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Florida State football hiring Memphis’ Adam Fuller as defensive coordinator

Mike Norvell lands an experienced playcaller.

NCAA Football: Memphis at South Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis defensive coordinator Adam Fuller will reportedly follow Mike Norvell to Tallahassee as a member of the Florida State Seminoles staff, per John Martin of The Athletic:

The Memphis Commercial Appeal confirmed that Fuller is coming aboard as a defensive coordinator.

Fuller joined the Memphis Tigers staff prior to the 2019 season after spending the previous six seasons with the Marshall Thundering Herd. Before that he was the defensive coordinator for the Chattanooga Mocs.

Fuller has experience and success as a defensive play-caller. He took over a Mocs’ defense that was 111th in FCS total defense. The following year they were 28th. The final two years featured defenses ranked among the top-11. When he was subsequently hired at Marshall in 2012 he took over a defense ranked 103rd in the country. By the end of 2013 they were 35th. His defenses finished outside the top-35 just once in his six seasons. His defense at Memphis is ranked 22nd after adjusting for opponent. Fuller’s track record is excellent, especially when you consider he coordinated these defenses by himself rather than under a defensive specialist head coach (ex: DCs under Nick Saban or Kirby Smart).

Fuller is from the Mike Elko tree, having coached under Elko at Richmond in 2005. Elko is currently the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M and is one of the highest-paid coordinators in college football. Fuller has experience recruiting in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.