Pete Golding

Alabama

Defensive Coordinator/Inside LB

Conference: SEC

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
The 2021 Alabama Crimson Tide defense has improved each week of the 2021 season, and they were pretty good to begin with. Defensive coordinator Pete Golding has taken a good mix of returning starters and young talent and molded them into one of the top defensive units in the country. This season has seen the Crimson Tide have to adjust to a dizzying array of offensive tactics, many times different than that what opponents had shown on film all season. Alabama has long been known for its 3-4 base defense, elaborate third-down blitz packages and pattern match defenses, but in today’s era of offensive football the ability to drop eight players into coverage and still stop the run has become more and more important and that is something Golding has played more and more over the last two seasons. Alabama has seen offenses attack through the air (MSU 55 pass attempts) and on the ground (Florida 43 rush attempts) with everyone spreading you from sideline to sideline and forcing you to cover and tackle in space, something UA has excelled at. Will Anderson Jr. has been Golding’s difference maker, using him in a variety of looks and different fronts.
Coach's Past Performance
Golding came to Tuscaloosa after stops at UTSA, Southern Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, Delta State and Tusculum College. He arrived in 2018 as the co-defensive coordinator before assuming the full-time coordinating duties in 2019. He mentored a defense that helped the Crimson Tide capture the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship in dominating fashion.
Team Record and Standings
Alabama is currently 9-1 on the season and 5-1 and leading the SEC Western Division. That includes wins over No. 15 Miami, No. 11 Florida, #12 Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU. The Tide is ranked second in the College Football Playoff rankings and No. 2 in the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches poll.
Team/Unit Stats
No. 3/3 nationally and 2supnd/sup in the SEC in rushing defense (81.5 ypg) No. 5/4 nationally and 2supnd/sup in the SEC in total defense (288.3 ypg) No. 12/9 nationally and 3suprd/sup in the SEC in scoring defense (18.2 ppg) No. 13/7 nationally and 2supnd/sup in the SEC in 3suprd/sup down conversion percentage (31.7%) No. 15/7 nationally and 2supnd/sup in the SEC in passes intercepted (12) No. 16/7 nationally and 3suprd/sup in the SEC in first downs defense (171)
Individual Player Stats
Will Anderson Jr. is No. 1 nationally in sacks per game (1.25) Will Anderson Jr. is No. 1 nationally in sacks (12.5) Will Anderson Jr. is No. 1 nationally in TFL per game (2.4) Will Anderson Jr. is No. 1 nationally in TFLs (24.0) Justin Eboigbe is No. 12 nationally in fumble recoveries (2) Phil Mathis is No. 12 nationally in fumble recoveries (2) Jalyn Armour-Davis is No. 30 nationally in interceptions (0.3 pg)