A former Big Ten football player has returned to the conference as an assistant coach.
Corey Brown, Rutgers confirmed via a press release, has been named as the Scarlet Knights’ new defensive line coach. Brown played at Iowa from 1995-99, starting 11 games as a senior his last season with the Hawkeyes.
RU’s offensive line coach, AJ Blazek, was Brown’s teammate in 1999 at UI.
“I am excited to welcome Corey to our program,” said head coach Chris Ash. “He is a great teacher and outstanding person. Our players will benefit from his playing and coaching experience.”
Prior to joining RU, Brown was the line coach at Miami of Ohio from 2014-17. His first job at the FBS level came at Notre Dame as a defensive graduate assistant (2012-13).
Needing to fill one spot on the coaching staff, Rutgers head coach Chirs Ash has reportedly added former Miami Ohio defensive line coach Corey Brown to fill the same role on his staff in New Jersey. A report from NJ.com confirmed the hiring of Brown over the weekend.
Brown will come to Rutgers after four years at Miami Ohio, but Brown is no stranger to the Big Ten. Brown played college football at Iowa. Brown will have a young defensive line to work with at Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights continue to try and beef up their presence on the line against Big Ten opposition. The disadvantages on the line of scrimmage continue to be one of the biggest areas of concern for Rutgers as the program prepares for its fourth season as a Big Ten member in 2018.
Rutgers was 12th in the Big Ten with 16.0 sacks and 13th in the conference with 50.0 tackles for loss last season. The Scarlet Knights also ranked 11th in the Big Ten in rushing defense after allowing 181.83 rushing yards per game.
Ash has taken strides in attempting to change the way the defensive line has been built, but the kind of change Rutgers has needed to undergo does take time before the program can start going toe-to-toe with division opponents like Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State. It may end up being another work in progress this upcoming season.
Brown will replace Shane Burnham as defensive line coach. Burnham left Rutgers for a job at UCF with new head coach Josh Heupel.