Mike Elko, Texas A&M - Developing A Championship Defenseby Lauren's First and Goal
In this course, Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator of Texas A&M, details the drills, fundamentals, and coverages he uses to lead the Aggie Defense. Some items mentioned are...
Ball Disruption, Fumble Recovery, QB Defense. Elko starts with the essentials of great defense in this course.
Veteran defensive coach Mike Elko is in his second season overseeing the Wrecking Crew as defensive coordinator.
Elko, one of a select group of defensive coordinators nationally that has overseen a top 50 defense the past seven seasons, came to Texas A&M after one season of directing Notre Dame's defense.
In his lone season in South Bend, the Irish's defense ranked in the top half nationally in all four major defensive categories as the Irish finished with a 10-3 record, which included a 21-17 win over LSU in the 2018 Citrus Bowl. Elko was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.
Notre Dame's defense showed marked improvement in total defense under Elko with an average of 369.2 yards allowed per game. Additionally, the Irish improved at least 20 spots in the national rankings in rush defense (72nd to 51st), pass-efficiency defense (79th to 46th), scoring defense (62nd to 31st), third-down defense (60th to 37th), turnovers gained (104th to 50th), sacks (117th to 82nd) and tackles for loss (102nd to 58th).