Dave Cohen - Movements and Stunts to Stop The Runby Lauren's First and Goal
Coach Dave Cohen talks to us about what techniques and stunts his defenseive line uses to defend the rush.
Dave Cohen enters his eighth season on the Wake Forest football staff after spending the previous two seasons at Rutgers. Cohen, who coaches the defensive line, added assistant head coach of defense duties at Wake Forest ahead of the 2019 season. Since joining the Wake Forest staff prior to the 2014 season, Cohen has made an impact on the Demon Deacon front four. Each season since he has arrived on campus at least one defensive lineman has earned All-ACC honors. This includes Miles Fox (AP First Team All-ACC) in 2020 and Carlos “Boogie” Bashham Jr. (First Team All-ACC) in 2019. Fox concluded the 2020 season with 24 tackles, including a team-high 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. The Piccolo Award nominee registered at least one defensive stop for loss in seven of the Deacs' nine games, including one in each of Wake Forest's final five games. Basham enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign off the edge under the guidance of Cohen, racking up an ACC-best with 18.0 tackles for loss while tying for 14th nationally with 11.0 sacks. Between the 2018-20 seasons, Basham had a streak of 23 consecutive games with a tackle for loss. It was the longest streak in FBS by at least 14 games when it came to a close on Oct. 31, 2020. Basham finished fourth on the Wake Forest all-time sacks list and 11th in tackles-for-loss. Cohen has also proven to put plenty of talent in the NFL, producing at least one pro player at four different stops including Wake Forest. A 2017 graduate, Duke Ejifor posted 17 sacks over his final two seasons on campus and went on to be drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round. In previous stops, Cohen has also spent time teaching the linebacker position. While at Rutgers, he helped tutor one of the most accomplished players in Scarlet Knights’ history in Kasheem Green. The 2012 Big East Defensive Player of the Year racked up 136 tackles, six sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns en route to being named a first team All-American honoree. He also has a history as a play caller earning the NCAA I-AA Defensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Monthly magazine while at Delaware. The Blue Hens captured the 2003 National Championship, shutting out Colgate, 40-0, in the title game. Cohen’s success at Delaware helped him earn a head coaching job at Hofstra where he was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, the top FCS coach in the country, in 2007.