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USF’s Jeff Scott completes inaugural staff with hiring of FAU safeties coach Wes Neighbors

The Bulls have three assistants currently younger than 30, most in the American Athletic Conference.
New USF coach Jeff Scott has completed his 10-member staff of onfield assistants. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
New USF coach Jeff Scott has completed his 10-member staff of onfield assistants. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Jan. 10
Updated Jan. 10

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.

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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

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