Louisiana Ragin' Cajun assistant football coach Marquase Lovings has been named one of 40 nominees for the 2014 Broyles Award, presented annually to the top assistant coach in college football.

Lovings, a Gainesville, Florida native, who is in his fourth season with Louisiana, is the running backs coach, and has helped mentor the outstanding duo of Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire.

In 2013, Harris and McGuire combined for over 1,800 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns on the season and each earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2013. Harris finished third in the league with 942 yards and 14 touchdowns while McGuire recorded 863 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per carry, while scoring eight TDs and earning Freshman All-America honors.

This season, McGuire and Harris have combined for 1,647 rushing yards, along with 21 touchdowns, with still  one regular season game remaining.

McGuire has rushed for 996 yards, averaging 7.3 yards-per-carry, along with 12 touchdowns, while Harris has accumulated 651 rushing yards, along with 9 scores.

The Cajuns, who are 9-4 on the season, wrap-up their 2014 regular season schedule on Saturday, when they travel to Troy, Alabama to take on the Troy Trojans.

This year’s Broyles Award winner, which is named after former Arkansas head coach Frank Broyles, will be announced on Tuesday, December 9 by The Rotary Club of Little Rock and sponsor Delta Dental.