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A&M looks to Boise for co-DC

Marcel Yates

After nine years as an assistant under Chris Petersen at Boise State, Marcel Yates has officially left the Broncos for a new position further south.

Confirming speculation that has persisted for a couple of weeks, Texas A&M announced Monday the hiring of Yates.  The 34-year-old assistant will carry dual titles of co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

Earlier this month, Sumlin announced the hiring of Mark Snyder as defensive coordinator, the same position he held before leaving USF.

“Marcel is another terrific recruiter who has a proven record in developing the young men he coaches,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement. “He has done a great job at Boise State and will be an excellent addition to our staff here at Texas A&M.”

Yates served as cornerbacks coach with the Broncos from 2003-05; secondary coach from 2006-10; and defensive pass-game coordinator/secondary coach in 2011.

(Photo credit: Texas A&M athletics)

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7 Responses to “A&M looks to Boise for co-DC”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 24, 2012 8:20 AM

    Darn, half of Boise’s staff is moving on. If not Florida then A&M. They, I think are going to find the SEC teams, just a tad more challenging than what they have played, once it is on a full time basis. Good luck coaches, as you have thrived under Peterson..

  2. pushingiron says: Jan 24, 2012 9:28 AM

    A lot of his players have gone on to the NFL, looking forward to him having a positive impact in Aggieland.

  3. Pac12Ute says: Jan 24, 2012 9:40 AM

    @ woebegong Correct me if I’m wrong, but Boise State has faced SEC teams and dominated them on defense, haven’t they? I don’t know that he’s going to have to change much of anything to continue that trend. The SEC could probably benefit more from one of their teams hiring a good OC that can put points on the board instead of another DC.

  4. woebegong says: Jan 24, 2012 9:48 AM

    Have they faced an 8 game SEC schedule? There is a difference than facing one team every two or three years. The SEC beats the living devil out of each other each year, so it will be interesting.
    These coaches are stepping up, compared to the conference they were playing in, was the point I was trying to admit.

  5. woebegong says: Jan 24, 2012 9:52 AM


    He most likely will have an impact. He will have a big recruiting base, and the SE Conference does produce a lot of really good defensive players. Most of the SEC schools, live by their defense for the most part. The defense in the SEC, is usually ahead of the offense each year in the conference, and it is usually the defense, that gets the SEC teams ranked highest.

  6. olskool711 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:28 AM


    you don’t know what you don’t know

  7. woebegong says: Jan 24, 2012 10:35 AM

    I have no idea what point you are trying to make here. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. Any chance you could elaborate and give it a try at what it is you want to point out?

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