San Diego State Football: Kurt Mattix Is MWwire’s 2021 Coordinator of the Year
The Aztecs defensive coordinator put together one of the best San Diego State units ever to become our pick as the Mountain West’s top assistant coach.
A new high for a proud defense.
Mountain West Wire’s 2021 postseason honors:
All-Conference Teams | Offensive Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Special Teams Player of the Year | Freshman of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Coach of the Year | Coordinator of the Year
Replacing a defensive-minded coaching great like Rocky Long should not have looked so easy, but that’s precisely why San Diego State defensive coordinator Kurt Mattix was our staff’s overwhelming pick as the Mountain West’s best coordinator in 2021.
Since arriving on the Mesa from Eastern Kentucky before the 2020 season, the Aztecs have hardly missed a beat on the side of the ball which has, in recent history, been their bread and butter. 2021, however, represents a new high for the San Diego State defense: Heading into Saturday’s championship game, the Aztecs currently rank 9th among FBS teams in defensive SP+, 7th in yards per play allowed, 5th in available yards percentage allowed, and 4th in points per drive allowed.
Not only that, the Aztecs lead the Mountain West with 15 interceptions, a 31.4% third-down conversion rate allowed, and just 38 plays of 20 or more yards allowed. Little wonder, then, that the program has climbed into the top twenty of the Associated Press poll, coaches poll, and College Football Playoff rankings. It seems likely Mattix will be a hot coaching commodity in the very near future, but we doubt that will distract the Aztecs from doing everything possible to finish the job and claim another conference title with what they do best.
Also received votes: Ephraim Banda, defensive coordinator, Utah State; Spencer Danielson, defensive coordinator, Boise State; Jeff Hecklinski, offensive coordinator, San Diego State; William Inge, defensive coordinator, Fresno State Matt Mumme, offensive coordinator, Nevada; Anthony Tucker, offensive coordinator, Utah State