It’s hard to imagine that a new face in the coaching staff is a good thing for a defense that ranked 4th in scoring in 2012.
But the hire of defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson is a very good thing for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Wilson comes to Rutgers from the Iowa Hawkeyes, where he coached defensive backs, special teams and linebackers. During his tenure at Iowa, he put together some of the best defenses in recent memory for the Hawkeyes, including the 2010 team that ranked 5th in the nation in total defense. He also coached freshman middle linebacker James Morris to become a Freshman All-American.
Wilson was hired as a defensive backs coach, but his coaching versatility will help the entire staff. As a guy who has coached young guys to success in the past, he can no doubt help develop young players like Tejay Johnson and Kevin Snyder. As a guy with experience coaching linebackers, he may also be able to help fill the void left at that position by the departure of Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais.
Defense was hardly an issue for the Scarlet Knights last year as I mentioned, but they won’t have many key players in the secondary for 2013. Logan Ryan, Brandon Jones and Wayne Warren combined for eight interceptions in 2012, but Rutgers will be without the services of all three in 2013.
Wilson has the experience and the resume, and he’s familiar with the program at Rutgers: he coached running backs for the Scarlet Knights in 1999. Now coaching DBs, Wilson inherits a good defense that has lost many core players. If he can turn a few youngsters into stars, don’t be surprised to see Rutgers back at the top of the nation in defense in 2013.
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