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Penn State Football: Bob Shoop Nominee For Nation's Top Assistant

by on November 29, 2014 12:00 PM

Penn State defensive coordinator and safeties coach Bob Shoop has been nominated for the Broyles Award, the award is presented by the Rotary Club of Little Rock and Delta Dental to the nation's most outstanding assistant college football coach. 

In his first year at Penn State, Shoop has been a key asset in creating a Top 5 nationally ranked defense. The Nittany Lions are the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team that is ranked in the Top 5 in in rushing defense (1st, 81.7 ypg), total defense (3rd, 267.2 ypg), scoring defense (4th, 16.2 ppg) and pass efficiency defense (3rd, 98.74). Penn State also is No. 2 in third down conversion pct. defense at 27.6 percent. “

Bob's done a great job. I'm very appreciative and proud of him,” said head coach James Franklin. “I think the defensive staff doesn't get enough credit...those are team awards." 

Ohio State scored 17 points in regulation against the Nittany Lions, winning 31-24 in double overtime. The Nittany Lions have held 10 of their 11 opponents under their scoring and yards per game averages entering the Penn State game in 2014. 

Last Saturday, Illinois gained 68 rushing yards, becoming the ninth team to rush for less than 105 yards this season against Penn State's No. 1 ranked rushing defense, which is coached by Sean Spencer. The Nittany Lions have not allowed any points on 122 of 156 (78.2 percent) opponent possessions, with 51 three-and-outs (32.7 percent).

Penn State has permitted an FBS low seven plays of 30-or-more yards this season. Stanford is second with nine. The Nittany Lions’ safeties coach, Shoop and cornerbacks Coach Terry M. Smith have developed a secondary that is No. 3 in the nation in pass efficiency defense, earning a 98.74 rating and allowing only seven touchdown passes in 11 games.

The Nittany Lions rank No. 3 in the Big Ten with 15 interceptions, with junior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel and freshman cornerback Grant Haley returning interceptions for touchdowns. Prior to this season, Penn State had not had a “Pick Six” since 2009. Senior safety Adrian Amos lead the team with three interceptions. 

In his 26th year of coaching, Shoop was a member of Franklin’s Vanderbilt staff from 2011-13, serving as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He was instrumental in helping the Commodores finish among the nation’s Top 25 in total defense every season: 18th (2011), in 19th (2012) and 23rd (2013).

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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