Rusty Wright finds defensive line coach

UTC head football coach Rusty Wright announced that Landius Wilkerson will be joining the Mocs’ staff under the same capacity. Wilkerson will also serve as recruiting coordinator for the Mocs. He fills the void in the defensive line coaching position that was made when Kenny Baker left Chattanooga for Western Kentucky.

Wilkerson comes to the Mocs from Jacksonville State, where he spent the previous two seasons as the Gamecock’s defensive line coach. In his first year at JSU, the defense ranked tops in the OVC and seventh nationally in tackles for loss. The 2018 Gamecock defense was also top 15 in total defense. Before joining the staff at Jacksonville State, Wilkerson spent eight seasons as defensive line coach Montgomery, Alabama’s Huntingdon College. He helped two of his defensive lineman, D.J. Chappell and Heath McCray, earn All-American honors during his time at Huntingdon.

The Mocs return All-SoCon defensive linemen Devonsha Maxwell, Telvin Jones and Khayyan Edwards. Maxwell led the conference with 7.0 sacks this past season, earning consensus first-team honors. Jones earned second-team honors by the league’s coaches, and Edwards was a consensus second-team selection, respectively.

Landius Wilkerson is a graduate of nearby McMinn Central High School, where he was a two-time All-State defensive lineman. In college, he attended Alabama State, earning All-Conference honors as a three-year starter on the offensive line.