New Defensive Line Coach – Buddy Wyatt

It’s official. Nebraska has hired Buddy Wyatt as the new DL coach. Wyatt was in his fourth year as a member of the Tide coaching staff before Mike Shula was fired. In 2006, Alabama finished the year 18th nationally in scoring defense and 29th in total defense. The Tide finished the 2005 season ranked first in scoring defense, second in total defense, fifth in pass defense and pass efficiency defense and ninth in rushing defense.

Wyatt is a native of Victoria, Texas, and played at Stroman High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He graduated in 1985 and attended TCU earning four letters as a defensive lineman for Coach Jim Wacker. As a senior he tallied 46 tackles and four quarterback sacks. He graduated with a degree in education in 1989. Following his career at TCU, Wyatt played two seasons of professional football. In 1991, Wyatt began his coaching career by returning to TCU as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line in 1991.

Wyatt has connections with both Tim Cassidy and Shawn Watson. Cassidy and Wyatt worked together under R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M from 1999-2002. Wyatt was also on staffs at both Northwestern and Colorado with Watson.

Wyatt’s Coaching History

2003-present Alabama, Defensive Line
2000-2002 Texas A&M, Defensive Line
1999 Colorado Defensive Line
1997-98 Northwestern Defensive Line and FG & PAT Defense Special Teams
1996 Oklahoma State Defensive Line
1992-95 Minnesota Defensive Line and Special Teams
1991 TCU Graduate Assistant, Defensive Line

Like Blake, Wyatt’s strength appears to be his energetic and affable personality. His profile on Scout.com, describes him as “an excellent recruiter and well-liked coach.” Nebraska could also benefit from his recruiting connections in the south.

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