LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the country, Todd Grantham was tabbed by University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino to become the school’s defensive coordinator and safeties coach on Thursday.
Todd comes to Louisville after four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, including two seasons as the associate head coach. During his time with Georgia, the Bulldogs advanced to four-consecutive bowl games and compiled a 36-18-1 record with Grantham at the helm of the defense.
“To get a coach like Todd Grantham on our staff says a lot about our program,” Petrino said. “I’ve had the opportunity to compete against Todd’s defenses over the years and have been very impressed with his scheme and how hard his players compete. Todd will be a great addition to lead our defense.”
Under Todd Grantham’s leadership, the Georgia defense put up solid numbers. Last season, with a young and injury depleted unit, the Bulldogs ended the year 8-5 and finished eighth in the country in tackles for loss and 28th in sacks.
The 2012 season saw the Bulldogs finish with a 12-2 record, which included a loss to Alabama, the eventual national champion, in the SEC title game. Georgia, which won the Capital One Bowl, ended the campaign 18th in the country in scoring defense, holding five opponents to 10 or fewer points, and eighth nationally in pass defense.
In his second season at Georgia, the defense showed a dramatic jump in the national statistics. The group finished the year fifth nationally in total defense (11th versus rushing, 10th versus passing), third in third-down defense, fifth in interceptions, and seventh in turnovers gained (32), which ranked first in the SEC.
His resume includes an 11-year NFL career, lastly as the Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach.
He was with the Cowboys for two years after spending three seasons as defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (2005-07), and six years as defensive line coach for both the Houston Texans (2002-04) and Indianapolis Colts (1999-01). He helped the Browns to a 10-win season in 2007.
The Cowboys’ defensive unit was one of the best in the league, ranking second in scoring defense (15.6 points per game), fourth in rushing defense (90.5 yards per game), seventh in sacks (42.0 per game), and ninth in total defense (315.9 yards per game). Dallas finished eighth in the NFL in total defense in 2008 and led the league with 59 sacks, with 13.5 coming from the defensive linemen.
In addition, Dallas nose guard Jay Ratliff, a sixth round draft choice, was named to consecutive Pro Bowls under Todd Grantham and All-Pro Demarcus Ware recorded a career-high 20 sacks in 2008.
Prior to his tenure with the Colts, Todd Grantham made his name in the collegiate ranks, when he served for three seasons as Michigan State’s defensive line coach and one as assistant head coach at Michigan State. Grantham also spent six years (1990-95) at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, coaching defensive ends and inside linebackers (1990-91) and defensive tackles (1992-93).
In 1995, the Hokies ranked first nationally in rushing defense, fifth in scoring defense, and 10th in total defense. Virginia Tech totaled 50 sacks en route to the BIG EAST title and a Sugar Bowl triumph over Texas in 1995.
During his career, Todd Grantham has worked under several successful head coaches and defensive coordinators on both the pro and college levels, including Frank Beamer and Bud Foster at Virginia Tech, Nick Saban at Michigan State, Romeo Crennel at Cleveland, Dom Capers at Houston, and Wade Phillips at Dallas.
Todd Grantham played guard and tackle for the Hokies from 1984-88. He earned second-team All-South and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior.