Tulane co-defensive coordinator Jon Sumrall will accept the full defensive coordinator position at Troy, several sources told The Advocate on Tuesday.
Sumrall joined coach Curtis Johnson’s staff when Johnson arrived at Tulane in 2012 and has served alongside fellow co-defensive coordinator Lionel Washington for each of the past three seasons.
A spokesman from Tulane declined to comment on the report.
The pair helped transform the Green Wave from one of the nation’s most dismal defensive units into the team’s unquestioned strength the past two years. The improvement was noticed.
Washington interviewed for the vacant head coaching spot at Nicholls State earlier in the season, but wasn’t selected. Last offseason, Sumrall turned down a defensive coordinator offer by San Jose State, so he could remain at Tulane for another season.
After focusing his work with the defensive line in 2012 and 2013, Sumrall moved to linebackers this past year when graduate assistant Kwahn Drake was promoted into a full time assistant role and specialized on the defensive line.
“This is (Washington)’s show, I’m just here helping,” Sumrall said in August when asked about the working relationship between the co-coordinators. “He calls the schemes and sets the defenses and I’m mostly doing stuff with the guys. It’s a good team and we’ve worked really well together, but I think he really deserves the credit.”
REDWINE ELECTS TO LEAVE
Redshirt junior defensive tackle Corey Redwine elected to forego his senior season and will not participate with the Green Wave in 2015.
Redwine compiled 18 tackles and played in all 12 games last season, starting the first five. He was unseated in the starting lineup by freshman Sean Wilson midway through the season, but continued to rotate in.
Redwine’s decision came down late last week and was not expected by Tulane’s coaching staff.
He joined defensive end Aaron Bryant and offensive lineman Nate Skold, who also participated in Senior Night activities, despite having a year of eligibility remaining.