It's been a very good run for the Nebraska football team. After starting the year 0-6, they've managed to go 4-1 over their last five games. If they can beat Iowa, it would be one heck of a finish to the 2018 season. Despite that, the Cornhuskers got a bit of bad news on Tuesday afternoon. Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco missed the cut for the Broyles award watch list. The award is meant for the best assistant football coach in the country. Earlier this month, he made the list of 53 coaches who were going to be vying for the award. Today the list was cut down to 15 and Verduzco's name wasn't on it.

Nebraska football gets a bit of bad news

It's actually been one heck of a run when it comes to good news for the Huskers. They got a commit from defensive back Myles Palmer. They also watched their brethren on the basketball team improve to 4-0 on Monday night. They've also gotten a ton of good feedback from weekend visitors. Verduzco, who is one of the most colorful coaches on a staff that isn't remotely scared of the limelight should probably have been on the finalist list. At the same time, this isn't the kind of news that is going to be something that derails the positivity train.

Broyles award list has impressive names

For those who are a bit annoyed that Mario Verduzco didn't make the list of 15, they can take heart in the fact he was one of 38 that got shaved off the list.

It should also be pointed out that there are only two position coaches still on the list. Ironically enough, one of those position coaches is UCF offensive line coach Glen Elarbee. There is also something to be said for the fact that the rest of the list are men who are coordinators on teams that all have a winning record.

While the Nebraska football team is certainly doing better in the second half of the season, the best the team can do is finish 5-7.

The rest of the list is as follows:

  • West Virginia – Jake Spavital, OC
  • Alabama – Mike Locksley, OC
  • Army – Jay Bateman, DC
  • Cal – Tim DeRuyter, DC
  • Clemson – Jeff Scott, Co-Offensive Coordinator
  • UAB – David Reeves, DC
  • UCF – Glen Elarbee, Offensive Line
  • Utah State – David Yost, OC
  • Washington State – Tracy Claeys, DC
  • Georgia – Sam Pittman, Offensive Line
  • LSU – Dave Aranda, DC
  • Michigan – Don Brown, DC
  • Mississippi State – Bob Shoop, DC
  • Notre Dame – Chip Long, OC
  • Oklahoma – Bill Bedenbaugh, Co-Offensive Coordinator

What Mario Verduzco has done for the Nebraska football team can't be understated. Adrian Martinez is one of the best freshmen quarterbacks in the country. Maybe he'll get that Broyles award in 2019.