Proof that Muschamp is defensive mastermind


Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:57 p.m.

First-year coach Will Muschamp arrived at Florida with the reputation as one of the top defensive minds in college football.

It's still unclear how much Mushcamp will be involved in the defensive play-calling, or how much he will delegate to new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Muschamp has said in speaking engagements that he's a "hands on" coach who enjoys the "scheming" aspect of football.

That would leave some to believe that Muschamp will be involved in personnel and play-calling decisions on defense.

Judging from Muschamp's track record, it's a smart move. In his eight seasons as a college defensive coordinator, Muschamp's defenses have ranked first in total defense four times (three times in the Big 12, once in the Southeastern Conference).

Muschamp's defenses have topped the conference in stopping the run four times and stopping the pass once.

Here's a look at how Muschamp's defenses have fared at Texas, Auburn and LSU:

2010 Texas

Total defense: 1st in Big 12, 300.2 ypg

Rushing defense: 3rd, 138.6 ypg

Passing defense: 2nd, 161.6 ypg

Scoring defense: 5th, 23.7 ppg

2009 Texas

Total defense: 1st, 251.9 ypg

Rushing defense: 1st, 72.4 ypg

Passing defense: 2nd, 179.6 ypg

Scoring defense: 3rd, 16.7 ppg

2008 Texas

Total defense: 1st, 342.9 ypg

Rushing defense: 1st, 83.5 ypg

Passing defense: 7th, 259.4 ypg

Scoring defense: 1st, 18.8 ppg

2007 Auburn

Total defense: 2nd in SEC, 297.6 ypg

Rushing defense: 5th, 124.7 ypg

Passing defense: 2nd, 173.2 ypg

Scoring defense: 1st, 16.9 ppg

2006 Auburn

Total defense: 4th, 292.4 ypg

Rushing defense: 6th, 124.2 ypg

Passing defense: 3rd, 168.2 ypg

Scoring defense: 3rd, 13.9 ppg

2004 LSU

Total defense: 2nd in SEC, 256.9 ypg

Rushing defense: 1st, 99.8 ypg

Passing defense: 2nd, 157.2 ypg

Scoring defense: 4th, 17.1 ppg

2003 LSU

Total defense: 1st, 252.0 ypg

Rushing defense: 1st, 67.0 ypg

Passing defense: 2nd, 185.0 ypg

Scoring defense: 1st, 11.0 ppg

2002 LSU

Total defense: 3rd, 286.8 ypg

Rushing defense: 5th, 134.1 ypg

Passing defnese: 1st, 152.7 ypg

Scoring defense: 5th, 18.3 ppg

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