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Sources: Fuller leaving Herd for Memphis

December 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON - For the second time in less than a year, it appears Marshall University’s football program will have to replace its defensive coordinator.

According to Jonah Jordan of The Daily Memphian newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee, Marshall defensive coordinator Adam Fuller is leaving the Thundering Herd to take the same position at the University of Memphis.

He will replace Chris Ball on Mike Norvell’s staff. Ball was recently named as the head coach at Northern Arizona.

Fuller’s appointment as the Tigers’ new defensive coordinator is expected to become official Saturday.

Fuller took over control of Marshall’s defense in early 2018 after Chuck Heater left to become an assistant at the University of Maryland.

This season, Marshall ranked No. 9 in rushing defense and did not allow a single 100-yard rusher in 13 games. The 2.95 yards-per-attempt were No. 4 in FBS.

In all, Marshall’s defense ranked No. 26 in total defense.

Fuller’s exit ends a six-year run with the Herd when he served in several capacities including assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, safeties coach, linebackers coach and, most recently, defensive coordinator for his final season.

At Memphis, Fuller inherits a defense that was 90th nationally in total defense, allowing 428.1 yards per game. The Tigers were even worse in scoring defense, ranking 94th in FBS while allowing 31.9 points per game.

Memphis’ season came to an end in the Birmingham Bowl when the Tigers fell, 37-34, to Wake Forest. The Tigers finished 8-6, but dropped their final two games of the year -- the Birmingham Bowl loss to the Demon Deacons and the American Athletic Conference Championship to UCF, 56-41.

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