Poindexter Enjoying Switch to Defense

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

August 25, 2009

For the past five seasons, Anthony Poindexter has served as the running backs coach for the Cavalier football team, and has guided some pretty solid athletes in their respective roads to success. Wali Lundy, Jason Snelling, Cedric Peerman, and Mikell Simpson have all learned from Poindexter, but this season finds him with a different role on Al Groh's staff.

Poindexter has assumed the role of defensive backs coach, and will lead the secondary for the first time in his coaching career. The position seems like a great fit for him, as he excelled as a defensive back at Virginia. Poindexter was a two time first team All-American and was also the 1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Following a successful college career, he played on the Ravens and the Browns, before returning to the Cavaliers as a graduate assistant in 2003. While with the Ravens, Poindexter won a Super Bowl ring in during the 2000 season.

The former Virginia star has a lot of talent to work with and help develop. Ras-I Dowling returns as the Cavaliers' lone preseason All-ACC Team member, and will play opposite of Chris Cook at the cornerback spot. Cook returns after sitting out a year after not being enrolled at Virginia due to academics, and is more motivated then ever to produce results on the football field. Corey Mosley and Rodney McLeod also return at safety, while Chase Minnifield and Mike Parker both have a lot of game experience at defensive back as well.

Poindexter says that one of the great parts of moving to the defensive side of the ball is getting the opportunity to work with Al Groh, who he says he learns a lot from. He and the rest of the Cavaliers kick off the season on September 5 against William and Mary at Scott Stadium.

Click on the above video to hear from Anthony Poindexter on working on the defensive side of the ball.

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