Adam Fuller leaving Thundering Herd for Memphis

January 2, 2019
Marshall defensive coordinator Adam Fuller oversees a drill as Herd football practices on Aug. 7 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — For the second time in less than a year, Marshall University’s football program has to replace its defensive coordinator. 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 Memphis head coach Mike Norvell’s staff. Ball was recently named as the head coach at Northern Arizona.

“We are so very excited about the addition of Adam Fuller to the Memphis Tiger football family,” Norvell said in a release on Saturday. “Adam is one of the top defensive minds in college football and has been part of developing some of the top defensive units in the nation throughout his career.”

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 — one of three teams to achieve that feat (Clemson, Northern

Illinois). The 2.95 yards-perattempt 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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