New Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo has found his defensive coordinator.
UCF defensive coordinator Tyson Summers has decided to leave Orlando for Fort Collins.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy was the first to report the news.
New Colorado State coach Mike Bobo gets UCF DC Tyson Summers to join him as CSU DC source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 29, 2014
Summers has played an integral part in the success of the Knights’ defense. He first took over as the interim defensive coordinator before the Knights’ upset win over Baylor in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. He was then appointed the full-time defensive coordinator from spring practice on.
UCF finished this season with the No. 7 ranked total defense in the country, allowing 298.5 yards per game. Furthermore, the Knights finished No. 8 in scoring defense (19.2) and were No. 13 in turnovers forced (28).
Summers has experience working with Mike Bobo before. He started out as a graduate assistant at Troy University in 2004 and then at the University of Georgia in 2005. Summers was part of the Bulldogs’ 2005 SEC championship team.
A year later, he coached the safeties at Georgia Southern before moving on to UAB where he was the linebackers coach.
The Georgia native played linebacker at Presbyterian and earned All-South Atlantic honors in 1999. He was also named the team captain his senior year.
Under the tutelage of Summers and the offensive prowess of Bobo, the Rams should be in good hands moving forward.
Colorado State lost their former head coach Jim McElwain to the Florida Gators. The Rams then decided to take a shot at Bobo, who played for the Bulldogs’ from ’93-’97 and spent 14 years as a coach at Georgia. His experience in the SEC and his eye for talent should be a good match.
Knights’ head coach George O’Leary will have to find a new defensive coordinator relatively soon with Signing Day right around the corner.
UCF won back-to-back American Athletic conference championships and finished the season 9-4.
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