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Mullen Completes Defensive Staff Ahead of Spring Camp; Boniol Will Take Over Bulldog Special Teams

With spring football little more than a week away, Dan Mullen appears to have moved quickly to complete his staff for camp.

Brian Baker will become the new defensive line coach for the Bulldogs, per sources at Mississippi State. Baker would replace Coach David Turner, who last week accepted an offer from Texas A&M to take over their defensive line.

Mississippi State has not made an official announcement.

Baker most recently served one season as outside linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins, hired there in January 2014. He spent the 2011-12 seasons coaching defensive line for the Dallas Cowboys, the same role he served with Carolina in 2009-11.

Baker is a graduate of Maryland, where he played 1980-83 and served as a student assistant in 1984 to begin his coaching career. He has held full-time jobs at Army (fullbacks), Georgia Tech (linebackers, defensive coordinator), before moving to the NFL in 1996 with San Diego (defensive line).

He coached defensive line at Minnesota one season, then linebackers for two more before moving to St. Louis 2006-08. He has twenty seasons of coaching in the National Football League.

Along with this hiring, Mullen has filled another position on his 2016 staff. Chris Boniol is joining Mississippi State as quality control coach, and will oversee special teams as well. Boniol will not count against the NCAA limit of nine on-field assistants who can recruit off campus.

Mullen opens his eighth spring session on March 9. That will be the only practice prior to spring break, with camp resuming after the campus vacation.

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