South Carolina assistant coach lands coaching job with New York Jets

New York Jets

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, South Carolina Gamecocks defensive analyst Shaq Wilson has been hired by the New York Jets as their assistant defensive line coach.

As a player, Wilson spent five years with the Gamecocks (2008-12). During that span, he racked up 246 total tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, four sacks, and four interceptions. He became a graduate assistant for the program in 2013.

In 2016, Wilson was named the assistant director for recruiting. In 2018, he departed for Tennessee, where he spent three seasons as the assistant director of football sports performance.

Wilson rejoined South Carolina last year as a defensive analyst.

Wilson will coach a talented Jets’ defensive line that includes 2022 first-round pick Jermaine Johnson II, first-team All-Pro Quinnen Williams, and veterans Solomon Thomas, John Franklin-Myers, and Carl Lawson.

The Jets are looking to build off an encouraging 7-10 season. Rookies Sauce Gardner and Breece Hall played at an elite level. If they are able to reach a deal with the Green Bay Packers for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, they could be Super Bowl contenders.

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