Yates Expected To Be DB Coach

With the hiring of defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, the remaining defensive coaching spots are starting to fill up. Sources in Idaho indicate that Boise State defensive backs coach Marcel Yates is expected to accept a similar position on the Texas A&M staff. Details are inside.

According to media sources in Idaho, veteran defensive backs coach Marcel Yates is set to accept a similar position on Kevin Sumlin's staff at Texas A&M.

"…Yates has decided to leave the Broncos to take a job at Texas A&M," stated Chad Crippe of Idahostatesman.com in his online column Wednesday night.

Yates has been on the Boise State staff for nine years and earned the title of defensive passing game coordinator last season. He was also considered one of the top recruiters on Chris Peterson's staff with extensive contacts in the greater Los Angeles area and also in Texas.

With Yates overseeing the Bronco secondary, Gerald Alexander became the first defensive back in school history to be selected in the National Football League Draft. Alexander went in the second round to the Detroit Lions in 2007, and since his selection three more Bronco defensive backs were selected in the draft. Kyle Wilson became the second Bronco to be selected in the first round in 2010 (29th overall; New York Jets), Orlando Scandrick went in the fifth round to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and Brandyn Thompson was selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round in 2011.

Yates' oversight of Boise State's defensive backs has paid phenomenal gains. In 2010, the Bronco defense finished the season ranked fourth-nationally in pass defense (150.92), and was also second-nationally in both total defense (254.69) and scoring defense (12.77). Additionally, Boise State led the nation in sacks (3.69), ranked second in the country in both tackles-for-loss (8.38) and pass efficiency defense (95.19), and seventh-nationally in rushing defense (103.77) - leading the WAC in each category.

Three of the four starting members of his defensive backfield garnered all-conference recognition following 2010, with safeties Jeron Johnson and George Iloka each earning first-team honors and Thompson earning second-team accolades.

In 2009, the Bronco secondary accounted for 16 of Boise State's 24 interceptions. The Broncos were led by Wilson, who earned first-team All-WAC honors after recording 43 tackles and three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Wilson was also voted second-team Associated Press All-America following his senior year.

In 2008, Yates led a Bronco secondary that recorded 17 of Boise State's 22 interceptions. Wilson led the way once again, earning first-team All-WAC honors after recording 35 tackles (26 unassisted), five interceptions and 15 pass break-ups. Wilson ranked second in the WAC in interceptions and tied for 18th-nationally for passes defended. Marty Tadman and Wilson earned first- and second-team All-WAC honors, respectively, in 2007. Tadman was also a second-team All-WAC selection and Defensive MVP of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in 2006, while Wilson was named honorable mention Freshman All-America by The Sporting News. Scandrick was also named to a pair of freshman All-America teams after starting 12 of Boise State's 13 games.

Prior to joining the Bronco staff, Yates helped lead Montana State to an overall record of 7-5 in 2002, which culminated in the school's first Big Sky Conference Championship and its first NCAA Division 1-AA playoff appearance in 18 years.


Bio excerpts courtesy of Boise State Athletics website

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