UCLA hires Jaguars assistant to coach defensive line

Updated: February 3, 2006, 3:55 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Todd Howard, assistant defensive line coach for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars the past three seasons, was hired Friday as defensive line coach at UCLA.

Howard replaces Thurmond Moore, who coached UCLA's defensive line last season but is not being retained.

"Todd has been a part of one of the top NFL defenses over the past few years," UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said in a statement. "He brings both college and NFL experience to the position. He is a great teacher and I think our defensive linemen will really develop with Todd as their coach."

Howard, who turns 41 later this month, has 11 years of experience coaching in college and five in the NFL, where he played for two seasons as an inside linebacker and special teams player.

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