Surprise, surprise. Michigan has officially announced the hiring of D.J. Durkin as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Durkin spent the last five seasons at Florida, the final two of which he served the same purposes he will with the Wolverines.
“D.J. is one of the top young defensive coordinators in football, and I look forward to having him work with our student-athletes,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said, per a release on mgoblue.com. “He will make an excellent addition to our staff.”
“Reuniting with Jim at the University of Michigan is an opportunity that I could not pass up,” Durkin said in the same release. “We had some great times working together at Stanford, and I look forward to producing great results at Michigan. I look forward to coaching in the Big Ten after growing up in that footprint. I am excited to return to the Midwest and recruit and teach some of the best and brightest young men in the country.”
Before joining Florida’s staff in 2010, Durkin spent three seasons with Harbaugh at Stanford, where he served as the team’s defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator.
While working in Gainesville, Durkin built up one of the better defensive units in the country. In 2014, the Gators finished fifth nationally in yards allowed per game (4.45), ninth in yards allowed per rush (3.16) and 10th in yards allowed per pass attempt (5.9).
Durkin is known to be one of the brightest and youngest defensive minds in the game right now, and he brings the same sort of personality to the sideline that Harbaugh does. There will undoubtedly be a lot of emotion between the two on fall Saturday afternoons.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.