washington – Ryan Grubb, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Western Kentucky – Tyson Summers, Defensive Coordinator
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.
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