New Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen has wasted no time hiring a new defensive coordinator--and Petersen went to the PAC-10 to get him. Petersen reached out and grabbed Justin Wilcox away from the California Golden Bears. Wilcox, 29, is the son of former Bronco and San Francisco 49er linebacker Dave Wilcox, and spent the last three seasons as linebackers coach for Cal. Prior to that service in the PAC-10, Wilcox spent two years as a graduate assistant at Boise State working with the Broncos' "Sam" linebackers. Wilcox replaces outgoing coordinator Ron Collins at Boise State.
Wilcox has already built an impressive resume. He helped the Bears achieve their highest national ranking (#4) in 52 years in 2004. In the process, they shut out Arizona and Arizona State in back to back weekends, the first time they've had back-to-back shutouts in 36 years. The Cal defense ranked 4th in scoring defense and 14th in total defense. In 2002, Wilcox helped coach a Boise State team that finished the season ranked in the top 15 nationally. In his playing days, Wilcox was a defensive back at Oregon from 1995-99 where he earned second-team All-PAC 10 honors.
Wilcox looks to improve on a Boise State defense that was 51st in the country in scoring defense, allowing 24.4 points per game. California ranked 26th in the country this year in that category.