COLLEGE STATION, Texas- An 18-year collegiate coach who is considered a strong recruiter in the state of Texas, Buddy Wyatt returns to Texas A&M as defensive line coach, Aggie head coach Mike Sherman announced today.
"When I was the head football coach and general manager at Green Bay, I came to visit Texas A&M's senior pro day during the time Coach Wyatt was here at A&M and I was impressed by how prepared his players were," Sherman said. "His players seemed to make a smooth transition from college football to the NFL and Buddy had them well prepared for the next level."
"Coach Wyatt fits the bill of what I look for in a coach," Sherman added. "He is a great communicator as well as a passionate coach about football and Texas A&M."
Wyatt served as the defensive line coach at Texas A&M from 2000 through the 2002 season working with future NFL players such as Ty Warren (New England Patriots), Rocky Bernard (Seattle Seahawks), Ron Edwards (Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills) and Ronald Flemons (formerly with the Atlanta Falcons).
The 2001 Wrecking Crew finished the year ranked 10th in overall defense allowing 294 yards per game.
"My family and I are excited to be back in Aggieland," Wyatt said. "We really enjoyed our time in College Station and I am excited to be a part of Coach Sherman's staff. I have always recruited the state of Texas and I look forward to renewing many friendships and relationships with high school coaches across the state."
Wyatt worked with the four starters on the 2006 Nebraska Cornhusker defensive front prior to the Cotton Bowl that made opening day rosters in the NFL, including first-round selection Adam Carriker with the St. Louis Rams.
In June of 2007, Wyatt was recognized when he was selected to participate in the Expert Coaches Academy, an NCAA program that addresses the critical shortage of ethnic minorities in head coaching positions in the sport of college football, primarily at the Division I level.
Before arriving in Lincoln, Wyatt coached four years for the Alabama Crimson Tide and recruited nationally. He was responsible for bringing the Mississippi High School Player of the Year to Alabama twice during his tenure and helped the Tide rank among the country's Top 20 recruiting classes each year.
The Tide defensive units were among the best in the country. The 2004 edition led the country in pass defense, ranked second in total defense and ranked seventh in scoring defense. The 2005 Tide defense led the country in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense and finished the year ranking in the Top 9 of all five major defensive categories.
Prior to coming to Aggieland (2000-2002) on Coach R.C. Slocum's staff, Wyatt worked on Gary Barnett's staff for three years, 1997-98 at Northwestern and the 1999 campaign at Colorado.
During his time at CU, he helped develop NFL players Justin Bannon (Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens) and Tyler Brayton (Oakland Raiders).
Wyatt's first exposure to the Big 12 Conference came in 1996 when he served as the defensive line coach for Bob Simmons and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. At OSU, he worked with current NFL star Jamal Williams of the San Diego Chargers.
His first full-time coaching experience came at the University of Minnesota from 1992-95 where he served on the staff of Jim Wacker, Wyatt's collegiate head coach at TCU.
Wyatt was a four-year letterman (1986-89) as a defensive lineman for the TCU Horned Frogs and played two years on the professional level. He graduated with a degree in education in 1990 and served as a graduate assistant at TCU during the 1991 season.
Wyatt played at Victoria Stroman High School where he also lettered in basketball and track.
Wyatt and his wife, Andrea, have two children, Fredrick and Ariel.
2008-present: Texas A&M (defensive line)
2006-07: Nebraska (defensive line)
2003-06: Alabama (defensive line)
2000-02: Texas A&M (defensive line)
1999: Colorado (defensive line)
1997-98: Northwestern (defensive line)
1996: Oklahoma State (defensive line)
1992-95: Minnesota (defensive line)
1991: TCU (graduate asst./defensive line)