Tem Lukabu - Establishing Defensive Cultureby Lauren's First and Goal
In this course, Coach Tem Lukabu, Defensive Coordinator for Boston College, dives into just how to develop a team defensive mentality. He talks about his philosophy, team effort, and overall mentality.
A rising star in the coaching industry, Lukabu returns to the collegiate ranks after spending the 2019 season as the Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach. In his one season with the Bengals, Lukabu mentored linebacker Nick Vigil, who was second on the team in tackles with 111 stops. It marked his fifth year as a NFL coach in 2019 for Lukabu. A former linebacker, Lukabu was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Colgate from 2000-03.
During his time at Colgate, he helped the Raiders to back-to-back Patriot League titles and was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in both 2002 and ’03, becoming the first player to claim that honor twice. He was a first-team All-Patriot League selection both seasons and was named a third-team Associated Press All-American. He was also a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the national defensive player of the year in Division I-AA. Lukabu came to Cincinnati after spending the 2018 season at Mississippi State, where he served as the linebackers coach.
In 2018, Lukabu helped Mississippi State’s defense become one of the top units in college football. The Bulldogs’ defense allowed just 144 points, the fewest in the country and the third-fewest in FBS over the last 10 seasons, while ranking sixth nationally in pass defense (164.2 yards per game), 10th in rush defense (104.3 yards per game), and third in total defense (268 yards per game). Additionally, the Bulldogs’ 36 sacks ranked second in the SEC.