LINCOLN — Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter cut his teeth on the defensive side of the ball, serving as coordinator at two schools — Air Force and Navy — that embraced the triple option.
But DeRuyter also spent 2010 and 2011 as Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator. And there, he saw the offenses that gave him the greatest headaches: No-huddle, spread-it-out, throw-it-all-over attacks. Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. In 2011, the Aggies had the best run defense in the Big 12, giving up just 101 yards per game. That only earned A&M a 7-6 record. A 109th-ranked pass defense didn’t help.