New USF coach Jeff Scott added the finishing touch Friday to the program’s youngest staff ever, officially naming FAU safeties coach Wes Neighbors to the same position with the Bulls.
A former Alabama safety whose father and grandfather also played for the Crimson Tide, Neighbors doesn’t turn 30 until next Friday. One of three USF assistants currently under 30, his addition puts the current average age of the Bulls staff (Scott and his 10 assistants) at 35.6, youngest in the American Athletic Conference.
Neighbors spent the past two seasons at FAU, which led the nation in interceptions (22), total takeaways (33) and turnover margin (plus-21) in 2019. Before that, he worked seven seasons at Alabama in various capacities including student assistant, graduate assistant and defensive analyst.
During his playing career (2008-11), the Crimson Tide won a pair of BCS national titles (’09 and ’11).
“Wes had great success at FAU the last two seasons and brings tremendous experience as both a player and staff member on Alabama teams that won five national championships,” Scott said in a USF news release.
2020 USF football staff
Jeff Scott, head coach
Glenn Spencer, defensive coordinator/linebackers
Charlie Weis Jr., offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Da’Quan Bowers, defensive line
Daniel Da Prato, special teams
Xavier Dye, receivers
Joey King, tight ends
Allen Mogridge, offensive line
Jules Montinar, cornerbacks
Wes Neighbors, safeties
Pat White, running backs