The architect of Boise State's development into "DBU", longtime Bronco coach Marcel Yates was hired as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach on Kevin Sumlin's first Texas A&M coaching staff in 2012.
Yates came to A&M from Boise State where he coached the defensive backs for nine
seasons. Yates directed the entire secondary for the last six seasons, and
added defensive pass game coordinator to his coaching responsibilites in 2011.
He coached cornerbacks during his first three seasons with the Broncos.
Yates' oversight of Boise State's defensive backs has paid phenomenal gains. In
2010, the Bronco defense finished the season ranked fourth-nationally in pass
defense (150.92), and was also second-nationally in both total defense (254.69)
and scoring defense (12.77). Additionally, Boise State led the nation in sacks
(3.69), ranked second in the country in both tackles-for-loss (8.38) and pass
efficiency defense (95.19), and seventh-nationally in rushing defense (103.77)
- leading the WAC in each category.
A four-year letterman for the Broncos at defensive back (1996-99), Yates had an outstanding freshman season, recording 70 tackles in 1996. Yates finished his career with 138 tackles (89 solo). Following the 1999 season he received the team's Denny Erickson Memorial Award for Valor. Yates received his bachelor's degree in social science from Boise State in 2000.
The Yates File
Born: Sept. 16, 1977
Boise State, bachelor's degree in Social Sciences/Public Affairs, 2000
2012-: Texas A&M (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary)
2011: Boise State (Defensive Pass Game Coordinator/Secondary)
2006-10: Boise State (Secondary)
2003-05: Boise State (Cornerbacks)
2001-02: Montana State (Defensive Assistant)
2003: Fort Worth (Boise State)
2004: Liberty (Boise State)
2005: MPC Computers
2006: Fiesta (Boise State)
2007: Hawaii (Boise State)
2008: Poinsettia (Boise State)
2009: Fiesta (Boise State)
2010: Las Vegas (Boise State)
2011: Las Vegas (Boise State)
1999: Humanitarian (Boise State)