Retired National Football League defensive end and Elizabethtown graduate Brandon Deaderick and former Southeastern Louisiana University defensive back T’Darryl Grays have been hired as assistant football coaches at East Mississippi Community College.
A seven-year NFL veteran and former three-year starter for the University of Alabama, Deaderick will work with EMCC’s defensive linemen after having spent the past two seasons working as a defensive quality control analyst at the University of Tennessee. Grays, a Picayune native, will primarily coach the Lions’ defensive backs after serving in the same capacity for the last three years at Mississippi Delta Community College.
Deaderick earned All-State second-team defensive line honors his final two seasons at Elizabethtown, where he graduated in 2005.
The Panthers went 30-10 in Deaderick’s final three seasons and reached the Class 2-A state championship in 2003, where it lost to Belfry in overtime, 33-27 at the University of Louisville.
“We welcome Brandon and T’Darryl on board and we look forward to having both of them do a fantastic job continuing to move our football program forward,” EMCC coach Buddy Stephens said. “They are both excellent, young football coaches who will do a tremendous job teaching football and mentoring our young men.”
A seventh-round pick by the New England Patriots in the 2010 draft, Deaderick recorded 62 total tackles, including 5½ sacks, and forced three fumbles with one fumble recovery during his professional career. He followed a three-year playing stint (2010-12) in New England with consecutive one-year stops with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013), New Orleans Saints (2014), Houston Texans (2015) and Buffalo Bills (2016).
“It’s a privilege to be able to coach with Buddy Stephens because he instills a winning attitude and emphasizes developing young men,” Deaderick said. “I also look forward to learning from the two best coordinators in the NJCAA with Coach Cliff Collins on defense and Coach David Boykin on the offensive side of the ball. It is very evident that there is a championship culture and a commitment to excellence here at EMCC, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Deaderick started 31 games for Alabama and finished with 83 tackles, 13 for loss and seven sacks. The Crimson Tide won the 2009 BCS National Championship, capping off a perfect season with a 37-21 victory over Texas.
During Deaderick’s two seasons on Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff, Tennessee’s defense played a key role in the team’s turnaround that saw the Volunteers rebound from a 2-5 start a year ago to win their final five regular-season games before claiming a dramatic 23-22 comeback victory over Indiana in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.
Deaderick started at defensive end for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.