Manny Diaz earned the respect of SEC coaches this year with his ability to slow down prolific spread offenses.
In his lone year as the Bulldogs' coordinator, his defenses gave up less than 20 points per game while creating more than two turnovers per game. One of the Bulldogs' most 2010 impressive efforts came against Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Auburn, with the Bulldogs holding the Tigers to 17 points.
Prior to his time at Mississippi State, Diaz spent four years as a defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee, coaching the linebackers for two years and the safeties for two.
At Middle Tennessee, Diaz's defenses led the league in sacks and tackles for loss twice, finishing no lower than third in the league in either category. In 2009, the Blue Raiders finished second nationally in tackles for loss and sixth in sacks.
Diaz coached at N.C. State for six years before taking his first defensive coordinator job in Murfreesboro.
Diaz is known for fielding aggressive defenses that use a variety of looks and blitzes to throw offenses off their rhythm. He interviewed for the job in Austin yesterday.
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