After much speculation over the last few days, LSU finally gets their coveted defensive line coach candidate in Bo Davis.
Davis is one of the most reputable defensive line coaches in football regardless of the level of competition and has spent 10 years on Nick Saban’s staff at both LSU and Alabama. Davis previously served as the defensive line coach at Texas from 2021-23 where he helped mentor one of the best defensive lines in the country.
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This past season, Texas reached the College Football Playoff for the first time. A big reason why the Longhorns were able to do so was because of the development of defensive linemen Byron Murphy and T’Vondre Sweat. Sweat was the 2023 Outland Trophy winner and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Murphy was named Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Although the contract terms have not been released by LSU, Davis did make $1 million per year at Texas. He had a year left on his contract and his buyout was $500,000.
Davis will be the seventh defensive line coach LSU has had since 2020.
Last season, Jamar Cain left in spring practice to take a position with the Denver Broncos. Gerald Chatman, who is currently the defensive line coach at Florida, served as the interim until LSU hired Jimmy Lindsey. Lindsey had to step away from his coaching duties due to a serious medical issue two days before preseason practice, so LSU moved John Jancek to the defensive line, which was not his area of expertise. Pete Jenkins was then brought in to help after five games. Lindsey was fired along with the rest of the defensive staff.
Before Cain, Andre Carter coached the defensive line in 2021 and Bill Johnson was the coach in 2020. Both coaches served under then-head coach Ed Orgeron.
Davis, who hails from Magee, Mississippi, was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference defensive lineman at LSU in 1992. His first gig was as a graduate assistant on the strength and conditioning staff at LSU before serving as an assistant coach at North Shore High School in Houston, Texas. Davis then returned as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2002 under Saban.
Davis spent the next four years at LSU before he rejoined Saban as an assistant defensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins in 2006. When Saban was hired as the head coach at Alabama in 2007, Davis was the defensive line coach from 2007-10 before his first stint at Texas.