David Reeves | University of Alabama Birmingham

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Team: University of Alabama Birmingham
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Defensive Coordinator


David Reeves enters his third season as defensive coordinator and his fourth year overall at UAB.
In 2018, the Blazers finished ninth nationally in total defense and will go down in history as one of the best defensive units in UAB and Conference USA history.
Reeves’ extraordinary efforts resulted in him being named a semifinalist for the 2018 Broyles Award, which is annually given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Under his guidance, the Blazers shattered the record book. Along with finishing ninth in total defense (299.2), UAB ranked top 10 nationally in five other statistical categories: second in third down defense (.260), fifth in fourth down defense (.318), fifth in sacks per game (3.43), seventh in scoring defense (17.0) and seventh in tackles for loss per game (7.9).
Additionally, UAB set the school record with 48 sacks and 111 tackles for loss. The Blazers also pitched three shutouts in 2018 which led the nation and they were the first team in Conference USA history to have three shutouts in one season (52-0 vs. Savannah State, 42-0 at Rice, 19-0 at UTEP).
In eight C-USA regular season games, the Blazers only allowed 88 total points, including just 38 total points in their first five games of league play.
The dominating defense guided UAB to an 11-3 overall record as the Blazers won their first Conference USA Championship in school history, defeating Middle Tennessee 27-25 in the title game. UAB would go on to win their first bowl game with a 37-13 victory over Northern Illinois in the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.   
Reeves was named UAB’s defensive coordinator in June of 2016. Prior to his appointment as the defensive coordinator, Reeves was the Blazers’ defensive line coach since 2014 and stayed with Coach Clark to help rebuild the program during its two-year hiatus.

With Reeves in charge, the 2017 Blazers’ defense jumped up to 5th in Conference USA in total defense and 41st overall nationally.

The team ended the season ranked 22nd in the country in passing yards allowed and 18th in team passing efficiency defense, both of which were good for second in the conference. Due in large part to lockdown corner Darious Williams’ five interceptions and 15 pass breakups, UAB was third in the C-USA in total interceptions with 14 on the season. Williams led C-USA in passes defended (20), pass breakups (15) and interceptions (5).

Williams was a First Team All-Conference USA selection, and Reeves also helped fellow seniors Tevin Crews and Shaq Jones earn All-Conference USA accolades at linebacker.

Crews had a tremendous senior campaign, finishing with a career-high and team best 102 tackles and 12.0 tackles for loss. He was the only player in C-USA to rank in the top 10 in both categories. Jones also had a productive season finishing with 57 total tackles and a team-high 13 TFLs.

The defense especially ramped up when it mattered most, as UAB finished the year ranked 36th in the country (6th in C-USA) in red zone defense and 46th (5th) in third down conversion defense.

In Reeves first season at UAB, he was an integral part of the Blazers’ remarkable turnaround which saw them finish 6-6 after being 2-10 the year prior.

The Blazers improved 44 spots in total defense in 2014, spearheaded by the defensive line. Reeves’ unit helped UAB tally 34 sacks in his first season, which was 16 more than the year before. The Blazers also finished with 81 TFLs with Reeves, a +21 difference from the 2013 campaign.

At the conclusion of 2014, the UAB defense allowed 29.9 points against, which was an average of 14 points better from 2013 when UAB allowed 43.8 points against.

Leading the way for the defensive front was senior end Diaheem Watkins, who was named a First Team All-Conference USA selection for tallying a team-high 10 sacks. Additionally, Interior lineman Chris Walton earned C-USA Honorable Mention.

Reeves joined the Blazers in 2014 following a year-long stint at Jacksonville State where he also coached the defensive line under the direction of Head Coach Bill Clark.

In 2013 at JSU, Reeves’ unit ranked first in the Ohio Valley Conference in sacks (52) and third in the league in scoring defense (23.6 ppg). Under Reeves' guidance, two Gamecocks earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, including second team selection defensive lineman Caleb Lawrence. Jacksonville State defensive end Chris Landrum was named to the OVC Newcomer squad.

Reeves was the secondary coach at UT Martin in 2012, after coaching the previous five seasons at Southern Arkansas where he was the defensive coordinator his final two years. Reeves was a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama from 2005-06 and was the defensive coordinator at Athens (Ala.) High School from 2000-05.

He is a 1991 graduate of Athens State University.

Reeves and his wife Starr have two sons, Major and Rhett.

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