Larry McDaniel named Indiana defensive line coach

Larry McDaniel, a four-year starter at Indiana and former team captain and the defensive line coach at Bowling Green the last three years, was named Indiana’s defensive line coach on Tuesday. He replaces the departed Jon Fabris.

The release from Indiana athletics follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson announced Tuesday that Larry McDaniel will serve as the program’s defensive line coach. McDaniel has spent the last three years as the defensive line coach at Bowling Green State University.

“Larry is a very impressive coach and has always been on our radar,” Wilson said. “He is a former Hoosier captain, graduate assistant and Kelley School of Business alum. Larry has coached the MAC Defensive Player of the Year two of the last four seasons. His linemen are always fundamentally sound, physical and well coached. Larry is a great fit for what we want to accomplish on defense and we welcome him, his wife Arlena, and their three children to Indiana.”

McDaniel was a four-year starter (1989-92) at nose guard and a senior captain with the Hoosiers. He graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

“I am so happy Coach Wilson reached out to me and gave me this opportunity,” McDaniel said. “It’s a thrill to come back to Indiana University. Where I am in the coaching industry is a direct result of what I learned from my mentors at IU. Coach Bill Mallory was instrumental in my development as a coach and a man. To have the chance to give that knowledge back to these young men at Indiana is a dream come true.”

Bowling Green won the 2013 MAC Championship, played in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and went 10-4. The Falcons defense recorded 30 sacks, led by defensive tackle Ted Ouellet’s 6.5. Ouellet added 32 tackles, eight tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries en route to second team all-conference honors.

McDaniel’s defensive line was one of the strongest and deepest units in the MAC, holding opponents to a league-best 150.6 yards per game on the ground.

In 2012, Bowling Green finished 10th in the country with 38 sacks. Defensive tackle Chris Jones was eighth in the country with 12.5 sacks and tied for 11th with 19 tackles for loss.

Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots and made 61 tackles and seven sacks in 13 starts as a rookie. He (first team) and Ouellet (third team) both earned a spot on the 2012 All-MAC team. Jones was also a first team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

In McDaniel’s first season with BGSU, Jones led the MAC with 8.5 sacks, and earned first team all-league honors, adding 14.0 tackles for loss. In all, the front four had 16 sacks.

Prior to his stint with the Falcons, McDaniel spent eight seasons at Kent State (2003-10), four at Ball State (1999-2003), one at Southwest Missouri State (1998) and one as a graduate assistant at Indiana (1997).

McDaniel helped coach Roosevelt Nix to the 2010 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award, the first freshman in conference history to win the honor. Nix went on to be named a first team Freshman All-American by Sporting News,, Phil Steele, and the Football Writers Association of America.

The Kent State defense finished third in points allowed (22.9) and first in total yards (306.7), while recording a school record 35 sacks (KSU had 33 sacks in 2009).

McDaniel coached the defensive tackles in his first two seasons at Ball State, then assumed responsibility for the entire defensive line his final two years. The Cardinals were MAC West Division tri-champions in 2001.

At Southwest Missouri State University, McDaniel tutored the tight ends and was the assistant recruiting coordinator. He worked as a graduate assistant at IU in 1997 after he served as an assistant strength coach at the school the previous summer.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., McDaniel was in private business for four years before joining the coaching ranks at his alma mater.

He and his wife, Arlena, have two daughters, Lauren and Shelby, and a son, Mac.


  1. Larry McDaniel sounds great! But every coach must produce wins now, in 2014 and 2015, or the broom will appear! It is now or never in 2014 and 2015. Good luck to them all! We have seen what “half” of a really good football team can accomplish, and it is NOT enough!

  2. This seems like a really good hire. The guy’s got a great background, and did awesome work at Bowling Green (although we put up a ton of points on them this year). It’s nice to bring a former Hoosier back home. I think he can really grow at IU, and wish him the best of luck taking over our D-Line.

    I do worry a bit that he doesn’t have experience with a 3-4. With our DC at the very least looking to run 3-4 in a multiple package, we don’t have position coaches well versed in that system. I’m sure that they know the fundamentals, as you don’t become a BCS position coach without knowing at least a bit about a 3-4, but the nuances are important, and you don’t pick those up without putting in time.

    I’m interested to see how the defense improves in the fall. If we learn to stop the run (which seems to be Knorr’s specialty), slowing down the pass will follow.

  3. With the exception of losing Littrell, some really exciting things are happening for IU Football. Quality coaches, recruits and positive momentum. Excited for the season to start.

  4. Doctor

    The most variation in a 3-4 comes from the OLB playing at the line of scrimmage. The OLB in a 3-4 is very similar to a rushing DE that just occasionally drops back into coverage in a 4-3 alignment. And the nuances of that will be taught by the LB coaches Knorr and/or Inge who also has 3-4 experience. The basic premise of a 3-4 is disguising where your 4 man front is coming from.

  5. All the pieces are in place.

    That’s what we said when we landed Cody…(other than it was ‘Elite 8’ or bust. Unfortunately, no bust, still fake boobs and a Jeremy ‘power ranking’ at #9).

  6. Agree that the staff additions all sound great and appear to be clear upgrades. But, lets be realistic…our defense is starting literally at the back of the pack…way back. It will take some time (at least a season) to field a credible defensive unit. 2014 objectives need to be focused on controlling run game, third down stops and line pressure. If we just move from where we are now to the 80-90 best defense, we probably go to a bowl…a worthy and realistic 2014 objective.

  7. iufan23 – look at our 2014 schedule and tell me how without another historically bad defense we don’t win 8 games. All those freshmen we played last year will get better just having a year of competition under their belt.

  8. I agree with Aruss. If we didn’t have the youngest starting defense in the country we were pretty close. I know there were some games that had 6-7 freshman starting on defense. That is pretty unheard of in D1 football. That experience will start paying off next year and there are some pretty good recruits coming in next too.

  9. iufan23, You are correct. Next year will be noticeable improvement by the D but not a large shocking leap(unless Knorr makes a bigger impact than I expect). That will take place in 2015.

  10. I too am optimistic about the changes made to the Defensive staff and the potential improvement we’ll see from next season’s defense. It will be interesting to see what the new DC emphasizes in this year’s spring practice. Hopefully, it will include more time spent on learning and practicing the fundamentals essential to being good defensive players.

  11. Aruss- what schedule are you viewing? The IU web site only shows conf. games. Anyone know why? I recall N. Texas St. at Bloomington and Missouri in Columbia (can’t recall the other two) on the last full 2014 schedule I saw.

  12. Two concerns. One regarding our switching to a 3/4 allignment. First do we have the personnel to execute this scheme. You need an immovable NG, and ends who have the bulk and strength of a tackle but the agility and speed of an end. Don’t know if we have enough of those kinds of linemen.

    Secondly where are people seeing eight wins? Not saying it isn’t possible, just wondering who people consider to be locks. ISU, BGSU, and North Texas are probably the best bet for three wins, but didn’t we say that a couple of years ago when we played North Texas?

    After watching last seasons juggernaut offense I have come to the conclusion that offense alone will not get us to a bowl game. We have to learn to play defense and until they display that they can I will reserve making any predictions about wins and losses.

  13. As optimistic as I am for 2014, I don’t see eight victories on that schedule! North Texas is good and an up and coming program. We can’t take them for granted. I feel more comfortable predicting six victories next year. Seven victories would be a huge bonus.

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