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Grad assistants earning their opportunity to coach

It looks as though not as many grad assistants will move up to full-time positions this off-season as last year. According to our research, 24 grad assistants landed full-time D1 coaching positions last off-season. Less than 15 have made the jump this year, so far.

Here's a rundown of the grad assistants that have landed full-time D1 jobs this off-season:

Randy Edsall hired LSU offensive quality control John Dunn as tight ends coach. Dunn was on the LSU staff with new Maryland offensive coordinator Gary Crowton.

Troy head coach Larry Blakeney hired Texas Tech grad assistant Sean Reagan to coach the quarterbacks.

Bill Cubit hired North Carolina offensive grad assistant Josh Gattis to coach the wide receivers at Western Michigan.

Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell hired Northwestern special teams quality control Jafar Williams as running backs coach.


Dan Mullen and Larry Fedora each promoted grad assistants to serve as wide receiver coaches. At Southern Miss, Fedora promoted Walt Bell to wide receivers coach. Mullen promoted Angelo Mirando to wide receivers coach.

Derek Dooley promoted defensive grad assistant Peter Sirmon to linebackers coach.

At Utah State, Gary Anderson promoted defensive grad assistant Frank Maile to defensive line coach.

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UL-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth brought Marquase Lovings from Mississippi State to UL-Lafayette, where he will coach the running backs. Lovings served as the defensive grad assistant for the Bulldogs last season.

Steve Addazio hired his grad assistant at Florida, Justin Frye, to coach the offensive line at Temple. Frye actually went briefly to North Texas with Dan McCarney, but then decided to join the Temple staff under Addazio.

Darrell Hazell hired Ohio State defensive quality control Marcus Freeman as linebackers coach.

Don Treadwell brought Michigan State grad assistant Zak Willis with him to Miami (OH). Willis will serve as the special teams coach / recruiting coordinator. Michigan State intern Nick Siatris also followed Treadwell to Miami (OH). He will serve as the defensive tackles coach.

Dan McCarney hired Florida grad assistant Anthony Weaver as linebackers coach at North Texas.

Here is the complete list of coaches that went from a grad assistant position to full-time D1 coach last year:

James Bettcher - Ball State (Defensive ends)

Marty Spieler - Buffalo (Tight ends / assistant special teams coordinator)

Mike Daniels - Buffalo (Running backs)

Kort Shankweiler - Central Michigan (Running backs)

Jared Allen - Florida Atlantic (Wide receivers)

Lamar Owens - Georgia Tech (A backs)

Kliff Kingsbury – Houston (Co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks)

Ryan Solesky – Louisville (DFO)

JaJuan Seider - Marshall (Running backs)

Zach Smith - Marshall (Wide receivers)

Sedrick Irvin - Memphis (Running backs)

Adam Braithwaite - Michigan ( Safeties)

Napolean Sykes - Navy (Safeties)

Brian Haines - Ohio (Tight ends)

Scott Turner - Pitt (Wide receivers)

Bryant Young - San Jose State (Defensive line)

Charles Clark - San Jose State (Defensive backs)

Louis Ayeni - Toledo (Running backs)

Sonny Cumbie - Texas Tech (Inside receivers)

Clark Lea - UCLA (Linebackers)

Jovan Bouknight - Utah State (Wide receivers)

Robert Rodriguez - UTEP (Linebackers)

Terry Obee - Western Kentucky (Wide receivers)