You’ve heard for more than a week that Brad White was probably going to replace Matt House. Now that White’s promotion from outside linebackers coach to defensive coordinator is imminent, here’s a little more on the man who will be calling the Cats’ defense in 2019.
The Mastermind Behind Josh Allen
Josh Allen is an incredible athlete. The Kentucky edge rusher was on a path to unprecedented success before White arrived in Lexington. White helped him get there a little quicker.
White brought six years of NFL expertise from the Indianapolis Colts to UK’s outside linebackers room in 2018. The tactician used a detailed-oriented approach, but wasn’t afraid to mix it up in the middle of drills.
“He told us to hold nothing back, so I’m not holding anything back,” Josh Allen said prior to the Citrus Bowl. “He knows the consequences,” Allen laughed.
Endearing to his players, he was a hot commodity on the open coaching market. As others pursued from other Power Five conferences and the NFL, Mark Stoops kept the rising star on his staff by promoting him to defensive coordinator.
Unlike most of the other UK assistants, the Rhode Island native does not have roots in a talent-rich recruiting area. However, he can tap into an area area that is typically dominated by the team UK just beat in the Citrus Bowl, Penn State. Even though he spent six seasons off the recruiting trail, KSR has learned that White fell back in love with recruiting this year. With Josh Allen’s name recognition, results should soon follow.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) March 14, 2018
Coaching with his Mentor
White learned football at the collegiate level from Dean Hood, UK’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach. White starred as Hood’s middle linebacker at Wake Forest from 2002-04.
“Coach Hood is a big mentor of mine. I know these players have been taught the right way,” White said at his introductory press conference in 2018.
A first time defensive coordinator, it will be important for White to have a steady support system. With his mentor right down the hall, and a defensive-minded head coach, White has plenty of experienced colleagues ready to lend a hand at any time.
|2007-08||Wake Forest||Defensive Grad Assistant|
|2010-11||Air Force||Inside Linebackers|
|2012-13||Indianapolis Colts||Defensive Quality Control|
|2014||Indianapolis Colts||Assistant Linebackers|
|2015-17||Indianapolis Colts||Outside Linebackers|