DeRuyter to take over A&M defense

Texas A&M has hired Tim DeRuyter to be the Aggies' defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, the school announced Thursday.

DeRuyter, 47, was defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Air Force for three years. In 2009, Air Force finished 11th in the NCAA in total defense, allowing 288.31 yards per game. The pass defense was fifth in the nation.

"After an extensive process, it became very apparent that Tim is the right fit for Texas A&M," Aggies coach Mike Sherman said in a release. "He would not leave the Air Force Academy except for a special place. He has a great appreciation for the history, the traditions and the values of Texas A&M."

DeRuyter replaces Joe Kines, who retired after his second season at Texas A&M.

"This is a great opportunity for me," DeRuyter said in a release. "I tried hard to find a chink in the armor in something related to Texas A&M or Coach Sherman, but I could not find it. The football program and coaches, the academics, the community and everything is first class and we are excited to join Coach Sherman's staff."