Jon Hoke

University of Maryland

Defensive Coordinator / DBs

Conference: Big Ten

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
Jon Hoke has been a fierce competitor in the game of football for over 35 years both on the Professional and College level. In Hoke’s first year at the helm of the Terrapin defense in 2019, he saw star safety Antoine Brooks Jr. shine, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors after leading the Big Ten and ranking ninth nationally with 69 solo tackles and ranking third among all Big Ten defensive backs with 87 total tackles. He is a top Defensive Coordinator producing NFL quality players year after year. His commitment to developing our student athletes is bar none.
Coach's Past Performance
Jon Hoke has coached 21 years in college football and spent 16 years on defensive staffs in the NFL. Prior to Maryland, Hoke was the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2016-18. He served in the same role for the Chicago Bears from 2009-14. Under Hoke’s tutelage, Bears cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman earned four Pro Bowl selections, with Tillman being named first-team All-Pro and Jennings being named second-team All-Pro in 2012. During Hoke’s six seasons in Chicago, the Bears tied for the fourth-most interceptions in the NFL (111) and led the NFL in interceptions returned for touchdowns, with 20. Prior to his time in Chicago, Hoke worked as the Houston Texans’ defensive backs coach for seven seasons (2002-08). During his time with the Texans, defensive backs accounted for 82.8 percent (72 of 87) of the teams’ interceptions. Hoke also has extensive experience as a coordinator at the collegiate level. He spent three seasons (1999-2001) at Florida as the Gators’ defensive coordinator/secondary coach, adding the title of assistant head coach in his final two years. In his last season with the Gators, Florida’s defense ranked first in the SEC in total defense, scoring defense, and pass efficiency defense, and was second in rushing defense. In 2015, Hoke was South Carolina’s co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach. He’s also held college jobs at Dayton, NC State, Bowling Green, San Diego State, Kent State and Missouri.
Team Record and Standings
Maryland is currently 2-2 and in third-place in the Big Ten East, arguably one of the toughest divisions in the country. The Terps have a win over Minnesota at home and picked up a 35-19 win at Penn State. Maryland’s two losses came at the hands of Top 15 teams, falling to No. 14 Northwestern and No. 12 Indiana.
Team/Unit Stats
Despite having an extremely young secondary, which includes starting a true freshman corner and having multiple true sophomores starting or playing significant time, the Terps defense has been excellent against the pass in 2020. Maryland has only allowed 214.0 yards per game through the air, ranking fifth best in the Big Ten. The Terps have also applied pressure on the quarterback, especially in the victory over Penn State. In that win on November 7, Maryland tallied seven sacks, the most for a Terps team in a game since also totaling seven vs. Rutgers in 2016. It was the most sacks in a conference road game for a Maryland team since notching seven at Virginia Tech in 2013.
Individual Player Stats
In Hoke’s first year at the helm of the Terrapin defense in 2019, he saw star safety Antoine Brooks Jr. shine, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors after leading the Big Ten and ranking ninth nationally with 69 solo tackles and ranking third among all Big Ten defensive backs with 87 total tackles. Three other Terps, Nick Cross, Ayinde Eley and Keandre Jones also earned All-Big Ten honors as part of a young Maryland defense that saw the emergence of freshmen defensive backs Cross, Deonte Banks and Lavonte Gater, who all developed under Hoke to earn starting spots by the end of the season. In 2020, linebacker Chance Campbell has shined for the Terps defense, ranking 18th in the FBS and third in the Big Ten in total tackles per game (10.75) and third in the Big Ten in solo tackles per game with 5.5 after totaling 43 (22 solo) over the first four games of the season. The junior also leads the team and ranks fifth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game with 1.4. Maryland has three players – Campbell, Mosiah Nasili-Kite and Ruben Hyppolite II that rank among the Top 20 in the Big Ten in sacks per game. Defensive Backs Tarheeb Still and Cross rank among the Top 10 players in the Big Ten in passes defended, with Still ranking fourth in the league with 1.33 per game.