JMU's Ryan Smith to be named Cornerbacks Coach

Here is the link to the 247 Article

Here is a little bit from the Article and this is his JMU Profile:

Smith played his college football at William & Mary. He was a part of the Tribes' appearance in the 2009 FCS semi-finals in the FCS Playoffs. As a senior, he compiled 47 tackles, one sack and one interception. He played Cornerback for the tribe.

Following his playing days, Smith jumped into coaching serving as a Defensive Graduate Assistant at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The next year he would make a move to Penn State University, serving as a Graduate Assistant, while completing his Master's in Educational Leadership. He was a part of the Nittany Lion squad that won the 2016 Big Ten Championship and earned a selection into the Rose Bowl. In his two year tenure in Happy Valley, Smith worked with eventual NFL players such as Jordan Lucas, Marcus Allen and Trevor Williams.

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Welcome to Hokie Nation Coach Smith!

Hope he can strengthen our recruiting footprint in the state, excited about this hire.

Smith worked two seasons at Penn State, serving as a defensive graduate assistant where he was part of a 2016 squad that won the Big Ten Championship, earned a berth in the Rose Bowl and finished 11-3 overall. Penn State's defense picked off 10 passes and broke up 60 more in 2015. During his time in University Park, Pa., he helped develop four NFL players in Jordan Lucas, Marcus Allen, Trevor Williams and Troy Apke.

hope he can continue to develop our cornerbacks into NFL players!

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

In a vacuum, I think it's a pretty good hire. Would've liked a little more experience to balance out the youth elsewhere on the defensive side of the ball, but it sounds like we exhausted a handful of other options. Definitely think he'll add a lot of value on the recruiting trail, especially in VA and the DMV.

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He has more FBS experience than the Defensive Coordinator.

We Bak?

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King George native. Shoutout to the Northern Neck.

Hoping the youth movement translates to recruiting results.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Fellow NN native here. Looking forward to seeing Coach Smith do great things as a Hokie!

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Coach must be good, he's from the neck

He worked at Penn State so he learned how to recruit the Virginia kids right?!

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Let's see if he can kick some ass on the recruiting trail. We're going to have a handful of really young guys out there on the trail with JHam, Ryan Smith, Teerlinck, Tapp, etc. It's definitely a particular strategy to go with young up and comers primarily, let's see if it pays off.

Welcome, Coach.

Very hopeful in his abilities, but this is A LOT of inexperience on the staff. I feel like we're straight gambling on coaches.

Feels like we just placed a really aggressive bet with this staff.

Hopefully...

I initially started to list out the "inexperienced" coaches and then i realized how right you are. 3 coaches with no prior FBS coaching experience, a new DC. Even if Teerlinck and Claeys are slam dunks as position coaches, that's a big overhaul on the defensive side of the ball.

plus lechtenberg replacing zohn on offense.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

This has been in the back of my mind while everyone goes on about 21 20 19/22 returning starters and an 'easy' schedule next (this?) season. Yes, we have a ton of returning (and incoming) talent, but there's enough of a staff shake-up for us to still end up with a handful of head-scratching losses and end up 7-5 next year.

Why does staff shake up equate to only a negative possibility? There is also the opportunity to win more or improve by improving the staff.

Yep, sink or swim time for Fu. These are all his guys now and isn't hindered by Bud's status. Time to show up or show out

Last season JMU was

7th in interceptions
6th in passing efficiency defense
27th in passing yards allowed

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

yes yes yes...that's what I'm hoping for

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JMU pulled him off their web page lightning fast. He's gone!

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Well we need that intern to get a job at Tech because Hokie Sports staffing page is a mess.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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We have youth and experience on the defense. I like that we have young energetic guys who can connect with the kids. We have a guy who spent 12 years playing in the NFL who bleeds Maroon & Orange, a guy who has coached 8 years in the NFL, a guy who has been a dc at other schools and has 25 years experience. I like the staff! Now get out and recruit!

