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Maryland adds Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater to staff, announces new roles

Maryland adds Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater to staff, announces new roles

Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater will join the Maryland football team as its new safeties coach, the school announced Tuesday.

The Thundering Herd had one of the top defenses in the nation this past season, ranking No. 28 in total defense (341.7 yards allowed per game), No. 17 in scoring defense (19.9 points allowed per game) and tied for 10th in red-zone defense.

The season before his arrival, Marshall ranked second to last in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense. The unit’s 20.1-point improvement was the best by a major college team in over a decade.

Heater, 65, a West Virginia native, returned home to the program as defensive coordinator in 2013...

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