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  Derrick Odum
Derrick Odum

Player Profile
Position:
Safeties

Experience:
3rd Year

Alma Mater:
Utah (1993)

Safeties
3rd Year

Coaching Experience
2005- Utah

Safeties
2003-04 - Houston
Defensive Backs
2000-02 - Utah State
Defensive Backs
1998-99 - Montana
Defensive Backs
1996-97 - Utah
Graduate Assistant
Defense

Bowl Experience
1996 - Copper Bowl
1998 - I-AA Playoffs
1999 - I-AA Playoffs
2003 - Hawaii Bowl
2005 - Emerald Bowl
2006 - Armed Forces Bowl

In his first two years coaching the Ute safeties, Derrick Odum turned a pair of one-time walk-ons into all-conference caliber players. Casey Evans led the league in interceptions in 2005 and earned second-team all-MWC honors. Last year, Steve Tate led Utah in tackles and received honorable mention all-league notoriety.

Odum also played a role in the emergence of one of the greatest defensive players in Utah football history in 2005, when Eric Weddle manned a safety position for the first eight games of the season before moving to corner, where help was needed. Weddle, a 2006 Consensus All-American and two-time MWC Defensive Player of the Year, became a second-round NFL draft pick of the San Diego Chargers.

Odum also assists with the kick returners and the punt team - the latter which ranked No. 1 in the nation in net punting in 2006. His off-field duties include serving as the team's pro liaison.

Odum's first full-time coaching opportunity was with the defensive backs at Montana from 1998-99. Montana won back-to-back Big Sky Conference championships and led the conference in pass efficiency defense. All of Odum's backfield starters earned all-conference recognition in 1999, including safety Vince Huntsberger as the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.

He went from there to Utah State (2000-02) where he spearheaded a 25-place improvement in pass defense. The Aggies placed second in the Big West Conference in interceptions his first year there.

Odum spent the summer of 2002 interning with the Tennessee Titans - working with their defensive backs and linebackers.

He left Utah State for a job coaching the defensive backs at Houston, where he stayed from 2003-04. The secondary accounted for 13 of Houston's 14 total interceptions in 2003 and Odum produced a Conference USA all-Freshman team selection both years: cornerback Ricky Wilson in 2003 and strong safety Rocky Schwartz in 2004.

Odum returned to his alma mater - and his coaching roots - in 2005. Eight years earlier, he had served as a U. graduate assistant from 1996-97. He assisted with the safeties in 1996, and assumed full responsibility for the safeties in his final year as a G.A.

Recruiting Area
Houston

Playing Career
Odum lettered at Utah from 1989-92, starting at free safety his freshman year and cornerback his junior season. He started for Utah in the 1992 Copper Bowl. He also played centerfield for the Ute baseball team for two seasons.

Education
Utah, 1993
Bachelor's in political science

Personal Data
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Family: Married to the former Ania Homan. Sons Dominic and Jeremiah.

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