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Penn State Football To Hire Purdue Assistant Anthony Poindexter

Update, Wednesday, February 24: Penn State football officially welcomed Anthony Poindexter to its staff Wednesday morning.

James Franklin announced the news with a statement via Twitter. Poindexter will serve as safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator.

“We are excited to welcome Anthony to our staff,” Franklin said. “He brings an impressive football background both as a player and a coach. As a player, he is a College Football Hall of Famer, a two-time consensus All-American and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. During his 18-year coaching career, he has been a defensive coordinator and has worked in multiple Power Five conferences.”

Original Story: Penn State football is reportedly adding another coach to its staff this week.

The Nittany Lions are expected to hire Purdue co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter for the “open defensive assistant position,” according to a report by Pete Thamel Sunday night.

The “open position” Thamel was referring to is assumed to be safeties coach. The Nittany Lions recently lost co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Tim Banks to Tennessee. Banks spent five seasons at Penn State and helped develop secondary stars such as Marcus Allen and Troy Apke.

Poindexter just wrapped up his fourth season with the Boilermakers. Purdue’s secondary allowed a less-than-stellar 254.2 passing yards per game in 2020, but overall the group gave up 29.8 points per game. As co-defensive coordinator, Poindexter helped coach standouts such as linebacker Derrick Barnes and safety Navon Mosley

Before arriving in West Lafayette, Poindexter spent three seasons manning the same position at UConn and spent 11 seasons coaching several different spots at UVA. The Virginia native started with the Cavaliers as a graduate assistant in 2003, and was a standout safety for them before that.

Poindexter was selected in seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens after a productive playing career at UVA. He’s the third new assistant coach hired by the Nittany Lions this offseason, following offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and tight ends coach Ty Howle.

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Will Pegler

Will is a junior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]


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