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Former Texas Defensive Coordinator Todd Orlando Takes Same Position at FAU

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Former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is on the move once again.

Orlando spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Texas before spending the last two seasons at USC.


Now he will join FAU to serve in the same position on Willie Taggart’s staff, according to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Under Orlando’s direction, USC’s defense allowed 409.8 yards per game and 31.8 points per game in 2021. The 31.8 points per game ranked 103 out of 130 FBS teams.

When asked during the season about the defensive struggles, Orlando said that the issue was with the tackling.

“Oh, it’s just the tackling. We just keep addressing it. The fundamentals that go along with it, but just really the big vision of everybody thinks that they’re running inside of the football, and they believe that they’re the only people on the field and just supporting it from outside in and having the guys press the near hip inside out, just to create angles that are really sharp. I think one of the problems you have with it, when you’re running ahead of the football, it’s the guys that are behind you that are trying to figure out what angle you’re taking.”

Orlando now heads to an FAU team that failed to qualify for a bowl game after going 5-7 this season, including a 2-6 conference record.

Orlando replaces Mike Stoops as defensive coordinator, as Stoops took the linebackers coach position at Kentucky.

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