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Brian Stewart Likely To Be Hired As Maryland Football Defensive Coordinator, According To Report

The Maryland Terrapins are expected to hire Brian Stewart, formerly of the Houston Cougars, to replace Todd Bradford as defensive coordinator, reports the Washington Post. "Stewart's deal with Terps is not yet signed," the Post says, "but barring something unforeseen, it will happen."

On a per-game basis, Maryland yielded 34.8 points and 457.2 yards of total offense under Bradford during the 2011 season, including 219.8 rushing yards. Stewart's Cougars fared much better: though the team is renowned for its offense, the defense played well too, giving up only 22.4 points per game and 380.3 yards of offense.

Stewart's coaching career began as a wide receiver/running back specialist with the Cal Poly Mustangs in 1993. He didn't switch to a defensive coach until 1997, his first year with the San Jose St. Spartans, where he served as the defensive backs coach. He's coached in college and at the NFL level; prior to taking the Cougars' defensive coordinator position, he was a special assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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