Hogs Name Clay Jennings New Defensive Backs Coach

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University of Arkansas football head coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday the hiring of Clay Jennings as defensive backs coach. Jennings has spent the last six years as cornerbacks coach at TCU.

“I’m thrilled to add Clay Jennings to our staff as his experience blends well with our defensive coaches’ philosophy and terminology,” Bielema said. “He was an instrumental part of a defensive unit at TCU known for giving an opposing offense a variety of looks while keeping schemes simple for their own players. In addition, his knowledge of the recruiting landscape in Texas will be a great benefit to our program.”

Jennings joined the TCU football staff in January 2008.  In his first three seasons with the Horned Frogs, TCU led the nation in total defense. From 2008-10, TCU became just the third program in NCAA history to lead the nation in total defense in three consecutive seasons.

Jennings worked two seasons (2005-06) as safeties coach at Houston. He helped the Cougars to back-to-back bowl appearances and the 2006 Conference USA championship.

Prior to his two-year stint at Houston, Jennings spent two seasons (2003-04) as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to a No. 11 national ranking in pass defense.
Clay Jennings Coaching History

Feb. 2014 – Pres.         Arkansas (Defensive Backs)

2008 – Feb. 2014          TCU (Cornerbacks)

2007                             Baylor (Cornerbacks)

2005-06                        Houston (Safeties)

2003-04                        Louisiana-Lafayette (Secondary)

2001-02                        Sam Houston State (Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator)

2000                             Southern Arkansas (Secondary)

1999                             Morningside (Secondary)

1998                             Morehouse (Secondary)

1997                             North Texas (Graduate Assistant)

1996                             North Texas (Student Assistant)

1 Comment

  • Tim Goff

    Sounds pretty good. I like the sound of showing offences different looks. Now make sure we get mentally sharp and add speed and physicality to the mix. You’re really going to struggle in the SEC without speed and being very physical.

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