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So, it is clear there is an emphasis on recruiting with young and energetic staff members.

Scheme-wise, things are very muddled for me. The messaging, reinforced by the four large defensive ends who signed on Early Signing Day, was an emphasis on getting bigger defensive line with length who could collapse the pocket. This makes sense, given that today's spread offense usually consists of one read and then a designed quarterback draw in between the tackles. Having your edge guys trying to get around the corner with speed- if they don't get there, the lane is much bigger for the designed QB run.

Then, VT hires an NFL coach (which is awesome) who made his bones using undersized DEs who want to win around the corner with speed (Jerry Hughes and Ryan Murphy). I like Teerlick, and perhaps he adjusted to the personnel in Buffalo rather than Hughes and Murphy reflecting his philosophy, but he seems much more suited to the Wiles/twitchy edge guy/win with speed and hands philosophy than a Clemson, collapse the pocket and force the QB to break contain (which they don't seem to want to do very often anymore.)

Smith is a complete mystery as far as how he fits into Foster's scheme. Is Smith a tip that we will see changes in the backend as well, or is he a young guy who will teach Hamilton's vision of Foster's scheme?

The winter interview season and any public spring practices or the spring game will be very interesting indeed to see what exactly this new stew will taste like. I do like the emphasis on young, hungry professionals. I also hope they are great teachers.

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IMHO, I wouldn't put too much stock on the PCs previous schemes and whether or not they are scheme fits for "Foster's system". I'd like to think that Hammer clearly defined what he's trying to accomplish with each hire and everyone is willing to fall in line.

I think Fuente revamping the defensive staff with guys who (theoretically) will be recruiting warriors is a nice departure from the Foster era. The hope is that any decrease from Foster to Hammer from a scheme/in-game adjustment standpoint will be mitigated with stronger recruits.

And I am not putting too much stock into anything. Curiosity and speculation is about all we can do right now. But, it is an interesting mix of actions which aren't all in alignment from what little data we have.

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The winter interview season and any public spring practices or the spring game will be very interesting indeed to see what exactly this new stew will taste like. I do like the emphasis on young, hungry professionals. I also hope they are great teachers.

I completely agree with your assessment here. I have said it before and will say it again, the winter and spring workouts are going to interest me the most. If Smith is able to teach the secondary how to defend passes as well as his players at JMU could do, then I am very excited, especially if Hamilton continues to employs the disguised-robber look in his scheme.

Addendum, I think this is a long-term thinking on Fuente's part. There were handwringing over the possibility of Fuente leaving for another cushy job, and his hire to date shows that he is 100% committed to staying in Blacksburg for the long haul.

“Who is this Fuentes person that you speak about?” -McHokie540

The winter interview season and any public spring practices

And we will learn nutin'....

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Huge upgrade from Mitchell. Most competent coaches are. Hokie nation will see soon what a liability Mitchell was.

I really hope that you are right. I want to get back to being able to rely on a defense to keep a lead in the 4th qtr. No matter the size of the lead.

I guess there's only one things left to do....win the whole damn thing!

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“Who is this Fuentes person that you speak about?” -McHokie540

Young guys to crut young guys! I like it! hope it works!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Let's hope it doesn't turn into this

We have three very green coaches, an NFL guy who just made the playoffs and was under no pressure to leave, and a veteran who has coached successful P5 defenses. And we kept Pearson Prioleau.

Would anyone have been upset if Prioleau was the CB coach? If Teerlinck had been named DC, we'd be asking who is that guy, but would we be concerned with an NFL guy installing McDermott's D?

I think the key for Hamilton is to get total buy-in and commitment from the staff on the approach. If they are all in, that will carry over to the players. Some find change stressful, I find it exciting.

Just like Joe Brady, he went to W&M. Therefore he must be awesome.

Are we sure he won't be immediately promoted to new HC after Fuente heads to Baylor?

*ducks*

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