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Marion Hobby
Defensive Line Coach

Biography

Marion Hobby was hired as the defensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 18, 2017. Marion has spent the last six seasons as co-defensive coordinator/defensive ends coach at Clemson University (2011-16) and was part of Dabo Swinney’s coaching staff that captured the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship.

Marion Hobby was hired as the defensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 18, 2017. Marion has spent the last six seasons as co-defensive coordinator/defensive ends coach at Clemson University (2011-16) and was part of Dabo Swinney’s coaching staff that captured the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship.

Hobby served alongside then-Offensive Coordinator and current Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone in New Orleans, where Hobby was a defensive assistant from 2006-07.

In 2016, Hobby tutored DE Christian Wilkins, who earned first-team All-American honors from Football Writers and Phil Steele; second-team All-American honors from Walter Camp, USA Today, Sporting News and SB Nation; and third- team All-American honors from the Associated Press. Wilkins finished his senior season with 48 tackles (24 solo), including 13.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also tallied 10 pass breakups, five QB hits and two fumble recoveries, and was a finalist for the Nagurski Award, which is presented to the top defensive player in college football.

Clemson has finished in the top 25 all of his six years as an assistant coach, including a No. 2 final ranking in 2015 after helping the Tigers to the National Championship Game. That year, Hobby coached First-Team All-American Shaq Lawson, a finalist for several national awards. Lawson was responsible for 25.5 tackles for loss, while adding 12.5 sacks. He also coached Honorable Mention All-ACC performer Kevin Dodd, who had 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. The duo finished 1-2 nationally in total tackles for loss.

His defensive ends helped the 2014 defense lead the nation in total defense (260.8) and tackles for loss (131), while being in the top five in many other statistical categories. He coached Vic Beasley, who was a first-team All-American and the ACC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Beasley set the school record with 33 career sacks. In 2013, Beasley, a first-team All-American and Hendricks Award finalist, had 23 tackles for loss and an ACC-high 13 sacks, helping the Tigers to lead the nation in tackles for loss (122). That year, Hobby was named a top-10 recruiter by Rivals.com.

In 2011, he coached second-team All-American and First-Team All-ACC defensive end Andre Branch, who led the ACC with 17 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Branch was also a finalist for the Hendricks Award.

Prior to his second stint in Clemson, he served as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Duke from 2008-10. In 2008, Duke’s defense held opponents to 23.4 points per game, best in 20 years, and held three opponents to less than 10, a program first since 1976.

Hobby’s lone NFL experience came as an assistant coach with the Saints in 2006 and 2007. The 2006 Saints had a 10-6 record and won the NFC South. Under his guidance, DE Will Smith had 10.5 sacks and started in the Pro Bowl in 2006.

He initially served as the defensive line coach at Clemson in 2005, helping the Tigers to an 8-4 record and a top-25 AP finish. Clemson was 11th in the nation in scoring defense.

Prior to Clemson, he worked for David Cutcliffe at Mississippi for six seasons (1999-04), during which the Rebels had a 44-29 record and four bowl wins.

Hobby earned his first coaching opportunity in 1995 with the defensive tackles at Tennessee-Martin. He served two seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette as strength & conditioning coach (1996) and defensive tackles coach (1997) before spending one year at Tennessee as assistant strength & conditioning coach.

A first-team All-SEC pick in 1989, Hobby was named to Tennessee’s 100-year anniversary team as a player. He was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the Vikings and later played three years (1990-92) with the Patriots.

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