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Derrick Jackson to coach Deacon secondary

Wake Forest outside linebackers coach Derrick Jackson moves to the secondary, filling a vacancy left by the departure of Tim Duffie.

Wake Forest takes the field in a 2012 game against Clemson
Wake Forest takes the field in a 2012 game against Clemson
Streeter Lecka

Wake Forest moved quickly to filly the vacancy left by defensive backs coach Tim Duffie's departure to Oklahoma State, moving current outside linebackers coach Derrick Jackson over to lead the Deacon secondary. Jackson played safety at Duke from 1989-1992, and was named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Back following his junior and senior seasons. According to his bio on the Wake Forest official website, Jackson at one point started 40 consecutive games for the Blue Devils, and started for Steve Spurrier's 1989 squad that won a share of the 1989 ACC championship.

"Coach Jackson was a safety at Duke and has a good grasp of the position and what it takes to be effective in the secondary." - Former Wake Forest safety Josh Strickland

Jackson came to Wake Forest prior to the 2012 season after coaching the defensive line during one-year stints at both Rice and Akron. Additionally, he served as a co-defensive coordinator at Syracuse from 2007-2009 while also coaching the Orangemen's defensive line.

The Deacons will now look to quickly fill the outside linebackers coaching position. According to a Tweet from Pete Roussel of, former Deac Warren Belin appears to be the front-runner for the job. Brian Knorr has been coaching the entire linebacking corps since practice began this week, per Dan Collins' report in the Winston-Salem Journal.