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Lobos promote Peterson to replace Cosgrove as defensive coordinator

Jordan Peterson.

Jordan Peterson, New Mexico’s defensive pass game coordinator and safeties coach last year, is replacing Kevin Cosgrove as Lobos’ defensive coordinator, head coach Bob Davie said he told his team Tuesday morning.

Cosgrove, who had been the defensive coordinator the past six seasons, will stay on staff as linebackers coach. Peterson will continue to coach the safeties.

“Obviously, defensively things didn’t go as well as we wanted to last year,” said Davie, who is set to announce the latest recruits to join the Lobos on Wednesday, the first day of the regular signing period for football.

“It’s all of us involved. It’s not one person to blame nor is it one person that will solve it all. To address the problems he gives us our best option to become better on defense.”

Stan Eggen (defensive line) and Perry Eliano (cornerbacks, special teams) also remain on the staff.

Davie said he still plans to hire another linebacker coach to fill the spot that Archie McDaniel manned last year. McDaniel, who coached the outside linebackers last season, left to become the co-defensive coordinator at Texas State.

Of Peterson, 31, who joined UNM in 2017, “I feel like he’s a rising star in this profession,” Davie said. “His energy, his knowledge, his relationship with players, he’s really a bright, young coach.”

Last year’s defense fell well below expectations for the Lobos in their second consecutive 3-9 season. Davie said he believed he had the best defense in his seven years at UNM with regard to talent and continuity. But the defense struggled in several facets, and was also hampered by injuries to senior linebacker Alex Hart and transfer defensive lineman Trent Sellers. The two return to the Lobos after season-ending injuries suffered last season.