Bulldogs Hire Griffin As New DL Coach

Former Idaho State University linebacker coach Rudy Griffin has been hired as Navarro College football’s new defensive line coach.

Griffin replaces Andrae Rowe, who resigned to accept a similar position on the Abilene Christian University Wildcat football staff.

Griffin played two years at The Citadel and two more at The University of Alabama, where he graduated in 2006.

Griffin was a two-year starter at defensive tackle for Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide between 2003 and 2005, when Alabama ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in total defense.  Griffin, from Hepzibah, Ga., was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic Honor Roll.  He earned the honor to serve as a captain during 10-2 Alabama’s 13-10 Cotton-Bowl victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Jan. 2, 2006.

The last two seasons, Griffin coached linebackers for Idaho State University after serving as a graduate assistant at Washington State.  Griffin primarily worked with inside linebackers during his first season at the Pocatello, Id., school.  His role expanded to include the entire linebacking corps during the 2012 season.

At Washington State, he was in charge of editing game film, overseeing recruiting budgets, teaching individual skills and coordinating official recruiting trips.

Earlier in his career, Griffin served as a high school defensive coordinator-linebacker coach at Demopolis, Ala., and as a defensive line-strength coach at Worth County, Ga.