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Chavis Named Arkansas Defensive Coordinator

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  Arkansas head football coach Chad Morris added nearly 30 years of SEC experience to his coaching staff when he announced Tuesday the hiring of John Chavis as the program’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Chavis spent the last 23 years as a defensive coordinator at Tennessee (1995-2008), LSU (2009-14) and Texas A&M (2015-17).

“I’m excited to have Coach Chavis as our defensive coordinator, which was a very important hire for our program,” said Morris. “It’s so important to play great defense in the SEC and Coach Chavis brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and success in the league to the table.”

The 2011 winner of the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football, Chavis has been part of 21 bowl games, 12 10-win seasons and appeared in the SEC Championship game six times over his 23 years as a defensive coordinator in the SEC.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help Coach Morris build the Arkansas program and join the great staff that he is putting together,” Chavis said. “It’s a great time to be at the University of Arkansas and I can’t wait to get started on building a defense that our fans can be excited about.”

1. Has a career record of 214-80 (72.8 percent) over his 23 seasons as a defensive coordinator, including a 129-60 mark (68.3 percent) in SEC games.

2. Chavis-led defenses have posted 14 shutouts during his career.

3. He has coached 81 players that have been selected in the NFL Draft over his 37 years as a coach, including 15 first round picks.

4. Chavis-led defenses have held 52 opponents to single-digit points.

5. He has developed 44 players into All-SEC first team selections since 1995.


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