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Franklin hires new defensive assistant

Anthony Poindexter II

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State head coach James Franklin announced the hiring of Anthony Poindexter as the program’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Wednesday.

Poindexter comes from Purdue, where he spent the last four seasons holding the same position.

“We are excited to welcome Anthony to our staff,” Franklin said. “He brings an impressive football background both as a player and a coach. As a player, he is a College Football Hall of Famer, a two-time consensus All-American and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Anthony has an infectious personality and leads with humility. Our safeties will really enjoy learning from him.”

During his 18-year coaching stint at the collegiate level, Poindexter has made stops at Virginia, UConn and Purdue. He’s spent seven seasons with either a defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator title, including three years as the defensive coordinator at UConn (2014-16).

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the Penn State football program,” said Poindexter. “As long as I’ve played the game of football, I’ve been aware of the long-standing tradition and history of excellence here at Penn State. I look forward to being under the leadership and guidance of Coach Franklin. I’m inspired by his relentless desire to win and I look forward to contributing in any way I can. Coach Pry has assembled one of the best defensive units in the country and nothing motivates me more than young men with a will to work hard and learn.”

In his first season with the Boilermakers, Poindexter helped lead a defense to a 17.7-point improvement in scoring defense from 38.2 points allowed per game in 2016 to 20.5 in 2017.

Prior to his time at Purdue, he was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at UConn for three seasons.

In 2015, UConn earned a berth in the St. Petersburg Bowl, thanks in large part to its efforts on defense. Poindexter guided a defense which led the American Athletic Conference in total defense (33rd in FBS), red zone defense (7th), scoring defense (15th) and passing yards allowed (20th). Safety Andrew Adams earned second-team All-AAC honors under Poindexter’s watch, as he led the team in tackles with 103. The Husky defense had a total of five players earn all-conference recognition in 2015.

Before arriving at UConn, Poindexter was a member of the Virginia coaching staff for 11 seasons, spending the final five seasons coaching safeties. He joined the Cavaliers’ coaching staff in 2003 as a graduate assistant, was UVA’s running backs coach from 2004-05, running backs coach and assistant special teams coordinator from 2006-08, defensive backs coach and assistant special teams coordinator in 2009, safeties coach and special teams coordinator from 2010-12 and safeties coach in 2013.

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