Muschamp takes on sole Defensive Coordinator and play-calling duties as well as coaching the Longhorn linebackers, while former co-DC Duane Akina loses the coordinator designation but adds the title of Assistant Head Coach and continues to coach the defensive backs.
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One of the nation’s premier defensive coordinators and a 2007 Broyles Award Finalist (nation’s top assistant coach), Will Muschamp has been named Defensive Coordinator at Texas, Longhorn Head Coach Mack Brown said on Friday. Muschamp joins the Texas staff after spending the past two years as Defensive Coordinator at Auburn and the last eight years as a defensive coordinator on the collegiate and NFL levels. He will coach UT’s linebackers while coordinating the defense.
“We’re thrilled to have Will joining our staff,” Brown said. “He’s a bright, young, high-energy coach who has gained a great deal of experience and had a lot of success in working for three tremendous coaches in Nick Saban, Tommy Tuberville and Roy Kidd (Eastern Kentucky/College Football Hall of Famer). He built a defense at LSU that helped them become one of the nation’s most dominant units for several years, including a National Championship in 2003, and he’s done the same thing at Auburn.
“Greg Davis and Mac McWhorter both know Will very well having worked with him as a player at Georgia and they both highly recommended him. Our entire staff had a chance to spend some time with him on Thursday and all really enjoyed him. They all agreed that he’d be the perfect fit for us. He has a great personality, a terrific family and is one of the bright young stars in our business. We’re anxious to get him here, working together with our defensive staff.”
In his six years as a coordinator at Auburn and LSU, Muschamp’s defenses have ranked among the nation’s top 10 in total defense four times and scoring defense three times.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work for Mack Brown and The University of Texas,” Mushcamp said. “Having followed the Longhorns as a player, coach and fan of college football, I always had a lot of respect for the program, but after visiting the campus, I’m even more impressed. When you think about Texas, you see all of the championships, the great coaches like Darrell Royal and great players like Earl Campbell and Tommy Nobis. Having an opportunity to work at a place like that with such a proud tradition and history excites a young coach like me.”
During Muschamp’s two seasons at Auburn, where he coached the secondary while coordinating the defense, the Tigers held 21 of their 26 opponents to 20 points or less. No. 21 Auburn, which knocked off No. 16 Clemson, 23-20, in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, entered the bowl game ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), eighth in total defense (298.3 ypg) and seventh in passing defense (179.0 ypg). His unit held Heisman Trophy finalist Darren McFadden of Arkansas to a season-low 43 yards rushing. Auburn also held five of its last seven opponents to 10 points or less.
“I’ve admired the job Coach Brown has done for a long time and followed his program at Texas closely,” Mushcamp added. “The way he handles everything and the way he and his players represent the Longhorns on and off the field is very impressive. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some great head coaches and I’m really looking forward to working with Coach Brown. He’s a tremendous coach who has been as successful as anyone for a long time, won a National Championship and runs a great football program. Working with him is a great opportunity for me and my family.”
In 2006, Muschamp’s Auburn defense ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (13.9 ppg) and allowed just 21 TDs on the year, which ranked eighth nationally. That unit also allowed just 292.3 yards (19th NCAA) of offense per game.
“Austin is a great place and I was really impressed by The University during my visit,” said Mushcamp. “I had a chance to talk to DeLoss Dodds and Bill Powers and you can see they have everyone pulling together and in the same direction. They’re all on the same page and are driven to be the best and to do things right. That really excited me.”
Muschamp spent the 2005 season in the NFL, serving as the Miami Dolphins Assistant Head Coach for Defense. He led the Dolphins to top 10 rankings in yards per play (4.7/7th), yards per rush (3.7/7th) and yards per pass (6.0/9th) and Miami ranked second in the NFL in sacks (49) that year. The Dolphins posted a 9-7 record and finished the year with a six-game winning streak.
Prior to his stop in the NFL, Muschamp coached linebackers and served as Defensive Coordinator at LSU from 2001-04. During his tenure, LSU won the 2003 National Championship and two SEC titles (2001, 2003). His defense led the nation in total defense (252.0 ypg) and scoring defense (11.0 ppg) and played a key role in the Tigers claiming the 2003 National Championship. That unit topped the SEC in every major defensive category and also ranked second nationally in pass efficiency defense (89.8 rating) and third in rushing defense (67.0 ypg).
In 2004, LSU ranked third nationally in total defense (256.9 ypg), fifth in passing defense (157.2 ypg) and seventh in rushing defense (99.8 ypg). Muschamp’s defense also allowed just 17.1 points per game (14th NCAA). In 2002, he led a defense that ranked eighth nationally in total defense (266.8 ypg) and 15th in scoring defense (18.3 ppg). The Tigers led the SEC and ranked fifth nationally in passing efficiency defense (93.9 rating) and ranked second nationally allowing just 152.7 passing yards per game that year.
Muschamp began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Auburn (1995-96), where he earned a Master’s Degree in 1996. He coached the secondary at West Georgia in 1998 and Eastern Kentucky in 1999 before earning his first defensive coordinator position at Valdosta State in 2000.
The 1994 Georgia graduate was a four-year lettermen at safety for the Bulldogs (1991-94). Muschamp was selected as a defensive co-captain as a senior and was a part of two bowl teams. He also earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1993.
“I played at Georgia under Greg Davis and Mac McWhorter and played with Donnie Maib (UT assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach) and George Wynn (UT Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations) there so I’m very familiar with four guys in the Texas football program. They were very helpful during this process and they should make the transition to a new place easier.”
A native of Rome, Ga., Muschamp and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Jackson and Whit.
The Muschamp File
Hometown: Rome, Ga.
College: Georgia ’94
Graduate degree: Auburn ’96
Years in coaching: 12
Children: Jackson, Whit
2006- Auburn (Defensive Coordinator)
2005- Miami Dolphins (Assistant Head Coach for Defense)
2001-04- LSU (Linebackers/Defensive Coordinator)
2000- Valdosta State (Defensive Coordinator)
1999- Eastern Kentucky (Secondary)
1998- West Georgia (Secondary)
1995-96- Auburn (Graduate Assistant)
Player- 1991 Independence, 1993 Florida Citrus
Coach- 1995 Outback, 1996 Independence, 2002 Sugar, 2003 Cotton, 2004 Sugar, 2005
Capital One, 2007 Cotton Bowl, 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl