Former Buckeyes Assistant Paul Haynes Set To Take Razorback Defensive Coordinator Job

by Chris Bahn  on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 8:30 pm  

Paul Haynes has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Arkansas.

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas has its defensive coordinator.

Paul Haynes, a 14-year coaching veteran who was most recently the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, has been hired by the Razorbacks. He spent the last six seasons with the Buckeyes.

Coach Bobby Petrino tabbed Haynes to replace Willy Robinson, who resigned after four seasons with the Razorbacks. Haynes was the defensive backs coach under John L. Smith at Louisville and Michigan State.

Petrino and Haynes worked together on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ staff. Petrino was offensive coordinator in 2001 and Haynes worked as quality control assistant for defense, while recently departed offensive coordinator Garrick McGee was the offensive quality control assistant.

“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate,” Petrino said. “He has a professional approach and is an exceptional coach and recruiter. This is a competitive conference and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best. Having Paul join our program will help us as we continue on the path toward our goal of consistently winning championships. He has been a part of a team with a culture of doing just that. Paul has incredibly high standards and the defenses he has built have been challenging to prepare for and have always played with toughness, intensity and desire.”

Haynes, who according to 2010 reports was making $235,000 at Ohio State, had defensive backs earn five first-team All-America citations and 10 first-team All-Big Ten selections. Haynes oversaw the development of eight defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft, including first-rounders Donte Whitner and Malcolm Jenkins. Whitner, a safety, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2006, and Jenkins, a cornerback, was picked 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Prior to the 2011 season Haynes was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. He did not call play for the Buckeyes.

Here's more from the UA:

Before the 2011 season, Haynes was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and the Buckeyes ranked fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin and fifth in the conference in pass defense and sacks. Ohio State also ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in total defense and scoring defense, and John Simon was tied for third in the Big Ten with an average of 0.58 sacks per game.

In 2010, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six straight seasons, finishing with a 12-1 record and a victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeye defense led the Big Ten and ranked second in the NCAA in total defense by allowing 250.6 yards per game and topped the conference and ranked third in the country with an average of 13.3 points per game allowed. They also led the Big Ten while tying for third in the country in turnover margin, and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and pass defense.

In 2009, the Buckeyes were 11-2 and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State allowed just 262.5 yards per game, first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA, and 12.2 points per game, second in the conference and fifth in the country while also ranking number one in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA by allowing 83.4 rushing yards per game. Ohio State also was second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and second in the conference and 17th in the nation in pass defense.

Malcolm Jenkins brought the Thorpe Award to Columbus as the nation’s best defensive back in 2008. He recorded 57 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles while leading the Buckeye secondary that held opponents to 164.3 passing yards per game, first in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA. Ohio State ranked in the top 20 in the country and top three in the conference in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

 

 

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