Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
Football Game Notes - 1/10/13
Aggie coaches win the annual FootballScoop award.
Davis has played in all25 games for USU since transferring from De Anza College.
Bill Busch and Kendrick Shaver are up for the annual FootballScoop award.
Kendrick Shaver is entering his fourth season as cornerbacks coach at Utah State and was promoted to defensive passing game coordinator in 2014.
During the summer of 2014, Shaver served an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Oakland Raiders during their fall training camp.
During the 2013 season, Shaver helped the Aggies defense rank first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation in scoring allowing just 17.1 points per game, the second-fewest allowed by an Aggie defense since 1971. USU also ranked first in the Mountain West and eighth in the nation in rushing defense (106.7 ypg), its fewest since 1968, first in the Mountain West and 12th in the nation in total defense (330.9 ypg), and first in the Mountain West and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (113.2).
Utah State's 2013 defense also ranked sixth in the nation in the red zone, allowing opponents to score just 68.9 percent of the time, including just 19 touchdowns, to rank second nationally. Furthermore, USU's defense ranked seventh in the nation in forcing three-and-outs in 2013 with 5.6 per game, while its 7.6 tackles per loss per game ranked 10th nationally. USU's defense also ranked 11th nationally in third-down conversions at 32.6 percent.
Highlighting Utah State's defense in 2013 was senior cornerback Nevin Lawson, who was named a third-team All-American by College Sports Madness and a first-team all-Mountain West selection. Lawson was selected in the fourth round (133rd pick) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, while Tay Glover-Wright signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons and Quinton Byrd was invited to the Kansas City Chiefs rookie mini-camp.
During his senior season, Lawson ranked third in the Mountain West and 25th in the nation with 1.21 passes defended per game and finished the season ranking first on the team with 13 pass breakups and second overall with four interceptions as he was named the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Week twice.
Shaver, who was named FootballScoop.com's Co-Defensive Backs National Coach of the Year in 2012, mentored a pair of all-Western Athletic Conference defensive backs, including one All-American in Will Davis, who was named a third-team All-America by CBSSports.com, a fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele, and an honorable mention All-America by SI.com. Davis was selected in the third round (93rd pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
During the 2012 season, Shaver helped Utah State's defense rank first in the WAC and seventh in the nation in scoring defense (15.38 ppg), second in the WAC and tied for sixth nationally in sacks (3.23 pg), first in the WAC and 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (104.43), second in the WAC and 13th in the country in rushing defense (113.77 ypg), first in the WAC and 15th in the nation in total defense (322.08 ypg), and first in the WAC and 32nd in the nation in passing defense (208.31 ypg).
Utah State's defense also led the WAC and ranked second in the nation in red zone efficiency at 63.6 percent allowing just 13 touchdowns and 15 field goals on 44 trips inside the 20. USU's defense also ranked eighth in the nation forcing 5.08 three-and-outs per game in 2012, while ranking 21st in third down efficiency at 32.88 percent (73-of-222).
During his first year at Utah State in 2011, Shaver's cornerbacks helped anchor an Aggie defense that finished the year ranking first in the WAC and 50th in the nation in total defense (366.23 ypg), second in the WAC and 31st in the nation in rushing defense (127.70 ypg), second in the WAC and 53rd nationally in tackles for loss (5.92 pg), third in the WAC and 48th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (125.58), and third in the WAC and 59th in the nation in sacks (1.92 pg).
Under Shaver, Utah State's cornerbacks had three of the top five tacklers on the team in 2011 led by Lawson and Jumanne Robertson who ranked fourth and fifth on the team in stops with 73 and 48, respectively. Robertson ended the season leading the team with 12 pass breakups, while Lawson was second with 10. Lawson also had one interception and one fumble recovery in 2011.
Prior to joining Utah State's staff, Shaver spent four years (2007-10) as the secondary coach at Northern Colorado. Shaver was also the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (2006), and defensive and special teams graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky (2004-05). He began his coaching career at Hillcrest (Mo.) High School, where he coached defensive backs and wide receivers in 2002.
A native of Eufaula, Okla., Shaver played two seasons (1998-99) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College before transferring to Missouri State, where he was a free safety and cornerback in 2000 and 2001. With 11 pass breakups in 2001, Shaver is presently tied for No. 6 on MSU's single-season pass defense list. Shaver spent the 2003 season playing for the Sioux Falls Storm of the NIFL before committing to coaching full-time.
Shaver graduated from Missouri State with a bachelor's degree in business in 2002 and went on to earn his master's degree in physical education in 2005 from Eastern Kentucky.
KENDRICK SHAVER FILE Coaching History: 2014- Utah State - Defensive Passing Game Coordinator/Cornerbacks 2011-13 Utah State - Cornerbacks 2007-10 Northern Colorado - Secondary 2006 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M - Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator/Academics Monitor 2004-05 Eastern Kentucky - Defensive & Special Teams Graduate Assistant 2002 Hillcrest (Mo.) HS - Defensive Backs/Wide Receivers