Texas A&M Football: Aggies Hire New Defensive Backs Coach
The Texas A&M football team has a new defensive backs coach as was first reported by Billy Luici the morning after 2017 National Signing Day.
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BREAKING: Kevin Sumlin tabs one-time LSU assistant and former Louisville head coach Ron Cooper as new Texas A&M Defensive Backs coach
— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) February 2, 2017
With the departure of former defensive backs coach Terry Joseph to North Carolina the Aggies had a hole in their coaching rankings headed into National Signing Day. That gap didn’t seem to make a difference to the Aggies defensive recruits. Texas A&M had no players flip to other schools down the stretch, showing the confidence they had in Kevin Sumlin to find the right man for the job.
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It was announced on Thursday morning that the search is over. Ron Cooper is reported to be the next defensive backs coach at Texas A&M. Cooper is no stranger to the SEC or current defensive coordinator John Chavis. The two worked together from 2009 to 2011 when Chavis was the defensive coordinator at LSU.
After a one year stop in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucanners, Cooper spent two years as the defensive backs coach at South Florida. Last year he served as the defensive coordinator at Florida International.
Last season the Aggies were 91st in the country in passing yards allowed, giving up 250 yards per game. They did face some good quarterbacks including UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Arkansas’ Austin Allen. However, they also allowed Purdue transfer Danny Etling to throw for 324 yards in the Tigers’ win at Kyle Field. Improvement is indeed necessary.
Undoubtedly Cooper will be anxious to work with an A&M secondary that returns senior leaders Armani Watts and Donovan Wilson. The Aggies will also add to that experience five new defensive back recruits. One of those recruits, Plain Dealing safety Keldrick Carper, is already on campus as an early enrollee.
***Stats from NCAA.com***