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Scouting Report: San Jose State Defensive Coordinator Derrick Odum

We continue our scouting report series by highlighting the San Jose State Spartans' new defensive coordinator Derrick Odum. We reached out to, again, BeaverBlitz.com publisher Angie Machado for her insights on him from covering Oregon State:


Question, InsideTheSpartans.com: What was the reaction from Oregon State's side by Odum's move? Was he perceived as someone ready to take on an FBS coordinator job? Was it considered to be a loss?

Answer, Angie Machodo - BeaverBlitz.com: Coach Odum’s departure was a big loss for the Beavers, but not completely unexpected as he wanted to be a defensive coordinator and the Beavers went with the experience of Kevin Clune over Odum a year ago when Kalani Sitake left to be the head coach at BYU.  Odum, like Brennan has a great personality and is a ‘high energy’ guy.  He too has learned from several top defensive minds and is considered a great recruiter.

Q: What were considered as Odum's strengths and weaknesses?

A: Expect Coach Odum to mirror Coach Brennan’s philosophy on the importance of recruiting.  It is the lifeblood of any program and I envision Odum and Brennan working not only to identify talent that fits the team’s needs, but also personalities that fit with the type of program they are trying to build at SJSU.  This is something that both learned at Oregon State, a program that isn’t on the same level historically as a UCLA or USC, so finding good fits, both on the field and within the program become even more important.

Q: Any examples of either: Recruits that he was the primary recruiter for, or exceptional players he developed?

Coach Odum was responsible for recruiting cornerback Treston Decoud at Oregon State.  Decoud is currently training for the NFL Draft.

Q:  What type of defensive scheme can SJSU fans expect from Odum?

Odum is a defensive back mind who I expect will really mix things up on the defense at San Jose State.  At Oregon State, the Beavers ran a base 3-4 defense, but would throw in a 4-3 on occasion and had several nickel and dime packages.  I expect Odum to evaluate what he has, personnel wise, and then create a defense based upon their skill set.  He will be not be one dimensional, that is for certain.

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