Liberty has hired Darius Eubanks as the team’s new defensive backs coach. This news was first reported on New Year’s Day by Matt Zenitz of On3Sports.
Eubanks spent the 2021 season as Georgia State’s safeties coach. A former NFL outside linebacker, Eubanks spent three seasons as defensive backs coach at Samford. He was hired in the spring of 2021 as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Western Carolina before leaving just a few months later in July to join Georgia State. Prior to his time at Samford, Eubanks spent the 2017 season as a graduate assistant for defense at Arkansas.
Eubanks was a four-year starter at linebacker and defensive back for Georgia Southern from 2009-13, starting 50 of 52 games played for the Eagles. He totaled 260 tackles, including 12.5 for loss, with four interceptions and 18 pass breakups during his career. Following his collegiate career, Eubanks spent four seasons in the NFL playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With the Eubanks hire, Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze has completed his on field coaching changes for the 2022 season. A recap of the moves:
OL Coach Sam Gregg was named offensive coordinator at Southern Miss. The Flames hired Chris Klenakis as OL Coach. He joins Liberty from South Alabama where he was a quality control analyst. Previously, Klenakis served as Louisville’s co-offensive coordinator in 2017 when Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy.
Liberty defensive coordinator Scott Symons took the same position at SMU, and he took with him cornerbacks coach Rickey Hunley. Coach Freeze promoted DL Coach Josh Aldridge and safeties coach Jack Curtis to co-defensive coordinator roles.
The Flames are set to hire Jeremy Garrett as defensive line coach, as he joins Liberty from the Cleveland Browns. With his addition, Aldridge is likely to move over and coach the linebackers, while Eubanks slides into Hunley’s previous role.