UConn took a major hit today when defensive coordinator Don Brown decided to take the same job with Steve Addazio at Boston College.
Brown spent two seasons with the Huskies, and his defenses were among the best in the league both years. His group ranked No. 1 in the Big East this season, and was the biggest reason why UConn was in contention for a bowl game until the very end of the season.
Yawin Smallwood, Sio Moore and Trevardo Williams all were honored as first-team selections -- Williams led the Big East in sacks playing under Brown the last two seasons. UConn just had three defensive players selected to the Senior Bowl as well -- Williams, and cornerbacks Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz.
“Coach Addazio has presented me with a great challenge – one that I am very excited about,” Brown said in a statement. "I’m excited to be back in the ACC. The positive thing for me is that I’m a New England guy. I’m from Massachusetts. Coaching at Boston College has always been a wish of mine. I’m a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. From day one, we’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to attack the line of scrimmage. We’re going to get after the quarterback. We’re going to play with our hair on fire on defense. I’m a big believer in playing for tackles for loss and being disruptive and making life difficult for the quarterback. We’re going to attack. That’s the style of defense that I’ve employed. We’re going to fly around and attack the pass."
Brown is the second defensive coordinator to leave his position this week for a job in the ACC. Dave Huxtable left his coordinator job at for NC State.