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Oregon names Tim DeRuyter defensive coordinator, outside linebackers coach

EUGENE, Ore. -- Former California associate head coach Tim DeRuyter has been named Oregon's defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach.

DeRuyter replaces Andy Avalos, who left the Ducks to become head coach at Boise State.

DeRuyter had been on Cal's staff since 2017, first as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach before serving as co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach last year.

Before that, DeRuyter was head coach at Fresno State from 2012-16. He also had defensive coordinator stints at Texas A&M, Air Force, Nevada, Ohio and Navy over his lengthy career.

"We are excited to add a coach of the caliber and experience as Coach DeRuyter to lead our defense," Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said in a statement Thursday. "He is a proven difference maker with a track record for developing players to their full potential, and he has accelerated significant improvement in all of his stops as a defensive coordinator."

Oregon went 4-3 (3-2 Pac-12) last season. The Ducks defeated USC 31-24 in the Pac-12 championship game before losing to Iowa State 34-17 in the Fiesta Bowl.