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Robert Ayers knows a thing or two about playing defense. After starring at the University of Tennessee from 2004-08, the former edge rusher was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft.
From there, he spent almost a decade in the NFL, playing for various teams including the Broncos, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now with his playing days over, Ayers has moved into the coaching side of football.
According to Ken Lay with Vols Wire, the former defensive end/outside linebacker has been named the new defensive coordinator at Knoxville Catholic High School in Tennessee. After spending one season as the defensive line coach, Ayers is now stepping into the role for the newly-hired head coach, Korey Mobbs.
Hopefully, Ayers can find some success for the Fighting Irish, and then who knows what the future might hold for him.
During his four years at Tennessee, Ayers had 113 tackles, 31.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks and one interception. In the NFL, he produced 265 tackles, 51.0 tackles for loss, 34.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and 108 QB hits.
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