Oklahoma State is targeting Auburn defensive coordinator Derek Mason in a similar role.
After the 12-2 season ended with a 37-35 win over Notre Dame at the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State is looking for a new defensive coordinator after previous DC Jim Knowles left to take on a similar role at Ohio State.
According to the report from The athlete’s Bruce Feldmanthe Cowboys appear to be targeting Auburn’s current defensive coordinator Derek Mason, who Feldman describes as “has emerged as a strong contender.”
Oklahoma State Is Targeting Auburn’s Derek Mason For Defensive Coordinator
Mason is about to have his first season as defensive coordinator at Auburn, where his unit is ranked 27th nationally in points allowed per game with 21.8.
Prior to Auburn, Mason held various roles at Stanford from 2010-13 as full-back coach, defensive coordinator and associate head coach. However, it is more likely to know Mason’s name from his time at Vanderbilt, where he served as the Commodores head coach from 2014-20, replacing current Penn State head coach James Franklin.
During his time at Vanderbilt, Mason led the Commodores with a 27-55 record, as well as a poor pairing in 2016 and 2018.
Despite Auburn’s struggle in 2021 6-7 with a defeat to Houston in the Birmingham Bowl, the Tigers’ defense was solid under Mason and no performance was more remarkable than the return a total of seven sacks ahead of Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
The Tigers’ defense has lost a few key names this season like key players Zakoby McClain, Roger McCreary, TD Moukeeper and Smoke Monday for the NFL, but could also return to the likes of Colby Wooden and Derick Hall.
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