Now in his fourth season at LSU, Bradley Dale Peveto takes on a different role this year, serving as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Tigers. Peveto, along with fellow co-defensive coordinator Doug Mallory, was elevated to his current position last spring following the departure of Bo Pelini to Nebraska.
Peveto will continue to work with the Tiger linebackers in 2008 and he will remain on the field during the games, signaling in the calls from the sidelines.
In his three previous years with LSU, Peveto held a dual role, serving as the special teams coordinator while coaching the Tiger linebackers.
As linebackers coach, Peveto's development of players at that position has been critical to the success of the Tiger defense that has ranked among the top five in the nation in each of the past three seasons. 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. Highsmith earned first-team All-SEC honors a year ago, while junior Darry Beckwith was a second-team All-SEC pick.
As LSU’s special teams coordinator, Peveto had both his punter (Patrick Fisher) and placekicker (Colt David) earn first-team All-SEC honors in 2007. It marked the first time in school history that LSU had the All-SEC punter and kicker on its roster in the same season. Fisher averaged a league-best 44.5 yards per punt in 2007, while David kicked a school-record 26 field goals and led the SEC in scoring with a league record 147 total points.
In 2006, Peveto directed a special teams unit that returned both a punt and kickoff for touchdowns. LSU return specialist Craig Davis earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2006 after averaging 14.2 yards on punt returns. Davis was picked in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
In three years as LSU's special teams coordinator, the Tigers have returned two punts for touchdowns and a pair of kickoffs for a score. They have also blocked six kicks, converted 49-of-71 field goals and 165-of-167 extra points.
In 2005, Peveto's impact was immediate as the Tigers fielded some of the best special teams units in the country. LSU ranked first in the SEC and fifth in the nation in net punting (39.0 average). The Tigers were also first in the conference in kickoff coverage (45.5 net average) and second in the league and 12th nationally in punt return average (14.1). LSU's field goal and point-after-touchdown units were also much improved as the Tigers converted 45-of-46 PATs in 2005 and connected on 14-of-24 field goals.
Individually, LSU punter/placekicker Chris Jackson ranked first in the SEC in punts downed inside the 20-yard line with 26 and had six field goals of 40-yards or longer, which ranked second in the league. Skyler Green earned first-team All-America honors as a return specialist after returning 27 punts for 359 yards (13.3 average) and one TD.
In 2005, Peveto's linebacking corps of Highsmith, Cameron Vaughn, Kenneth Hollis and E.J. Kuale were among the best in the SEC. Vaughn ranked first on the team with 83 tackles, while Highsmith was second with 75 stops.
Peveto joined the Tigers in the spring of 2005 after a two-year stint at Middle Tennessee State. Peveto served as secondary coach in 2003 before being elevated to defensive coordinator/linebacker coach in 2004. A native of Orangefield, Texas, Peveto led a Blue Raider defense that ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing defense.
Prior to his arrival at Middle Tennessee, 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 the league's all-freshman squad. In 1999, the Cougar defense ranked 25th in total defense, 20th in rushing defense and 22nd in scoring defense and tied for 14th nationally with 28 forced turnovers.
Prior to arriving in Houston, Peveto served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northwestern State (La.) University for three years from 1996 to 1998. While in Natchitoches, Peveto helped the Demons capture back-to-back Southland Football League Championships and NCAA I-AA playoff berths.
Peveto's "Purple Swarm" defense 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.
Under his direction, the Demon defense also set single-game records for fewest yards allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed, and most quarterback sacks. NSU also set school season records for most defensive touchdowns scored. In addition, the "Purple Swarm" also set season records for quarterback sacks in two of his three seasons, accumulating 52 in 1998 and 122 in three years.
Before his stint at Northwestern State, Peveto spent two seasons on Danny Ford's staff at Arkansas, while the Razorbacks won the SEC Western Division title with an 8-5 overall mark and played in the Carquest Bowl in 1995. While at Arkansas, Peveto served as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.
Prior to going to Fayetteville, 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 to 1991, serving as the special teams coordinator all four years, as the Lumberjacks led the nation in punt returns in 1989. SFA also won the Southland Conference and advanced to the 1989 I-AA championship game. His secondary was nationally ranked in passing efficiency defense in 1990 and 1991.
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 and played in four bowl games (Cotton, Sun, Aloha and Mirage). During his playing career, SMU won two Southwest Conference championships (1982 and 1984) and had a combined record of 43-14-1.
Peveto served as team captain in 1986 and earned the Wild Mustang Special Teams Player of the Year award and the Mike Kelsey Award for attitude, hustle and desire as a senior. He also was a member of the 1984 SWC All-Academic team.
Peveto comes from a family with a rich football coaching tradition. His late father, Ed, coached high school football in the southeast Texas area 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, Jeff and Garey Birt, coach at high schools in the southeast Texas area.
Peveto is married to the former Melissa Weser, and the couple has a daughter, Payton Marie (6), and a son, Jacob Edward (3).
The Peveto File
Year at LSU: Fourth
Birthdate: Dec. 28, 1962, in Beaumont, Texas
Children: Payton Marie (6), Jake (3)
High School: Orangefield (Texas)
College: SMU, '87
1982-86 SMU (defensive back)
1987 Trinity Valley Community College (secondary)
1988-91 Stephen F. Austin (defensive line, linebacker, secondary, special teams coordinator)
1992-93 Southern Miss (outside linebackers, special teams coordinator)
1994-95 Arkansas (linebackers, special teams coordinator)
1996-98 Northwestern (La.) State (defensive coordinator, linebackers)
1999-2002 Houston (secondary/co-defensive coordinator)
2003-04 Middle Tennessee (defensive coordinator, secondary, linebackers)
2005- LSU (special teams coordinator, linebackers, 2005-07; co-defensive coordinator/linebackers, 2008)
As a player
1983 Cotton Bowl (SMU def. Pittsburgh, 7-3)
1983 Sun Bowl (SMU lost to Alabama, 28-7)
1984 Aloha Bowl (SMU def. Notre Dame, 27-20)
As a coach
1988 1-AA Playoffs – First Round (Stephen F. Austin def. Jackson State, 24-0)
1988 1-AA Playoffs – Quarterfinals (Stephen F. Austin lost to Georgia Southern, 27-6)
1989 1-AA Playoffs - First Round (Stephen F. Austin def. Grambling, 59-56)
1989 1-AA Playoffs – Quarterfinals (Stephen F. Austin def. Southwest Missouri, 55-25)
1989 1-AA Playoffs – Semifinals (Stephen F. Austin def. Furman, 21-19)
1989 1-AA Championship Game (Stephen F. Austin lost to Georgia Southern, 37-34)
1995 Carquest Bowl (Arkansas lost to North Carolina, 20-10)
1997 1-AA Playoffs – First Round (Northwestern State lost to Eastern Washington, 40-10)
1998 1-AA Playoffs – First Round (Northwestern State def. Illinois State, 48-28)
1998 1-AA Playoffs – Quarterfinals (Northwestern State def. Appalachian State, 31-20)
1998 1-AA Playoffs – Semifinals (Northwestern State lost to Massachusetts, 41-31)
2005 Peach Bowl (LSU def. Miami, 40-3)
2007 Sugar Bowl (LSU def. Notre Dame, 41-14)
2008 BCS Championship Game (LSU def. Ohio State, 38-24)