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Linebacker Highest Selected USU Player Since Rulon Jones In 1980
Recruiting Area: Texas (Houston)
Kevin Clune (Kloon) is entering his fifth year with the Utah State football staff serving as the Aggies' linebackers coach.
During the 2012 season, Clune helped Utah State's defense rank first in the Western Athletic Conference 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 (73-222).
During the 2012 season, Clune coached two inside linebackers who earned all-WAC honors in junior Jake Doughty and sophomore Zach Vigil.
As a junior, Doughty led the team and ranked second in the WAC with 109 tackles (8.4 pg), while adding 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Vigil finished his sophomore season ranking second on the team and tied for fourth in the WAC with 105 tackles (8.1 pg). Vigil also led the team and ranked tied for fifth in the WAC in both sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (9.50), to go along with five quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one pass breakup and a blocked punt against Utah that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
In 2011, Clune coached first-team all-WAC linebacker Bobby Wagner, who led the league and ranked eighth in the nation in tackles with 147 tackles (11.3 pg). Wagner earned first-team all-WAC accolades for the third-straight season becoming just the eighth player in school history to be named first-team all-conference three times.
Wagner also led the Utah State defensive unit with 11.5 tackles for loss, adding four sacks and two interceptions. He was also named the North's Most Outstanding Player in the 2012 Senior Bowl, snaring an interception to go along with seven tackles.
Wagner, who ended his career with 446 career tackles to rank first all-time in the WAC and tied for first all-time in school history, was drafted in the second round (47) in 2012 by the Seattle Seahawks and is the highest drafted Aggie since Rulon Jones was the 42nd overall pick in the second round in 1980 by the Denver Broncos.
In 2011, Clune helped Utah State lead the WAC in total defense (366.2 ypg), as well as ranking second in the league in both rushing defense (127.7 ypg) and tackles for loss (5.9 pg). The rushing defense also ranked 31st in the nation, an improvement of 57 spots from 2010, while the total defense's ranking was an improvement of 52 spots from the previous year.
In 2010, Clune mentored Wagner to lead the WAC and rank eighth in the nation with 133 tackles (11.1 pg). And in 2009, Wagner led the league and ranked tied for 22nd in the nation in tackles with 115.
Clune came to Utah State after four years as Weber State's defensive coordinator (2005-08), helping the Wildcats to a share of the 2008 Big Sky Conference title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
During the 2008 season, Clune's defense was fourth in the Big Sky in total defense (363.9 ypg), as well as leading the Big Sky in pass defense (208.4 ypg). Weber State also led the league in pass efficiency defense (109.4), which ranked 17th in FCS.
Under Clune, Weber State's defense was ranked second in the Big Sky in both 2006 and 2007. The 2007 Wildcat defense yielded an average of just 348.4 yards per game. WSU also ranked first in the league in pass defense (212.2 ypg) and third in rushing defense (136.2 ypg).
During his tenure at Weber State, Clune coached 15 all-Big Sky Conference winners, including nine in 2008 and a second-team All-American in 2005 in Brady Fosmark.
Clune also served as defensive coordinator at Southern Utah in 2003 and 2004 until joining the Weber State staff in 2005.
While at Southern Utah, Clune mentored outside linebacker Nick DiPadova, who earned second-team NCAA Division I-AA All-America honors in 2004 and was honorable mention in 2003. Marques Harris also earned third-team NCAA Division I-AA All-American accolades in 2004 as well.
Clune was a graduate assistant coach on the Utah staff in 2001 and 2002 working with both the running backs and linebackers. He also spent time on the football staffs at Occidental College and Fullerton Junior College coaching the defensive line and linebackers as well as the special teams coordinator. Clune also coached at Dos Pueblos High School and Palma High School.
Clune was a defensive lineman at Fullerton JC for one year and spent one season at the University of San Diego.
Clune earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 2000.
Kevin Clune File Coaching History: 2009- Utah State -- Linebackers 2005-08 Weber State -- Defensive Coordinator 2003-04 Southern Utah -- Defensive Coordinator 2001-02 Utah -- Graduate Assistant 2000 Occidental College -- Defensive Line 1996-99 Fullerton JC -- Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers 1993-94 Dos Pueblos (Calif.) HS -- Linebackers 1991-92 Palma (Calif.) HS -- Defensive Line/Receivers