Illinois made an addition to its coaching staff this week, as former Florida Atlantic defensive backs coach Keynodo Hudson is heading to Champaign, according to a report.
FootballScoop first reported the news and Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer confirmed the news that Hudson would be leaving FAU for Illinois. He will become an assistant coach on Lovie Smith’s staff, though his role with the Illini is not quite yet known.
Hudson spent the last two seasons with Lane Kiffin at FAU coaching defensive backs. Prior to that, he spent six seasons at USC as an administrative assistant, with a primary focus on recruiting.
According to the report from Illini Inquirer, Hudson has some strong connections to Florida, which could benefit Smith and his staff on the recruiting trail. Having access to that state is critical for Illinois, as it attempts to become more competitive in recruiting in the B1G.
Though Illinois’ defense ranked third in the B1G in interceptions last fall, totaling 15 picks, the Illini secondary finished 13th in the conference against the pass, allowing 263.1 yards per game through the air. That average also ranked 114th nationally.