Texas A&M has hired former Purdue assistant coach Terrell Williams as Mike Sherman's new defensive line coach.
It fills a position created when former defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt resigned to accept the position at Kansas on Turner Gill's new staff, the San Antonio Express-News reports. It was the first hiring by new Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
Williams, 35, has come to A&M after four seasons coaching the Boilermakers' defensive linemen. He comes with a strong reputation for developing individual talents such as Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril, Alex Magee, Mike Neal and Ryan Kerrigan.
The Boilermakers ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally in 2009 as they averaged 2.67 sacks per game. Kerrigan was third nationally with an average of 1.08 sacks per game.
But the Boilermakers struggled mightily against the run, ranking 94th nationally and last in the Big Ten conference against the run. Purdue was gashed for at least 200 yards rushing in four different games during its 5-7 season. Additionally, the Boilermakers yielded 26 rushing touchdowns to rank tied for 100th nationally and in front of only Florida State (27 rushing touchdowns allowed), A&M (29 rushing touchdowns allowed) and Washington State (35 touchdowns allowed) among schools in conferences with automatic BCS berths.
A&M fans continue to hope that legendary former A&M player Dat Nguyen eventually will end up on DeRuyter's staff. Kines coached linebackers in addition to being the defensive coordinator. DeRuyter had no specific positional duties at the Air Force Academy and may be inclined to head to that position on his new staff, freeing up a spot for the former Lombardi and Bednarik award winner on his staff.