Todd Orlando leaves for Houston

Todd Orlando will move on to Houston and Matt Wells starts a search for the new coach. There are many candidates to choose from on the staff and recently on the staff.

Todd Orlando is leaving Utah State. He joins a hot young head coach in Coach Hermann and will live in Houston. There are some that would say that Coach Orlando was happy to leave Utah State. That is the case but doubling his salary is obviously a huge factor.

Under Orlando's direction, Utah State ranked 12th nationally in scoring defense in 2014 (19.7 ppg) and seventh nationally in 2013 (17.1 ppg). USU’s defense also ranked third nationally with 50 sacks in 2014 and second nationally with 114 tackles for loss. In his two-years at USU, Orlando’s defense ranked eighth nationally with 59 turnovers, ranking 10th nationally in 2014 with 30 turnovers including 19 interceptions, a number that ranked eighth-best nationally.

Utah State’s defense also ranked 17th nationally and second in the Mountain West with a pass efficiency defense of 111.42 during the 2014 season, while its rushing defense led the league with an average of 130.7 yards per game. USU’s defense was also second in the league with 356.1 yards allowed per game.

During the 2014 season, Utah State led the Mountain West with four first-team all-conference defenders in senior DE B.J. Larsen, senior SS Frankie Sutera, senior LB Zach Vigil and sophomore LB Nick Vigil. Zach Vigil was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time All-American.

During his first season at Utah State, Orlando's Aggie defense ranked first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation in scoring allowing just 17.1 points per game, the second-fewest allowed by an Aggie defense since 1971. USU also ranked first in the Mountain West and eighth in the nation in rushing defense (106.7 ypg), its fewest allowed since 1968, first in the Mountain West and 12th in the nation in total defense (330.9 ypg), and first in the Mountain West and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (113.2).

Utah State's 2013 defense also ranked sixth in the nation in the red zone, allowing opponents to score just 68.9 percent of the time, including just 19 touchdowns, to rank second nationally. Furthermore, USU's defense ranked seventh in the nation in forcing three-and-outs with 5.6 per game, while its 7.6 tackles per loss per game ranked 10th nationally. USU's defense also ranked 11th nationally in third-down conversions at 32.6 percent.

Utah State's defense finished the 2013 season holding five of its final seven opponents to 14 or fewer points and did not give up more than 24 points in its last seven games. USU was also the only team in the nation not to allow a touchdown run of 10 or more yards in 2013, and allowed just two 100-yard rushers, while limiting its opponents to just 13 points following 16 turnovers.

So moving forward Coach Clune who is currently at Hawaii, Frank Maille at Vanderbilt and Coach Lorig currently on staff will be leading candidates. The leading outside candidate would probably be Morgan Scalley at Utah.

This will be a tough decision but still a much easier hire than Offensive Coordinator.

UPDATE

I am told that the Offensive Coordinator Position was the priority but there was some leg work at the Coaching Convention in Louisville.


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