Mississippi State has reportedly hired Todd Grantham as its defensive coordinator, firing Peter Shirmon after only one year with the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State’s defense couldn’t stop anyone during the 2016 season, ranking No. 110 in the nation in total defense, allowing 459.1 yards and 31.8 points per game in Peter Shirmon’s first season as defensive coordinator.
That will be the only season that Shirmon serves in that position with the program, as Mississippi State has hired Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to the same position. Shirmon will not return to the head coach Dan Mullen’s staff, per Pete Thamel.
Grantham spent the last three season under Bobby Petrino as the head of the defense along with serving as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Louisville’s defense was solid this season, finishing No. 14 in total defense while giving up 23.8 points per game. However, the unit was vastly overlooked due to the play of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Prior to joining the Cardinals, Grantham spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs. He also brings experience NFL experience, having worked for the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, and Dallas Cowboys in the years leading up to a return to the collegiate ranks.
The Bulldogs defense took a major step back with Shirmon in charge, allowing 68 more yards and eight more points than they did in 2015, when Mullen’s team finished with a 9-4 record.