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January 4, 2014

Aggies tap Joseph as new DB coach

With less than a month before national signing day, Texas A&M has a full coaching staff again. Sources have told AggieYell.com that Terry Joseph, the former defensive backs coach at the University of Nebraska, has been offerd and verbally accepted the same role at A&M. He replaces Marcel Yates, who returned to Boise State as their defensive coordinator.

Joseph's name had been linked to the job for the past two weeks, and sources in Nebraska indicated Joseph, a Louisiana native who graduated from Northwestern State in Natchitoches, wanted to be closer to home. His Louisiana ties would certainly be a selling point from A&M's perspective, as Yates was the Aggies' primary recruiter in the state and had competed with Joseph for a number of recruits the past two years. In fact, Joseph was involved in the recruitment of both Darian Claiborne and Noel Ellis, who had offers from the Cornhuskers but chose the Aggies instead. This season, he has been recruiting one of A&M's remaining primary targets, Jenks (Okla.) safety Steven Parker.

From a recruiting perspective alone, Joseph fits the profile Kevin Sumlin has looked for since arriving in Aggieland: he has strong ties to a key recruiting area and has shown enough skill to serve as a recruiting coordinator. Before arriving in Lincoln in 2012, he was defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana Tech from 2007-2009 and Tennessee in both 2010 and 2011 under Derek Dooley. He was also a graduate assistant at LSU in 2006.

Perhaps more importantly for a secondary that was frequently torched in 2013, Joseph brings a record of success as a coach as well. In his first season with the Cornhuskers, Nebraska's secondary led the nation in opponent pass completion percentage (47.1%), ranked fourth in pass defense (168.2 yards per game) and ninth in pass efficiency defense. The Huskers also had 13 interceptions that year, returning two for touchdowns. The Huskers ranked fourth in the Big Ten in 2013 in both yards allowed and pass efficiency defense and also intercepted 14 passes (one more than in 2012). While at Tennessee, the secondary was the strength of the Vols defense, finishing 12th nationally in passing yards in 2011 and picking off 18 passes in 2010.

Joseph, 39, has a wife and two daughters. He also spent four years in the minor league systems of the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres before beginning his coaching career.


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