WVU football defensive assistant Al Pogue headed to Auburn

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia outside linebackers coach Al Pogue, whose infectious enthusiasm on the practice field made him one of the most popular coaches on Neal Brown’s staff, is leaving the program for a position at Auburn.

A West Virginia program source confirmed that Pogue is leaving the Mountaineers for the Tigers. Auburn had an opening for a defensive backs coach after Marcus Woodson was hired at Florida State last month.

It’s a homecoming for Pogue, who is a native of Mobile, Ala. Pogue served as Brown’s cornerbacks coach at Troy from 2014-18.

Prior to his time at Troy, Pogue spent three years in a variety of capacities at Auburn — offensive quality control (2011), special teams quality control (2012) and director of high school relations (2013).

Pogue was one of the ace recruiters on Brown’s staff. Earlier this week, he and defensive line coach Jordan Lesley just teamed up to land Bandit Eddie Watkins on National Signing Day.

Brown has already replaced two members of his first WVU coaching staff.

Gerard Parker (Penn State) was hired to replace receivers coach Xavier Dye (South Florida), and Jeff Koonz (Ole Miss) takes over for inside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Blake Seiler, who was hired as Old Dominion’s defensive coordinator.

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