After losing defensive line coach John Scott to the Detroit Lions on Monday, Penn State is moving quickly in finding his replacement as it is targeting Chicago Bears assistant defensive line coach Justin Hinds to be its next defensive line coach, according to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop.
A graduate of Rowan University and a Port Reading, New Jersey native, Hinds has only been in Chicago for one season after being Western Carolina’s defensive coordinator in the 2021 season.
Hinds was the defensive line coach for Central Michigan from 2019-20, where he developed Troy Hairston, now with the Houston Texans into the Mid-American Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2020, Mohamed Dallo, who also became an All-Mac selection in 2020. In 2019, Hinds led a defensive line that featured Sam Adesanya to first-team All-MAC honors and Robi Stuart in a third-team All-MAC selection.
Hinds also was the defensive line coach at Lafayette (PA) and Valdosta State after he served as a graduate assistant for Mississippi State in 2014 under Dan Mullen and held the same role at Florida Under Jim McElwain in 2015.
However, his first coaching job was at Wagner (NY) where he coached the outside linebackers and defensive line coach from 2012-2013.
Penn State and Hinds will look to get a deal done by the end of the weekend, according to Football Scoop.