Venables ranked #4 on ESPN's coordinators to watch for 2015

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ESPN ranked the Top 10 coordinators who are primed to become head coaches on Wednesday night and Clemson defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
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made the list at #4 overall.

"Venables’ name has vacillated between hot and cold so often in coaching search circles that it’s somewhat easy to overlook him," ESPN stated. "But the guy does a fantastic job, and he has for a long time – and at major programs."

It is hard for the national media to overlook the overall facelift that the Clemson defense has occured under his watch.

"His construction of the Clemson defense since arriving in 2012 has been particularly impressive," ESPN said. "The Tigers were No. 1 in yards per play a year ago, jumping up 22 spots from 2013. Even losing key pieces such as defensive end Vic Beasley and linebacker Stephone Anthony, head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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is not anticipating a decline in 2015."

"That’s a testament to the 44-year-old Venables’ ability as a recruiter and developer. It’s past time for him to get a shot somewhere."

Venables was named Defensive Coordinator of the Year last season by

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot was mentioned by ESPN as "other names to keep an eye on."

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