After this defensive coordinator search began and hearing Hopson's name constantly mentioned, I found myself quite afraid.
Why not Rhoads? Chavis? Tubs??!?
But I decided to do some research on Hopson and his defenses at Southern Miss. Now I acknowledge the fact that they play in conference USA against primarily spread teams, but this is what I've got.
2007- 43rd ranked defense (67th pass, 43rd run) @ 366.4 YPG
2006- 30th ranked defense (26th pass, 50th run) @ 308.4 YPG
2005- 73rd ranked defense (75th pass, 73rd run) @ 394.1 YPG
So overall, I'm moderately impressed. Southern Miss brings in pretty solid talent, mostly 2/3 stars with some 4 stars sprinkled in so he's made due with lesser talent. Then again, our defense hasn't been all that great with the talent we have.
I'm worried about his coaching ability, anyone have any thoughts? And how will we be with him as DC? Middle of the road defense?