Arizona hires Marcel Yates as Defensive Coordinator

Arizona has hired Boise State Defensive Coordinator Marcel Yates to the same position. Read on for the latest.

After much speculation, Rich Rodriguez has his man.

Arizona has announced that it has named Boise State Defensive Coordinator Marcel Yates to the same position with the Wildcats. 

A graduate of Boise State and an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2003-11, Yates returned to Boise in 2014 following two years as the co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.

Yates coaches an aggressive defense, as his squads are among the best in the country in third down conversion rate and turnovers forced.

In addition, Yates played defensive back for the Broncos from 1996-99 and was Boise State's cornerbacks coach from 2003-05 before taking over the entire secondary from 2006-11. 

He added defensive pass game coordinator responsibilities in 2011 before moving on to Texas A&M.

In his final six seasons with Boise State, five defensive backs were selected in the NFL Draft.

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