What Oregon needs in its new defensive coordinator

Andy Avalos

OR defensive coordinator Andy Avalos is finalizing a deal to become the next coach at Boise State, according to sources.

Avalos will replace Bryan Harsin, who left the program in December to become Auburn's coach.

"We did our due diligence with this search in a very short period of time, and this was a national search, not just something we were looking at keeping within the family, " said new athletic director Jeremiah Dickey, who was hired by the school just a week ago.

While Boise State vetted several candidates, they settled on Avalos. He racked up 365 career tackles and was named an All-WAC first-team selection in 2003 and 2004. In his final game at Boise State, Avalos had a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown against No. 7 Louisville in the Liberty Bowl.

The former Bronco linebacker and assistant coach is leaving the Oregon Ducks to become Boise State's next head football coach. He later served as the Broncos' linebackers coach before becoming their defensive coordinator in 2016. In his last season at Boise State in 2018, the Broncos led the nation with 17 bobble recuperations and completed No. 20 nationally with 24 takeaways. OR additionally led the Pac-12 in the two interceptions and constrained turnovers in Avalos' first year and have won the Pac-12 title in every one of his two seasons.

In 2019, Avalos was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, recognizing the nation's top assistant coach, after overseeing an OR defense that finished ninth nationally in scoring.

Boise State finished second in the Mountain West Conference this past season with a 5-2 record.



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