Tampa Bay linebackers coach Robb Smith has been named the new defensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas, confirming 5NEWS partner Bo Mattingly’s report earlier in the week. Smith will also coach the secondary.
“I’ve been able to watch Robb Smith grow in the profession, and I know he’ll bring in an attacking defensive philosophy that is built specifically to stop offenses in the SEC,” Coach Bret Bielema said. “Robb has been promoted time and time again at every place he’s been. With his background, he captivates a room no matter where he is and players gravitate towards him. He’s demonstrated an understanding of what it takes to build a team into a championship program.”
Smith, 38, spent the 2013 season as linebackers coach for the Buccaneers after 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, which included four seasons at Rutgers University where he was defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 2012.
That season, Rutgers ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed per game (14.2), sixth in rush yards allowed per game (95.2), 10th in total defense (311.6 yards per game) and tied for third in rushing touchdowns allowed (6).
Smith fills the position after Chris Ash left for Ohio State.