One of the nation’s top secondary coaches, former Boise State defensive standout Marcel Yates is in his second season as the Aggies’ co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach.
Yates’ expertise paid huge dividends in 2012 as he was forced to install four new starters in the defensive backfield, but the group became one of the strengths of the Aggies’ defense. The Aggies ranked in the top 40 nationally in pass efficiency defense and in the top 20 in third-down defense, while grabbing 12 pickoffs. Nine of the 12 interceptions came from the defensive secondary.
Yates came to A&M from Boise State where he coached the defensive backs for nine seasons. Yates directed the entire secondary for the final six seasons, and added defensive pass game coordinator to his coaching responsibilites in 2011. He coached cornerbacks during his first three seasons with the Broncos.
With Yates coaching the Bronco secondary, five defensive backs were drafted by NFL teams in the last six years — Gerald Alexander (2nd round, Detroit Lions, 2007), Orlando Scandrick (5th round, Dallas Cowboys, 2008), Kyle Wilson (1st round, New York Jets, 2010), Brandyn Thompson (7th round, Washington Redskins, 2011) and George Iloka (5th round, Cincinnati Bengals, 2012).
Yates’ oversight of Boise State’s defensive backs paid phenomenal gains. In 2010, the Bronco defense finished the season ranked fourth-nationally in pass defense (150.92), and was also second-nationally in both total defense (254.69) and scoring defense (12.77). Additionally, Boise State led the nation in sacks (3.69), ranked second in the country in both tackles-for-loss (8.38) and pass efficiency defense (95.19), and seventh-nationally in rushing defense (103.77).
In 2009, the Bronco secondary accounted for 16 of Boise State’s 24 interceptions. The Broncos were led by Wilson, who earned first-team All-WAC honors after recording 43 tackles and three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Wilson was also voted second-team Associated Press All-America following his senior year.
In 2008, Yates led a Bronco secondary that recorded 17 of Boise State’s 22 interceptions. Wilson led the way once again, earning first-team All-WAC honors after recording 35 tackles (26 unassisted), five interceptions and 15 pass break-ups. Wilson ranked second in the WAC in interceptions and tied for 18th-nationally for passes defended.
Marty Tadman and Wilson earned first- and second-team All-WAC honors, respectively, in 2007. Tadman was also a second-team All-WAC selection and Defensive MVP of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in 2006, while Wilson was named Freshman All-American. Scandrick was also named to a pair of Freshman All-America teams after starting 12 of Boise State’s 13 games.
Prior to joining the Bronco staff in 2003, Yates served as assistant secondary coach at Montana State in 2001-02. In his second season at MSU, the Bobcats won the program’s first Big Sky Conference Championship and earned its first NCAA Division 1-AA playoff appearance in 18 years.
A four-year letterman for the Broncos at defensive back (1996-99), Yates had an outstanding freshman season, recording 70 tackles in 1996. Yates finished his career with 138 tackles (89 solo). Following the 1999 season he received the team’s Denny Erickson Memorial Award for Valor. Yates received his bachelor’s degree in social science from Boise State in 2000.
Yates and his wife, Melanie, have two children; daughter Kaybrie and son Eric.
Born: Sept. 16, 1977
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
children: Daughter Kaybrie and son Eric
Boise State, bachelor’s degree in social sciences/public affairs, 2000
1996-99: Boise State (defensive back)
2012-pres.: Texas A&M (co-defensive coordinator/secondary)
2011: Boise State (defensive pass game coordinator/secondary)
2006-10: Boise State (secondary)
2003-05: Boise State (cornerbacks)
2001-02: Montana State (def. assistant)
2013: at&t Cotton (Texas A&M)
2011: Las Vegas (Boise State)
2010: Las Vegas (Boise State)
2009: Fiesta (Boise State)
2008: Poinsettia (Boise State)
2007: Hawai'i (Boise State)
2006: Fiesta (Boise State)
2005: MPC Computers (Boise State)
2004: Liberty (Boise State)
2003: Fort Worth (Boise State)
1999: Humanitarian (Boise St.- player)