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Rice Lands New Defensive Coordinator
After a dismal 2010 season for the Rice Owls defense, AD Rick Greenspan decided to shake things up a bit for the Rice coaching staff. He looked for someone with defensive experience and an up and coming coach. He found AJ Cimahosky, a graduate of Penn State University, for the job. Cimahosky, a former linebacker for the Nittany Lions and a 3 time Pennsylvania state champion high school football coach, seems to be the perfect fit for the job. In his 3 championship seasons, he headed the team that averaged 3.8 points against within the 4 years of his reign as head ball coach. Cimahosky looks to lead the defensive side of the football for Rice and hopes to find success this season and turn a program that is in shambles into one of the best defensive units in the country.
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Here we will keep a weekly tab on the new addition to the Rice coaching staff, DC AJ Cimahosky, and grade his performance.
22+ sacks in one season - Progress: 7Win 4 Games in one season - Progress: 11+ defensive TD in each season - Progress: 1Under 3200 pass yards allowed in each season - Progress: 11073+ fumble recoveries in one season - Progress: 022+ sacks in each season - Progress: 7Under 2200 rush yards allowed in each season - Progress: 6373+ interceptions in one season - Progress: Passed
Coach Cimahosky Receiving Negative Attention, Makes Changes
After the week 6 loss to Memphis, Coach Cimahosky is finding his seat to be getting a little on the warm side. Memphis was a team that Rice should have beaten, but they could ran out of time and received some poor luck on the way to a 32-29 loss, sending them to 1-4 on the season. The Rice faithful were set on heading to a 2-3 record and increasing their chances at a bowl bid. Now, they are looking to hang on and salvage some respect in the remaining games. The recruiting front has not seen a commitment since week one, but they are closing in on some prospects. A few visited this week, surely disappointed in the outcome. Coach Cimahosky will work much harder in the remaining weeks, including changing his defensive tactic. He will be moving the Rice defense from a 4-3 base to a 3-4 heading into their meeting with the Thundering Herd.
Let's hope this pays off. Until then, go Hoot!
New Defensive Alignment
With the season falling apart, new DC AJ Cimahosky is taking the initiative to improve his defense by changing up the formation and starting roster.
New Starting Defense (3-4 Base)
RE Trevor JonesNT John GioffreLE Cody Bauer
SOLB Trey BriggsILB Justin AllenILB James RadcliffeWOLB Michael Kutzler
CB Kevin Gaddis
CB Chris JammerFS Travis Bradshaw
SS Corey Frazier
DT Christian Covington, who has been a rock for the defensive line, will still see plenty of PT and will be on the field when Cimahosky puts out his Nickle defense, one of his favorite formations that he just can not get away from. Also, look for LB Cameron Nwosu, RE MJ Sam, and possibly even Covington, to get some PT at the ILB slot next to Allen.
"I'm impressed with this defensive unit, don't get me wrong. This team has had tough breaks, that is what the losses have come down to. Moving to a 3-4 is nothing except us trying new things while the season is where it is and seeing if we can salvage something. We will still incorporate the 4-3, Gioffre and Covington are too much of a force in the center. I'm giving Radcliffe the nod because he has helped us out. He deserves a shot. We may swap him and Briggs around as Briggs is one of our top tacklers. Allen is our keystone and we need him to continue to produce, him and Gioffre lead the team in tackling and we need them to continue to lead this defense, even through these down times. We'll be ok." - Coach Cimahosky
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