Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

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Chris Wilson was named defensive line coach at the University of Georgia in January, 2013, after serving three years at Mississippi State as defensive coordinator, co-defensive coordinator, and defensive line coach.

Wilson joined the Mississippi State staff as co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 2010 before being named defensive coordinator in 2011. Under Wilson's leadership, Mississippi State improved in seven major statistical categories in 2011, while ranking 16th nationally in scoring defense (19.7 points per game).

In 2010, Wilson served as the Mississippi State defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator after spending the previous five years tutoring defensive linemen at his alma mater, Oklahoma. Wilson is a veteran of 16 years coaching at the collegiate level with stints at Indiana State (linebackers, 1993-94), Northern Illinois (linebackers,1995), Illinois State (defensive line, 1997-99), Colorado (defensive line, 2000-04) and Oklahoma (defensive ends/special teams coordinator, 2005-09).

The 2011 Mississippi State defense placed 17th in the country in red-zone scoring (73.91 percent) as well as eighth in the FBS in big plays allowed (37 of 20-plus yards). Wilson helped lower the points-per-game output and lessened the passing yards per game by more than 500 yards from 2010.

The 2011 Bulldogs tied for seventh in the country with 31 forced turnovers, including 15 fumble recoveries (T-8th) and 16 interceptions (T-14th). Out of 124 FBS teams, MSU finished 29th in the country in scoring defense. Leading the defensive line was Fletcher Cox, the 12th-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Cox was the Bulldogs' fi rst defensive All-American in over a decade.

The Bulldog defense allowed nearly 300 fewer yards on the ground and accumulated 29 more tackles behind the line of scrimmage than it did the year prior to Wilson's arrival. Wilson's defensive front ranked among the nation's leaders in both rushing defense (15th) and tackles for loss (17th), improving from ranks of 62nd and 89th the year before.

Wilson coached defensive ends at Oklahoma and, for the last three years of his tenure, also served as special teams coordinator. In 2009, Wilson helped mentor a defensive front that finished eighth nationally against the run, allowing only 92 yards per game, and posted the sixth-most sacks in the country. The Sooner defense also finished the season ranked eighth in total defense and seventh in points allowed.

In 2007, Wilson helped guide his alma mater's defense to a conference-leading 32 sacks, 15 of which came from his ends. Sophomore Auston English ranked 15th nationally in sacks despite missing three games and was named first-team All-Big 12. The year prior, his ends logged 25.5 tackles for loss including 10 sacks.

During Wilson's tenure in Boulder, Colorado captured the Big 12 North title three times, with the Buffaloes ranking 15th nationally and second in the Big 12 with 33 sacks in 2004. Wilson also coached on the Illinois State squad that captured the Gateway Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA semifinals in 1999.

He and his wife, Tina, have two children: Caleb and Colby

2011- Mississippi State (Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
2010: Mississippi State (Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
2007-09: Oklahoma (Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ends)
2005-06: Oklahoma (Defensive Ends)
2000-04: Colorado (Defensive Line)
2000 (Spr.): Army (Defensive Line)
1998-99: Illinois State (Defensive Line)
1997: Indiana State (Linebackers / Recruiting Coordinator)
1996: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
1995: Northern Illinois (Linebackers)
1994: Indiana State (Linebackers)
1993: Indiana State (Graduate Assistant)

Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1969
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Education: 1992 - Bachelor's degree from Oklahoma
Wife: Tina
Children: Caleb and Colby

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