The off season coaching turnover in Amherst continues as football scoop is reporting that Maurice Linguist, Buffalo's defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator is leaving for Iowa State.
Linguist joined the staff at UB in 2012 following a stay at James Madison, where he has spent the previous three seasons, and had a outstanding playing career at Baylor University.
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Linguist played football at Baylor where he was named the Bears Defensive Most Valuable Player as a strong safety in 2006, he also garnered honorable mention as an All-Big 12 player. During his career he started 24 games racked up 176 tackles and three career interceptions.
In his first season at Buffalo, UB’s starting corner backs, Najja Johnson and Cortney Lester, ranked first and second in the MAC in interceptions while the entire defense ranked fourth in the MAC and 48th nationally in pass efficiency defense - a 53-slot improvement from 2011.
This past season Johnson set a school record for passes defended and the Bulls defense helped take UB to their second bowl game in school history.
Linguist is the fourth UB Coach to be hired away this off season. The other coaches were quarterbacks coach Don Patterson (UConn), UB Strengthth and Conditioning coach Duval (Wyoming), and defensive line coach Jappy Oliver (Virginia)