There will be plenty of parallels drawn between LSU coach Les Miles and Alabama coach Nick Saban as their teams draw closer to Saturday’s epic No. 1 vs. No. 2 meeting in Tuscaloosa (7 p.m., CBS).
Here’s another comparison between the two coaches: Both have been named finalists for the Paul “Bear” Bryant coach of the year award.
Twenty coaches are on this year’s watch list, which will be trimmed to 5-10 finalists in December. The award will be presented Jan. 19 in Houston.
Other coaches on the list are Mark Hudspeth (Louisiana-Lafayette), Bobby Petrino (Arkansas), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Brady Hoke (Michigan), Kevin Sumlin (Houston), Joe Paterno (Penn State) and ex-LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini (Nebraska).
Saban won the award in January 2004 after leading LSU to the BCS national title.
Taylor a quarterfinalist
LSU senior strong safety Brandon Taylor is one of 20 quarterfinalists for this year’s Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Taylor is one of four quarterfinalists from the Southeastern Conference, joining safety Mark Barron and linebacker Dont’a Hightower (Alabama) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina).
Former LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey won the Lott Trophy in 2007.
The award, named for Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, is presented annually to a player who displays strong athletic performance and personal character. The award will be presented Dec. 11 in Newport Beach, Calif.