Al Davis, Kevin Peoples Take Defensive Line Reins in 2022

Hunter Dyke / Mizzou Athletics


Davis begins his second season with the Tigers, new people at Columbia.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Football Head Coach Eliah drinkwitz Announced Al Davis as assistant inside defensive line coach and Kevin Peoples as assistant edge defensive line coach on Friday.

The 2022 season will mark Davis’ second with the Tigers. Peoples come to Columbia after two seasons in Indiana and training stops at Tulane, Georgia Southern, Arkansas and Arkansas State (among others).

Al Davis and Kevin Peoples are strong coaches and leaders to work with our defensive line, “Drinkwitz said.” They have experience individually but also together with their relationship. We made good progress on the line as the season progressed. Our defensive linemen will learn a lot from Al and Kevin. “

Davis was promoted to Mizzou’s defensive line coach in October 2021. He led defensive tackles at Illinois in 2020. Davis’s season in Illinois came after three years at Hutchinson Community College, where he was promoted to associate head coach and co -defensive coordinator. .

He was a defensive graduate assistant coach at Arkansas during the 2014-16 seasons after signing for the Razorbacks from 2009-12. He served as captain in his senior year in 2012.

“I am proud of the progress we made as a defensive line in 2021,” Davis said. “I am grateful for this opportunity to continue as a member of the Coach Drinkwitz staff. Working with Coach Peoples, a man I know well and who played for me, brings excitement and experience to our group.”

Under Peoples, a 29-year veteran coach, IU led the Big Ten in sacks for the first time in program history in 2020. Jerome Johnson, who signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, became the first tackle Hoosiers defender to win first-team honors in every conference since Hurvin McCormack in 1993.

He came to Bloomington after four seasons as Tulane University’s defensive line coach. People were part of Green Wave teams that won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in program history in 2018 and 2019. Three-conference defensive end Patrick Johnson led the team in sacks both years and finished his career with 24.5, which is on top of Tulane’s log book.

Peoples also spent time training defensive lines at Georgia Southern (2014-15), UAB (2013), Arkansas (2011-12), Arkansas State (2002-09), Northwestern State (2001), Las Vegas Outlaws (2000) Central. Missouri (1997-98), Northwestern State (1996), Blinn Community College (1995), Carroll College (1993-94)

He served as Arkansas High School Relations Director in 2010 and Northern Arizona Special Teams and Defensive Line Coach in 1999.

“I’m excited to be a part of the culture that Coach Drinkwitz is building here at the University of Missouri,” Peoples said. “Being back at the SEC and working with this group of coaches and staff, including one of my former players, is great motivation. I look forward to meeting and working with our student-athletes.”

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