It seems the Boise State Broncos are losing their defensive coordinator Andy Avalos to the Oregon Ducks. The news was first reported by Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman in a Twitter post that stated Avalos would be leaving for the defensive coordinator position at Oregon.
This just goes to show how cutthroat college football really is. Avalos is a Bosie State football alum where he played linebacker from 2001 to 2004. For the past seven years, he has also been employed by the Bosie State. It was in 2012 where he was hired as the team’s defensive line coach, and in 2016 where he was promoted to defensive coordinator.
But now he abandons his own alma mater in an attempt to reestablish credibility to the Oregon Ducks.
The Ducks haven’t been the same team since former Heisman Trophy-winner Marcus Mariota moved on to the pros. This past season the Ducks had a decent overall record of 9-4, but a sub-par conference record of 5-4. According to ESPN Oregon was also ranked 41st in defensive efficiency which was below Boise States No. 32 overall ranking.
To add to Avalos resume, Boise state finished 35th in scoring defense and 39th in total defense for the 2018 season. The Broncos also led the NCAA in fumbles recovered with 17 and ranked 12th in the nation for sacks.
One aspect that might have enticed Avalos to leave the Broncos was Oregon’s strong recruiting class.
According to 247 sports, the Ducks have the No. 7 recruiting class for 2019, which is led by No. 2 overall recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux. The 6-foot-4, 239 pound Thibodeaux almost gives any coordinator reason to leave. His dominance at the defensive end position should get any Oregon fan excited for the 2019 season.
With Avalos defensive mind, and Oregon’s strong recruiting class it will be interesting to see whether the Ducks can fight back to their college football dominance.