Without a defensive coordinator -- sources confirmed on Friday that Washington's Jimmy Lake turned the Bears down -- California head coach Justin Wilcox is expected to hire Montana State defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander, a five-year NFL veteran, as his defensive backs coach.
Alexander had, in recent days, given clues to his move, by posting photos of Bay Area rappers Mac Dre, E-40, Keak Da Sneak, Mistah F.A.B. and Too Short to his Twitter account, with no comment, until late Sunday night, when he changed his Twitter bio to read: "Husband. Father. Played some football and now teaching others to play it better than I ever did. Defensive Backs Coach UC Berkeley".
With that change also came a farewell message to his former employer:
Cal has not yet officially announced the hire, but is expected to in the coming days. Anyone familiar with the hiring process knows that the paperwork involved takes some time to process, especially at UC Berkeley. A Cal spokesperson could not be reached for immediate comment.
A graduate of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) in Southern California, Alexander crossed paths with Wilcox when the former was a player at Boise State from 2002-06, and Wilcox was a defensive graduate assistant in 2002.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1736534-bearterritory-gift... The 32-year old Alexander was a four-time first-team All-WAC corner, and was a team captain on the Broncos' first Fiesta Bowl team, which scored an improbable win over Oklahoma in 2006. He was then picked in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Over five seasons in the NFL, with the Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, Alexander tallied 159 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions.
Once he hung up the cleats, he returned to Rancho Cucamonga as a volunteer assistant in 2012, and in 2013 served as a graduate assistant at Arkansas State. In 2014, he took graduate assistant job with his former college coach, Chris Petersen, at Washington. While there, Alexander worked and learned under Lake, coaching defensive backs.
That season, the Huskies were 120th in the nation in passing yards allowed with 286.6 (Cal was 125th with 367.2), but were tied for 38th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in interceptions (13).
In 2015, Alexander took the full-time secondary coach job at Indiana State, before taking the DBs job at Montana State in December of 2015. The Sycamores ranked 53rd in passer efficiency defense (123.16), 52nd in passing defense (207.8 ypg) and 41st in interceptions (11).
In the spring of 2016, Alexander took advantage of the Bill Walsh Minority Internship Program and worked with the Tennessee Titans during mini-camp, and then in the summer, worked the first two weeks of training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last season, the Bobcats were 90th in the Football Championship Subdivision with 242.7 passing yards allowed per game, but eighth in passing yards per completion allowed (10.77). Montana State also ranked 63rd in the FCS in passes intercepted (10), and 50th in passer efficiency defense (123.59).