Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
Utah State Football Concludes Fourth Week of Spring Practice With Both Sides of the Ball Making Plays In Controlled Scrimmage
Offensive highlights for Utah State included senior running back Joey DeMartino who had eight carries for 47 yards with three touchdowns.
Todd Orlando Brings Experience, Enthusiasm, Excitement and Energy With Him as Utah State's New Defensive Coordinator
Orlando comes to Utah State after spending the previous two years as defensive coordinator at Florida International.
Offensively, Utah State scored three touchdowns and added three field goals.
Orlando has coached in eight bowl games during his professional career and has been a part of two conference championships.
Todd Orlando, who has 18 years of coaching experience including nine as a coordinator, is in his second season as Utah State's defensive coordinator and safeties coach. In all, he has coached in seven bowl games and been part of two conference championships.
During his first season at Utah State, Orlando's Aggie defense ranked 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 allowed 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 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.
Utah State's defense finished the 2013 season holding five of its final seven opponents to 14 or fewer points and did not give up more than 24 points in its last seven games, while its 14 points allowed to No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl was a USU bowl game record. USU also played in back-to-back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history and won just its third bowl game ever in 2013.
Utah State was also the only team in the nation not to allow a touchdown run of 10 or more yards in 2013, and allowed just two 100-yard rushers, while limiting its opponents to just 13 points following 16 turnovers.
During the 2013 season, Orlando had eight defensive players earn various all-Mountain West honors, including a pair of safeties in Maurice Alexander and Brian Suite, as both were named to the honorable mention team. Alexander was also one of a school-record four Aggies to participate in the NFL Combine and was selected in the fourth round (110th pick) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Prior to Utah State, Orlando spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Florida International (2011-12), helping the Panthers reach the 2011 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl. During his two years at FIU, Orlando mentored five players who earned various all-Sun Belt Conference honors a total of seven times, including safety Jonathan Cyprien and defensive lineman Tourek Williams who both earned first-team all-league honors. Cyprien was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 33rd pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.
During his first year at Florida International in 2011, the Panthers' defense ranked 13th nationally in pass efficiency defense (111.98), 14th in scoring defense (19.46 ppg), tied for 15th in sacks (2.69 pg), 22nd in rushing defense (118.08 ypg) and 30th in total defense (344.69 ypg). In 2012, FIU ranked 36th nationally in rushing defense (140.83 ypg).
Orlando went to Florida International after a 12-year stint at Connecticut, including six seasons (2005-10) as the defensive coordinator. In 2010, Orlando's defense helped the Huskies capture the Big East Championship and play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
In his first year as defensive coordinator at Connecticut in 2006, the Huskies led the Big East Conference in total defense (297.1 ypg), its fewest since 1979. In 2007, Connecticut won the Big East Championship behind the nation's 10th-ranked passing efficiency defense and the 14th best scoring defense (19.0 ppg).
Orlando's work with middle linebacker Danny Lansanah in 2007 helped earn the senior a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers, while weakside linebacker Lawrence Wilson was named a second-team Freshman All-American. Orlando also mentored linebacker Alfred Fincher who was chosen in the third round by the New Orleans Saints in 2005, becoming the first Husky drafted in 11 years.
Prior to Connecticut, Orlando spent three seasons as the inside linebackers coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Orlando began his coaching career holding the position of defensive coordinator at Central Catholic High School (1994) and Fox Chapel Area High School (1995) in Pennsylvania.
Orlando was a three-year letterwinner at inside linebacker at Wisconsin and a member of the 1994 Big Ten Championship team that defeated UCLA in the Badgers' first Rose Bowl appearance since 1963.
Orlando, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Wisconsin in 1994. He is married to the former Amy Gilmore and the couple has two daughters, Taylor (18) and Addison (1).
TODD ORLANDO FILE Coaching History: 2013- Utah State - Defensive Coordinator/Safeties 2011-12 Florida International - Defensive Coordinator 2005-10 Connecticut - Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers 1999-2004 Connecticut - Inside Linebackers 1996-98 Pennsylvania - Linebackers 1995 Fox Chapel Area (Pa.) HS - Defensive Coordinator 1994 Central Catholic (Pa.) HS - Defensive Coordinator