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6. Steve Wilks

Missouri Defense Coordinator

Coach Eli Drinkwitz took an unconventional approach to revitalizing Missouri’s defenses. A longtime NFL coach, Wilks has not worked on a college campus since 2005 and spent the 2020 season studying the nuances of modern offenses.

Wilks was the NFL coordinator for the Panthers and Browns and spent the 2018 season as head coach in Arizona. The Tigers are building on his track record to both stabilize a unit that struggled last year and to entice recruits with his NFL pedigree.

“Experience is the best teacher,” said Drinkwitz. “So he can come in right now and tell these guys, ‘Hey, do you want to play in the NFL? These are the things you have to do. ‘”

7. Liam Coen

Kentucky Offensive Coordinator

Here’s another NFL import. When Kentucky’s Stoops needed a new voice to handle his offensive, he turned to the pros and hired Coen from the Los Angeles Rams staff. (He coached Sean McVay’s receivers and quarterbacks for the past three years.)

Coen is only 35 years old and has never trained on a power five team – his college experience gathered in Brown, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine – but Stoops hopes that with more creativity, McVay’s influence will pay off and he becomes the Wildcats version of Joe Brady, the little-known NFL subordinate who revolutionized the Louisiana state offense through to the 2019 national championship.

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