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Clay Jennings
Clay  Jennings

Hometown:
Waco, Texas

Position:
Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

Alma Mater:
North Texas, 1997


CLAY JENNINGS
Hometown Waco, Texas
College North Texas, 1997
Family wife, Belinda
children, Kirby & Kenzie
PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Level School, Position
College North Texas (1992-95), Defensive Line
COACHING EXPERIENCE
Year School, Position
2017 - Houston, Secondary
2016 Texas, Defensive Backs
2014-15 Arkansas, Defensive Backs
2008-13 TCU, Cornerbacks
2007 Baylor, Cornerbacks
2005-06 Houston, Safeties
2003-04 Louisiana-Lafayette, Secondary
2001-02 Sam Houston State, Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator
2000 Southern Arkansas, Secondary
1999 Morningside, Secondary
1998 Morehouse, Secondary
1997 North Texas, Graduate Assistant
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
Year Bowl, School
2015 Liberty Bowl, Arkansas
2014 Texas Bowl, Arkansas
2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, TCU
2011 Poinsettia Bowl, TCU
2010 Rose Bowl, TCU
2009 Fiesta Bowl, TCU
2008 Poinsetttia Bowl, TCU
2006 Liberty Bowl, Houston
2005 Fort Worth Bowl, Houston

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Coaching Accomplishments

• Clay Jennings was named secondary coach at Houston on Dec. 22, 2016.

• Having spent 13 season coaching in the state of Texas including a previous two-year stint at UH (2005-06), Jennings arrives in Houston after one season as Texas’ defensive backs coach and two in the same position at Arkansas. In a defense that ranked 12th in the nation against the run in 2015, seven of Jennings' defensive backs ranked among the top 10 on the team in tackles. That group combined for nine tackles for loss, while producing nine interceptions and 30 pass breakups. For the second straight year, Jared Collins led the unit in breakups with nine after tying for the SEC lead with 13 in 2014.

• That year, Jennings helped the Razorbacks finish 10th in the nation in both scoring and total defense, as the team allowed just 19.2 points and 323.4 yards per game. Arkansas finished in the top 40 in passing yards allowed for the first time since 2011, surrendering just 208.8 passing yards per game to rank 37th. The Razorback secondary helped hold Heisman Trophy finalist Amari Cooper of Alabama to just two receptions for 22 yards, his lowest output of the season.

• Jennings also made an impact in his first season on Tevin Mitchel. The senior made the switch to nickel back and thrived, finishing second on the team with 10 passes defended and going on to be selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Alan Turner, who was fourth on the team in tackles, signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

• Prior to Arkansas, Jennings spent six seasons (2008-13) at TCU as cornerbacks coach and was part of some of the most successful teams in school history. In his first three years from 2008-10, the Horned Frogs became just the third program in NCAA history to lead the nation in total defense in three consecutive seasons.

• While there, Jennings coached two-time All-American and first-round NFL Draft pick Jason Verrett, who was taken 25th overall by the San Diego Chargers in 2014. Verrett picked up first-team All-American honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) in 2013, in addition to being named the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He ranked sixth in the nation in passes defended with 16, including 14 pass breakups to earn unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors.

• Also under Jennings tutelage, Kevin White accounted for 11 passes defended with three interceptions and was ninth in the nation with three forced fumbles. White was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and went on to sign as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons. The Horned Frogs defense ranked 11th nationally in pass efficiency defense that season.

• In 2012, SI.com named Verrett first-team All-America, and the WCFF selected him second-team, while the San Antonio Express-News chose him Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He was also tabbed the nation's top cornerback by CollegeFootballNews.com. He led the Big 12 in interceptions (six) and passes defensed (22), the only player to rank in the top 10 nationally in both categories.

• Verrett and Greg McCoy, a 2012 seventh-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, earned All-Mountain West honors in 2011 when TCU posted an 11-2 record and ranked 28th in the nation in scoring defense. McCoy was also the MWC Special Teams Player of the Year as a return specialist.

• Jennings was part of a TCU staff in 2010 that led the Horned Frogs to a 13-0 record with a victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. He helped craft the nation's top-ranked passing defense (128.8 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (94.9) that were part of the top-rated scoring defense (12.0 ppg) and total defense (228.5 ypg). Jason Teague, who led the team with nine passes defended, was a 2010 All-MWC second-team selection. Malcolm Williams moved to cornerback as a senior under Jennings and developed into a seventh-round pick by the New England Patriots.

• Both Rafael Priest and Nick Sanders were first-team All-MWC picks in 2009 when the Horned Frogs suffered their only defeat of the season against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-1. That season, Jennings helped the pass efficiency defense to fourth in the nation (92.3) and the passing defense to sixth (159.5 ypg) with the scoring defense also sixth (12.8 ppg) and the total defense number one (239.7 ypg). Priest later signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

• A year earlier, the same duo received all-conference accolades as the pass efficiency defense was fourth nationally (97.9) and the passing defense was 11th (170.7 ypg). The scoring defense was ranked second (11.3 ppg) with the total defense first (217.8 ypg) en route to an 11-2 season.

• Jennings came to the Horned Frogs after serving as cornerbacks coach at Baylor in 2007. Prior to that, he worked two seasons (2005-06) as the safeties coach at the University of Houston. He helped the Cougars to back-to-back bowl appearances and the 2006 Conference USA Championship. In 2006, Cougars' free safety Will Gulley earned Conference USA First Team honors, while Brandon Brinkley was named to the league's all-freshman squad.

• In his first season at Houston, Jennings helped Rocky Schwartz earn Conference USA third-team honors, and Kenneth Fontenette to be named an honorable-mention Freshman All-American by Sporting News.

• Prior to his two-year stint at Houston, Jennings spent two seasons (2003-04) as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he helped the Ragin' Cajuns to a No. 11 national ranking in pass defense. There he tutored C.C. Brown and Michael Adams, who each had seven-year NFL careers. Jennings also mentored Antwain Spann, who played three seasons for the New England Patriots.

• Jennings worked two years (2001-02) as secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Sam Houston State. He helped the Bearkats to a share of the 2001 Southland Conference championship and the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs. He coached All-American and Buck Buchanan Award finalist Keith Davis, who played five seasons for the Dallas Cowboys.

• Before SHSU, Jennings coached the secondary at Southern Arkansas (2000), Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa (1999) and Morehouse College in Atlanta (1998). At SAU, Jennings mentored Jordan Babineaux, a nine-year NFL veteran who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans. At Morningside, Jennings coached first-team All-American Matt Walker.

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