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Bradley Dale Peveto      

American Football Coach and Former Player

Bradley Dale Peveto former collegiate head coach and longtime SEC assistant coach, is the Linebackers Coach for Texas A&M.

A standout linebacker during his playing days at SMU, Peveto has a national championship on his coaching resume and has coached at the collegiate level for more than 30 years, including within the Southeastern Conference for the last five years at the University of Kentucky, LSU and Ole Miss.

A highly-regarded recruiter, Peveto arrives in Aggieland after coaching the linebackers and special teams at Ole Miss for the 2017 season.

Peveto moved to Ole Miss following three seasons (2014-16) as a member of the LSU coaching staff, his second stint with the Tigers after serving four seasons (2005-08) earlier in his career. In seven total seasons with the Tigers, LSU posted a 59-19 mark and won five bowl games, including the 2007 BCS national championship. In six years as LSU’s special teams coordinator, the Tigers scored 11 special teams touchdowns and blocked six kicks.

In 2016, Peveto oversaw LSU special teams and also coached outside linebackers on defense. His special teams defense ranked among the best in the SEC as the Tigers were second in punt return defense and third in kick return defense. He coached first team All-American Tre’Davious White, who was sixth in the SEC in punt return yards and one of four SEC players to return a punt for a touchdown.

Peveto helped lead a defense that was sixth nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 16.4 points per game. His linebackers also contributed to LSU ranking 14th in total defense (323.0 ypg). Both marks ranked third in the SEC. Another first team All-America honoree, Kendall Beckwith, was under Peveto’s guidance throughout the 2016 campaign.

Helping put together LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, which was rated No. 6 nationally, Peveto was an honorable mention for Scout.com Recruiter of the Year in the Southeastern Conference.

In 2015, LSU featured two of the most dynamic return men in the SEC as White ranked among the league leaders by averaging 11.4 yards on punt returns and true freshman Derrius Guice was equally as dangerous on kickoff returns with a 23.6 average. White also returned a punt for a touchdown for the second straight year, while Guice had a 75-yard kickoff return that set up an LSU touchdown. First-year starter Trent Domingue connected on 13 of 17 field goals for the Tigers, while punter Jamie Keehn averaged 40.7 yards a punt to finish his career among the school’s all-time punting leaders.

On defense, Peveto oversaw a group of linebackers that were among the best in the SEC led by Butkus Award finalist Deion Jones and Beckwith. Jones led the Tigers with 100 tackles and was a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Falcons.

In his first year back with the Tigers in 2014, LSU’s special teams accounted for one touchdown in both the kickoff and punt return game, while Keehn ranked No. 2 in the league in punting with a 44.9 average. Peveto returned to Baton Rouge after one season (2013) as special teams coordinator and safeties coach at the University of Kentucky.

Peveto left LSU following the 2008 season to become the head coach at Northwestern State, where he posted a 14-30 mark in four seasons from 2009-12. Peveto was a member of Les Miles’ first staff at LSU as he joined the Tigers in the spring of 2005 as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach. He remained in that position until 2008 when he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. LSU went a combined 42-11 during Peveto’s first stretch with the Tigers, a span that saw LSU claim the 2007 national title and win at least 11 games in a season three times. Peveto’s development of linebackers was critical to the LSU defense rating among the top five in the nation for three straight years from 2005-07. In 2007, linebacker Ali Highsmith earned first team All-America honors from CBSsports.com, while also being named a second team All-American by the Associated Press.

As LSU’s special teams coordinator, Peveto helped both his punter (Patrick Fisher) and placekicker (Colt David) earn first team All-SEC honors in 2007 – a first in LSU football history.

Peveto joined the Tigers after two years at Middle Tennessee, where he served as secondary coach in 2003 before a promotion to defensive coordinator/linebackers coach in 2004. Peveto spent four years (1999-2002) at Houston as the Cougars’ co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. During his stay in Houston, he had four players earn five all-conference awards while three were placed on Conference USA’s all-freshman squad.

Peveto served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northwestern State for three years (1996-98), helping the Demons capture back-to-back Southland Conference Championships and NCAA I-AA playoff berths.

Peveto’s “Purple Swarm” defense at Northwestern State was ranked nationally in several statistical categories during each of his three seasons, and four of his players earned All-America honors. In addition, four Demon players were selected in the NFL Draft. The 1998 Northwestern State team went 11-3, reached the I-AA semifinals, and ranked third nationally.

Prior to Northwestern State, Peveto spent two seasons on Danny Ford’s staff at Arkansas as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach, helping the Razorbacks win the SEC Western Division title with an 8-5 overall mark to earn a berth in the 1995 Carquest Bowl.

Peveto coached the outside linebackers and special teams at Southern Miss in 1992 and 1993. He also coached the defensive line, linebackers and secondary at Stephen F. Austin from 1988-91, serving as the special teams coordinator all four years. The Lumberjacks won the Southland Conference and advanced to the 1989 I-AA championship game.

A 1987 graduate of SMU, Peveto began his coaching career as a secondary coach at Trinity Valley Community College.

Peveto was a four-year letterman for the Mustangs, played in three bowl games (Cotton, Sun and Aloha), and was a team captain as a senior in 1986. During his playing career, SMU won two Southwest Conference championships (1982 and 1984) and had a combined record of 43-14-1.

A native of Orangefield, Texas, Peveto comes from a family with a rich football coaching tradition. His late father, Ed, coached high school football in southeast Texas and was inducted into the Greater Houston Coaches Hall of Honor in 1993 and into the Golden Triangle Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997. Two of his brothers were also high school coaches in Texas.

Peveto is married to the former Melissa Weser, and the couple has a daughter, Payton Marie, and a son, Jacob Edward.

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