Who is Vance Bedford?
Howie Lindsey's profile:
VANCE BEDFORD FILE
Feb. 2008 - Present Florida (Cornerbacks)
2007 Michigan (Secondary)
2005-2006 Oklahoma State (Defensive Coordinator)
1999-2004 Chicago Bears (Defensive Backs)
1995-1998 Michigan (Secondary)
1993-1994 Oklahoma State (Defensive Backs)
1987-1992 Colorado State (Defensive Backs)
1986 Navarro Junior College
1985 Forest Brook High School, Houston, Texas
Possesses 16 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent six years coaching in the National Football League.
Helped transform a UF secondary that was one of the country's worst in 2007 to one of the nation's best in 2008. Pass defense ranking improved from 98th in 2007 to 20th in 2008 and pass efficiency defense improved from 71st to number three in the country (96.7 rating).
In 2008, the UF secondary tied a school record with 26 interceptions.
Spent a total of five seasons coaching the secondary at the University of Michigan, his most recent being in 2007. Before returning to Ann Arbor, was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State for two seasons.
Began his professional coaching career as the defensive backs' coach for the Chicago Bears in 1999. He remained with the Bears until 2004, and during that time his secondary returned seven interceptions for touchdowns during a four-year stretch, equaling the team's total from the previous nine seasons combined.
First stint as the Michigan's secondary coach was from 1995-98. Michigan led the nation in pass defense in 1997 and ranked 20th in 1996. The Wolverines' 1997 national championship secondary set an NCAA record allowing just 8.8 yards per completion and finished fifth nationally by allowing just 133.8 passing yards per contest. His secondary in 1997 led the Big Ten and finished third nationally with 22 interceptions.
Prior to working at Michigan, he spent two seasons at Oklahoma State University (1993-94) and six seasons at Colorado State (1987-92) as the defensive backs' coach. His tenure at CSU led to a trip to the 1991 Freedom Bowl and his 1990 secondary set a school record and led the nation with 25 interceptions.
Prominent Players Coached
CB - CHARLES WOODSON - Won the Heisman Trophy, Bronco Nagurksi and Jim Thorpe Awards in 1997. Was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 1996. Was an All-American in 1996 and 1997. Three-time All-Big Ten selection who also won Big Ten Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player in 1997. Ranked second in the nation in interceptions and was voted Most Valuable Player during the team's 1997 championship season. Started his second game as a true freshman and played 34 straight 23 games before leaving for the NFL after his junior season. Was selected fourth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
DB - ANDRE SEXTON - Big 12 Freshman of the Year who also garnered First Team Freshman All-American honors by the Football Writers Association of America and All Big 12 Freshman honors by the Sporting News in 2006.
CB CHARLES TILLMAN - 2003 NFL Rookie of the Year who tied for the team lead and led the NFL among rookies with four interceptions during in 2003. Complied 44 tackles with one forced fumble in his sophomore campaign with the Bears in 2004.
CR JERRY AZUMAH - 2003 Pro Bowl selection who collected four interceptions and matched that number in 2004 despite playing only eight games.
CB R.W. McQUARTERS - Accumulated 268 total tackles and nine interceptions from 2000-04 with the Chicago Bears under the instruction of Bedford.
FS MIKE BROWN - Only rookie to play in 2000 season opener, eventually becoming the starting free safety in all 16 games of the season. That year he was named runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. In 2001, Brown led the team with five interceptions, including two returns for two consecutive overtime wins.
NFL Players (Round Drafted)
DB Selwyn Jones (7th) - Colorado State '92 - Cleveland Browns
CB Charles Woodson (1st) - Michigan '98 - Oakland Raiders
DB Andre Weathers (6th) - Michigan '99 - New York Giants
DE Ryan McBean (4th) - Oklahoma State '07 - Pittsburgh Steelers
S Jamar Adams (FA) - Michigan '08 - Seattle Seahawks
Check out this little tidbit from C.L. Brown:
Bedford's name had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Strong as the Gators' defensive coordinator and as a head coaching candidate at Buffalo.
Are you serious? Did we just steal Florida's 2nd in command DC? They will never admit that but this is great. Charlie poached talent from all over to build this staff and appears to be building a powerhouse of excellent coaches who can recruit the mid-west and south. Strong is an impressive guy and to be honest, I think he might be here for a long time. I have friends that are hardcore college football fans (mostly Notre Dame) that are jealous of the excitement Strong has brought to our system.
Now that Charlie Strong has rounded out his coaching staff, what do you think? What's your grade? Mine is a solid A.