SEC football assistants to watch for as future head coaches

Which SEC assistant coaches could be tabbed as head coaches in the future?

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6. . Baker assistant. . Defensive Coordinator. Blake Baker. player. 529. . Blake Baker

113th. That was the Missouri Defense national ranking for points per game allowed in 2021 before Blake Baker took over.

Baker improved the Tigers' defense to 56th in that category in 2022, and again to 25th in 2023.

Due to his success, Baker was given a pay raise and the same position at a more prestigious SEC school -- the LSU Tigers -- where head coach Brian Kelly made him the highest-paid assistant coach in the country at $2.5 million annually.

If the LSU defense improves like the Missouri defense did, Baker could be on some head coaching short lists very quickly around the country.