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Nevada in market for CB coach after losing Freddie Banks to Montana State

Freddie Banks
Freddie Banks has taken the defensive coordinator job at Montana State. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

Nevada football coach Jay Norvell has to fill a couple of positions on his staff after losing two assistants in the last week.

In addition to receivers coach Eric Scott taking a co-offensive coordinator role at San Jose State, cornerbacks coach Freddie Banks has accepted the defensive coordinator position at Montana State. Banks spent one season at Nevada after spending the previous two years at FCS school Stephen F. Austin as cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. He's also coached at Division II Midwestern State, FCS school Nicholls, D-II Minnesota State-Moorhead and Livonia (La.) High School.

Banks, who played at North Dakota State from 2008-10, will be a defensive coordinator at the college level for the first time at Montana State, which plays at the FCS level and hired Brent Vigen as head coach earlier this month. Vigen, who was Wyoming's offensive coordinator last season, was NDSU's offensive coordinator when Banks played for the Bison.

Banks helped Nevada improve from the 100th-ranked pass efficiency defense in 2019 to 37th in 2020. The Wolf Pack, which largely played run-oriented teams, held teams to 60.5 percent passing for 239.5 yards per game. Opponents threw for just 13 touchdowns against six interceptions in nine games. Banks also recruited the Los Angeles and Dallas areas for Nevada.

The departures of Scott and Banks are the first for the Nevada football coaching staff this offseason.



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