UTEP’s Kugler Tabs Browning as Defensive Line Coach


POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 3:17pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 7:37pm

UTEP Coach Sean Kugler announced the second addition to his defensive staff with the appointment of Andrew Browning as defensive line coach on Wednesday.

One of the heroes of Boise State’s 2007 Fiesta Bowl championship team, Browning served as a member of the Bronco staff for the last three years. He was in charge of defensive quality control in 2010 before working as a defensive graduate assistant from 2011-2012.

“Coach Browning was a player at Boise State when I was there,” Kugler said. “He is a self-made player and coach. He went to Boise State as a walk-on and ended up being probably the best defensive lineman they have ever had. He played with a relentless motor and unbelievable work ethic, and that has carried over into his coaching. Since he graduated he has worked on Chris Petersen’s staff and has done a great job coaching and recruiting. He possesses the kind of character that we’re trying to bring into this program. His youth and energy will be well served.”

Over the last three years the Broncos compiled a 35-4 record with two conference championships and three bowl wins. Boise State held national top-15 rankings in scoring defense in 2010 (second, 12.8 ppg), 2011 (12th, 18.7 ppg) and 2012 (eighth, 15.8 ppg). The Broncos rated in the top-20 in total defense in 2010 (second, 254.7 ypg), 2011 (16th, 320.9 ypg) and 2012 (13th, 315.6 ypg). The Bronco defense produced 12 first team All-Conference selections since 2010 – DL Mike Atkinson (2012), DL Tyrone Crawford (2011), DB Jeron Johnson (2010), DL Demarcus Lawrence (2012), DL Shea McClellin (2010 & 2011), DB George Iloka (2010 & 2011), LB J.C. Percy (2012), DB Jamar Taylor (2012), LB Winston Venable (2010) and DL Ryan Winterswyk (2010).

A four-year letterwinner at Boise State (2003-06), Browning concluded his career with 143 tackles (57 solo), 21.5 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks. After initially walking on to the team, he was named honorable mention All-WAC as a sophomore, second team as a junior and first team as a senior. He was also recognized as a second team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine in 2006. In the historic 43-42 win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Browning was credited with six tackles, a tackle for loss and a half-sack. He established career-highs for tackles (46), tackles for losses (11) and sacks (8.5) his senior year.

He graduated from Boise State with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2007.

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