Johnson promotes defensive assistants

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Defense was the backbone of Vanderbilt's 7-6 finish last season, which means coach Bobby Johnson is making sure that he takes care of his defensive coaches.

Bruce Fowler, who's name came up at Oklahoma State during the offseason, has been promoted to assistant head coach in charge of Vanderbilt's defense. Also, defensive backs coach Jamie Bryant has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Bryant oversaw one of the best defensive backfields in the SEC last season.

The Commodores were second in the SEC in forced turnovers a year ago (30) and were fifth in sacks (30).

Johnson also announced that defensive line coach Rick Logo and running backs coach Des Kitchings would serve as co-special-teams coordinators.

Here's the official release from Vanderbilt.