IU football coach Kevin Wilson turned to an old acquaintance to help lift his program's dismal defensive statistics. Wilson hired former Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brian Knorr to the same post, replacing the departed Doug Mallory.
Knorr, a former Air Force QB, had accepted a post with the Falcons last week after he was part of Jim Grobe's staff dismissed at Wake Forest. Knorr has experience in in both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes, but hinted that he may want to use the versatility of the returing Indiana defenders to demonstrate his scheme.
“Having known Coach Wilson for the past 20 years, his personality and the type of team he fields, I am excited to join his staff,” Knorr said. “There is a buzz about the direction IU Football is headed in and I look forward to bringing some of the toughness and aggressiveness that I know Coach Wilson wants to implement on the defensive side of the ball.”
“We want to welcome Brian and his family to the Hoosier Nation,” Wilson said. “Brian is a strong addition to our coaching staff. He brings tremendous experience and a solid background having coached on both sides of the ball, as a defensive coordinator and as an FBS head coach. We are excited to work together to take a positive step in building a winning program that our players and fans deserve.”
Knorr, the former head coach at Ohio University (2001-04), has 23 years of coaching experience at the Air Force Academy (1992-94, 2005-07), Ohio (1995-2004) and Wake Forest (2008-13).
At Wake Forest, Knorr worked with the outside linebackers in 2013 after he coached the inside linebackers in 2011 and 2012. The Demon Deacons allowed 24.1 points (38th nationally), 143.2 rushing yards (34th), 223.0 passing yards and 366.2 total yards (32nd) per game last season.
In 2012, WFU forced 23 turnovers and ranked second in the ACC with 12 forced fumbles. During conference play, Wake Forest ranked in the top half of the conference in eight of the 12 major defensive categories. Inside linebacker Mike Olson finished second on the team with 78 tackles, while fellow inside linebacker Riley Haynes ended the campaign fourth with 60 stops.