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Source: Former Houston, NFL assistant to run Maryland defense
Maryland is expected to name Brian Stewart as its defensive coordinator Tuesday, a source familiar with the university said.
Stewart, who spent the last two years as the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston, will replace the ousted Todd Bradford.
Stewart is the second new coordinator hired after coach Randy Edsall's first season. Maryland signed Mike Locksley to a four-year deal to replace the reassigned Gary Crowton.
The 47-year-old Stewart worked as an NFL assistant for much of the last decade, including a stint as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator in 2007-08. His last college job before his time at Houston was as a defensive backs coach at Syracuse in 2001.
While Houston was known primarily for its offense while going 13-1 this past season, its defense was a source of strength as well. The Cougars ranked fourth nationally in turnover margin, sixth in tackles for loss and 12th in pass efficiency defense — the latter a notable accomplishment in the pass-happy Conference USA.
Houston also ranked second in the country in red zone defense, allowing points in only 67 percent of opponents' trips inside the 20.
In College Park, Stewart must rebuild one of the ACC's worst defenses from last season.
The Terps allowed at least 367 yards in every game, including a dreadful stretch when it surrendered 500 yards in four of six weeks. In 10 seasons, former coach Ralph Friedgen's teams allowed 500 yards on exactly four occasions.
Maryland ranked 102nd nationally in scoring defense, 108th in total defense and 111th in rushing defense, and last in the ACC in both total defense and rushing defense.
Bradford, who was initially added to Edsall's staff as a linebackers coach before former coordinator Don Brown departed shortly after signing day, was done in partially by injuries.
Safety-turned-linebacker Kenny Tate missed the final two months of the season, while opening-week starters Matt Robinson (safety) and Isaiah Ross (defensive end) were lost for the year in September. Linebackers Darin Drakeford and Demetrius Hartsfield also missed extensive time with injuries. All of those players will return next fall.
Bradford, who was due $700,000 over the final two years of his contract, agreed to an undisclosed buyout last week.
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