Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
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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.
During his six years at Utah State, Shaver has been part of a Utah State program that played in a school-record five-straight bowl games, to go along with a 2012 Western Athletic Conference championship.
As Utah State’s co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach in 2016, USU allowed just 176.5 passing yards per game, which ranked third in the Mountain West and 10th nationally. USU also ranked fourth in the conference and 47th in the nation in total defense (379.8 ypg). In 2016, Shaver coached Marquan Ellison, who signed a NFL free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2015, Shaver coached a cornerbacks group that helped Utah State’s defense rank 12th nationally, allowing just 180.5 passing yards per game, and 17th nationally in total defense, allowing just 332.5 yards per game. Highlighting USU’s cornerbacks was sophomore Jalen Davis, who earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors.
During the 2014 season, Shaver coached Davis, who earned True Freshman All-America honors from 247Sports.
Utah State’s defense finished the 2014 season ranking among the top 30 in the nation in 10 categories, including ranking first in the Mountain West and 12th in the nation in scoring defense at 19.7 points per game. USU also ranked first in the MW and fourth nationally in both sacks (3.57 pg) and tackles for loss (8.1 pg), second in the MW and eighth in the nation in passes intercepted (19), second in the MW and ninth in the nation in defensive touchdowns (5), second in the MW and 11th in the nation in turnovers forced (30), second in the MW and 17th nationally in passing efficiency defense (111.42), first in the MW and 24th in the nation in rushing defense (130.7 ypg), second in the MW and 25th in the nation in opponents third down conversion percentage (.358), and second in the MW and 30th nationally in total defense (356.1 ypg).
In 2013, 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 MW and eighth in the nation in rushing defense (106.7 ypg), its fewest since 1968, first in the MW and 12th in the nation in total defense (330.9 ypg), and first in the MW 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.
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 is currently with the Indianapolis Colts after signing as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.
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-WAC defensive backs, including 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.
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).
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 coaching full-time.
Shaver, who 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, served an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Oakland Raiders in 2014.
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