Every Monday, The SEC Blog will feature an assistant coach in the SEC. This week, we take a look at Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.
It goes without saying that this a season of change in College Station. Texas A&M has a new conference, new coach, new quarterback and new coordinators that bring new schemes on both sides of the ball.
Not exactly the stability you need to be successful in the SEC West.
While the switch to the air-raid offense will steal headlines, new Aggie defensive coordinator Mark Snyder has his work cut out for him as he will transition Texas A&M's defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3.
The Aggie defense was a sore spot last season. They sputtered to finish 59th in the nation in total defense (378.1 yards per game) and 109th in passing defense (276.3 ypg).
Where will Texas A&M finish in the SEC in total defense in 2012?
Snyder comes to College Station after two years at South Florida as the defensive coordinator of the Bulls. During his time in Tampa, his team finished 17th in the nation in total defense in 2010 (318.3 ypg) and 39th in 2011 (351.8 ypg).
Prior to his time at South Florida, Snyder was the head coach at Marshall from 2005-09. He amassed a 22-37 record as the head coach of his alma mater before resigning at the end of the 2009 season.
Snyder is perhaps best known for his time as the defensive coordinator of the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2001-04. He was at the controls of Ohio State's defense when the Buckeyes defeated Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl to win the 2002 BCS National Championship.
Texas A&M may have led the nation in sacks last season with 51, but Snyder wants to attack more, according to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.
He's got a few weapons to do it.
Sean Porter is an established star at linebacker, and he will be joined at linebacker by leading returning tackler Jonathan Stewart and Steven Jenkins. Damontre Moore is moving from outside linebacker to defensive end in the 4-3 and should find his way into the opposition's backfield early and often in 2012.
There's a decent foundation for Snyder to work with in College Station, but that didn't translate into defensive success last season. Snyder's experience should serve the Aggies well, but it's clear that he has his work cut out for him in 2012.