The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State offensive coordinator/running game coordinator Tom Manning has been named one of 41 nominees for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s best assistant coach in college football.
Manning is in his first season of his second stint as an assistant with the Iowa State football team. He coached two years as the offensive coordinator from 2016-17 before assisting with the Indianapolis Colts as the tight ends coach in 2018.
His return to Ames in 2019 as OC has paid dividends for the Cyclone offense, leading the team to unprecedented offensive totals in the history of the program.
The balanced attack dialed up by Manning has Iowa State ranked in the top-20 nationally in scoring (19th, 36.4), total offense (16th, 479.2), yards per play (11th, 6.9) and passing offense (8th, 323.2).
The Cyclones were ranked 57th nationally or higher in all four categories a year ago.
Virtually all of Iowa State’s offensive season school records are in jeopardy thanks to Manning’s mentoring, including total offense (439.6) and scoring (33.5), Cyclone records that have been intact since 1976.
Twice this season, the Cyclones have averaged over 10.0 yards per play in a game (ULM, 10.7; Texas Tech, 10.0) to rank No. 1 and No. 2 in school history. The Cyclone offense under Manning can strike quick with 11 plays of over 40 yards this season, but it also can methodically move the ball while taking time off the clock.
Iowa State has only 10 3-and-outs on the season, a total that ranks in the top-10 nationally. In the fourth quarter this season, the offense has generated 116 points with a +73 scoring differential, a total that ranks second nationally.
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy is one of the best in the nation. The Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist ranks fifth in the nation in total offense (344.4) and sixth nationally in passing yardage (316.6). He is one of four quarterbacks in the nation with 20 passing TDs and seven rushing TDs.
The rushing attack, led by Manning, has developed with the emergence of true freshman running back Breece Hall. The rookie is one of the top first-year players in college football, averaging 125.3 yards per game since Oct. 12, the fifth-best average for a “power 5” player in that span.
Hall has three 100-yard rushing games and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry, which is on pace to break ISU’s season mark.