Dec 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Utah State Aggies defensive end Paul Piukala (48) celebrates after a win against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aggies won 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt hire Utah State's defensive line coach Frank Maile

According to 247sports, Utah State’s defensive line coach Frank Mayle is taking over the same position at Vanderbilt.

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Maile has spent all 6 years of his coaching career at Utah State, starting in strength and conditioning, before moving to graduate assistant and on to the defensive line.

In 2011, Maile’s first season in charge of the defensive line, the unit knocked 50 yards per game off their rushing yards allowed from the previous season, and almost doubled their sack total to 25. Defensive end Levi Koskan was voted 2nd-team all-conference.

In 2012, the Aggie’s defense was one of the highest rated in the country, with 3 of Maile’s charges earning all-WAC honors, led by 1st-team choice Al Lapuaho.

In 2013, despite moving up to the Mountain West conference, the defense helped the Aggies remain in contention all season, despite the loss of star quarterback Chuckie Keeton. The defensive line led the way, holding opponents to 2.8 yards per carry, and racking up 34 sacks, while BJ Larsen and AJ Pataili’i were named 2nd-team all-conference.

Vanderbilt’s new head coach, Derek Mason, has made a good choice in rising star Maile. After coaching 6 all-conference players in just 3 years as a position coach, it will be fun to see what he can do with SEC-level recruits.

 

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