As Jim Harbaugh’s revamped Michigan football staff nears completion, the Wolverines’ head coach added a major piece on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Michigan is bringing in Dallas Cowboys’ defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist as the team’s co-defensive coordinator. After playing four years at Baylor, he remained in Waco, Texas as a graduate assistant for the Bears in 2007. Linguist spent the next five years as a defensive backs coach at Valdosta State, James Madison and Buffalo, earning a reputation as an up-and-coming coach.
In 2014, Linguist got his first crack at a Power Five job at Iowa State. Since then, he’s done short stints at Minnesota, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, where he put together an impressive recruiting resume headlined by five-star safety Jaylon Jones. He spent last season with the Cowboys — his first NFL coaching gig.
Hiring Linguist, who is only in his mid-30s, also continues a trend of younger coaching hires for the Michigan staff. The Wolverines have also brought in defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and George Helow — both of whom are younger than 40.