Doug Mallory, who grew up in a college football family and has an extensive background on the defensive side of the ball, takes on a new role with the Tigers this year as he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator following the 2007 season.
Now in his fourth year at LSU, Mallory, along with Bradley Dale Peveto, will serve as co-coordinators in 2008. Mallory, who will make the defensive calls from the press box, will continued his role as LSU’s defensive backs coach.
In three years, Mallory’s impact on the LSU secondary has been significant and impressive as he’s guided the Tigers to a No. 3 national rating in pass efficiency defense for three-straight years. LSU led the SEC in pass efficiency in both 2005 and 2006 before ranking second in the league in 2007. As a unit, the Tiger’ 2007 defense limited opposing offenses to only 182.7 yards passing per game and the Tigers intercepted 23 passes, a figure that led the SEC and ranked fourth in the nation.
Individually, LSU safety Craig Steltz, in his first full season as a starter, earned numerous first-team All-America honors as well as being one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award. It also marked the second-straight year in which an LSU safety earned first-team All-America honors.
In addition, Steltz and cornerback Chevis Jackson were both first-team All-SEC selections in 2007, while freshman Chad Jones was a member of the Freshman All-SEC team at defensive back.
Steltz and Jackson were both selected in the 2008 NFL Draft with Jackson going in the third round to Atlanta and Steltz in the fifth round to Chicago.
In 2006, the Tiger secondary played a key role in an LSU defense that was dominating in all phases. In addition to leading the SEC in pass efficiency defense, the Tigers also ranked No. 1 in the league and No. 3 in the nation in pass defense, limiting opponents to only 145.7 yards passing per game. That total marked the fewest passing yards allowed by a Tiger defense since the 1990 season.
In 13 games in 2006, the Tigers allowed just 11 passing touchdowns after giving up 12 the year before. The 23 combined TD passes allowed in back-to-back seasons were the fewest by an LSU defense in consecutive years since the 1996-97 teams held foes to 20 touchdown passes. As a unit, the Tiger defense ranked No. 4 in the nation in scoring (12.6 points per game) and third in total defense (242.8 yards per game) in 2006.
Mallory capped his second year with the Tigers by having free safety LaRon Landry selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins as he became the highest drafted defensive back in school history. Landry, who earned third-team All-America honors in 2005, was a first-team All-America selection as a senior in 2006.
In his first season with LSU in 2005, Mallory’s secondary rated first in the SEC and third in the nation in pass defense efficiency with a 96.3 rating. The Tigers held opponents to a 47.3 completion percentage, which also ranked best in the league.
Mallory came to LSU from Oklahoma State where he spent four years on Les Miles’ staff as the secondary coach. In four years with the Cowboys, Mallory’s secondary intercepted 54 passes with All-Big 12 cornerback Darrent Williams leading the way with 11. Oklahoma State ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 18 pass interceptions in 2003, followed by 13 interceptions in 2004.
Prior to his four-year stint with the Cowboys, Mallory served in the same capacity at Maryland from 1997-2000. Under Mallory, the 1998 Terrapin defense ranked as the nation’s 14th most improved unit in terms of pass efficiency.
In addition, Mallory guided defensive back Lewis Sanders to third-team All-America honors as selected by The Sporting News in 1999. Sanders was later drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Prior to his four years at Maryland, Mallory spent three years at Indiana, serving as the defensive backs and special teams coach for the Hoosiers under his father, Bill Mallory, from 1994-96.
In the second of his two stints as an assistant coach at Indiana, the younger Mallory coached defensive back Eric Allen to third-team All-America honors in 1996, while two other players were selected in the NFL Draft. Cornerback Lance Brown was taken in the fifth round of the 1995 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and safety Eric Smedley was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1996.
Mallory also coached at Western Kentucky, serving as the defensive coordinator in 1992 and 1993. He spent the 1990-91 seasons with Western Kentucky as the secondary, special teams and inside linebackers coach. In 1989, Mallory also served a one-year stint at Army, coaching the offensive line for the 6-5 Black Knights.
Mallory got his start in coaching in 1988, serving as a graduate assistant under his father Bill at Indiana. That season, the Hoosiers posted an 8-3-1 mark, beat Ohio State 41-7, and defeated South Carolina, 34-10, in the Liberty Bowl.
As a player, Mallory was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan from 1984-87, participating in four bowl games with the Wolverines (Holiday, Fiesta, Rose, Hall of Fame). For his career, he recorded 182 tackles and six interceptions.
He helped lead Michigan to a share of the 1986 Big Ten title and was team captain for the Wolverine’s 8-4 team in 1987 that beat Alabama, 28-24, in the Hall of Fame Bowl. As a senior in 1987, Mallory earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was an honorable mention All-America defensive back.
A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, Mallory graduated from Michigan in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and communications. His father, Bill Mallory, remains the winningest football coach in Indiana football history. The elder Mallory recorded a 69-77-3 mark in 13 years at Indiana, leading the Hoosiers to six bowl games, while also having head coaching stops at Colorado and Miami (Ohio).
In addition to his father, Mallory’s brothers, Curt and Mike, are both football coaches ? Curt serves as the co-defensive coordinator at Illinois, while Mike is the special teams coach for the New Orleans Saints. .
Doug and his wife Lisa have three children, Emily (14), Allison (12) and Sarah (9). He lists his hobbies as jogging, playing golf and skiing.
The Mallory File
Year at LSU: Fourth
Birthdate: November 2, 1964, in Bowling Green, Ohio
Children: Emily (14), Allison (12), Sarah (9)
High School: Dekalb (Ill.)
College: Michigan, ’88
1984-87 Michigan (defensive back)
1988 Indiana (graduate assistant)
1989 Army (offensive line)
1990-93 Western Kentucky (defensive coordinator, 1992-93; secondary, inside linebackers, special teams, 1990-91)
1994-96 Indiana (defensive backs, special teams)
1997-2000 Maryland (secondary)
2001-04 Oklahoma State (secondary)
2005- LSU (co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs, 2008; defensive backs, 2005-07)
As a player
1984 Holiday Bowl (Michigan lost to BYU, 24-17)
1986 Fiesta Bowl (Michigan def. Nebraska, 27-23)
1987 Rose Bowl (Michigan lost to Arizona State, 22-15)
1988 Hall of Fame Bowl (Michigan def. Alabama, 28-24)
As a coach
1988 Liberty Bowl (Indiana def. South Carolina, 34-10)
2002 Houston Bowl (Oklahoma State def. Southern Miss, 33-23)
2004 Cotton Bowl (Oklahoma State lost to Ole Miss, 31-28)
2004 Alamo Bowl (Oklahoma State lost to Ohio State, 33-7)
2005 Peach Bowl (LSU def. Miami, 40-3)
2007 Sugar Bowl (LSU def. Notre Dame, 41-14)
2008 BCS National Championship Game (LSU def. Ohio State, 38-24)