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Michigan State football hires Diron Reynolds as new defensive line coach

Michigan State football has a new defensive line coach for the second straight year.

Mel Tucker on Wednesday announced the hire of Diron Reynolds, who spent the past seven seasons coaching the defensive line at Stanford. The 51-year-old Reynolds replaces Marco Coleman, who returned to his alma mater, Georgia Tech, after one season with the Spartans.

“I’ve known Diron Reynolds for more than 15 years — he’s one of the best coaches in the business,” Tucker said in a statement. “He has an impressive pedigree having worked for some of the top coaches in all of football, including Tony Dungy, Leslie Frazier, David Shaw and Jim Caldwell, and has coached in both the Super Bowl and College Football Playoff. He also has developed players at the highest level, from mentoring future NFL Draft picks to working daily with Pro Bowlers in the NFL. Diron is a family man with great character who will be relentless in leading and motivating our players on and off the field. I’m thrilled about this hire and can’t wait to start working with him.”

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Stanford’s defense ranked 127th out of 131 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in rush defense last season, with the Cardinal’s 224.4 yards given up per game the sixth-highest average allowed in program history, and 90th nationally at 1.92 sacks per game. The Cardinal also had the 114th-rated overall defense, allowing 434.1 yards per game. Shaw resigned as head coach after the season — the Cardinal went 42-40 the past seven seasons, including 3-9 in both 2021 and 2022 — and new Stanford coach Troy Taylor did not retain Reynolds.

Coleman left earlier this month for Georgia Tech, where he coached from 2019-21 after a 14-year NFL playing career. In his one…


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Publish date : 2023-01-25 20:00:30

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