DeVan Named Offensive Line Coach
BOULDER — Kyle DeVan, who has offensive line coaching and playing experience both in college and the National Football League, has been named offensive line coach at the University of Colorado, head coach Karl Dorrell announced Tuesday.
As with all hires of this nature, it is subject to the approval of CU's Board of Regents.
DeVan, 36, comes to Colorado from the University of Michigan, where he was an offensive analyst this fall, working particularly with the offensive line. He helped create weekly game plans for the run game, protection plans in the passing game, and worked with the coaches on game day field adjustments. He will join CU in January following the No. 2 Wolverines run in the College Football Playoff, with UM set to play No. 3 Georgia in a semifinal on New Year's Eve.
At Michigan, he worked closely with co-offensive coordinator and line coach Sherrone Moore. The Wolverines saw all five starting linemen earn some kind of All-Big Ten honors (one first-team, two second-team and two honorable mention), not easy to accomplish in a 14-team league with about 70 players competing for 15 spots. Right tackle Andrew Steuber earned second-team All-American honors, and center Andrew Vastardis was a second-team Academic All-American.
The Michigan line itself was just named Tuesday as the recipient of the Joe Moore Award, which is presented to the nation's top offensive line. When it announced the finalists, the committee noted of the Wolverines, "This group plays old school football with a physical edge. They faced stacked boxes as much as any group in the country, but still run with solid efficiency. They're the type of group that engulfs and prevents penetration, TFL's (tackles for losses) are rare and they adjust to the blitz well. They seem to play their best ball in the fourth quarter when it matters most."
The Wolverines are averaging 451.9 yards and 37.7 points per game on offense, while allowing only 10 quarterback sacks – the third-fewest in the nation – and 27 tackles for loss, easily the national low. Their running backs were stopped behind the line of scrimmage for only 40 negative yards as Michigan led the Big Ten and is 10th in the NCAA in rushing (223.8 yards per game).
"Kyle came highly recommended to me by several people," Dorrell said. "He is a rising up-and-comer in the coaching ranks, has a great personality and a lot of energy, and is someone his players enjoy playing for. He knows the Pac-12 from being a player and coach, and also has five years of NFL experience he brings to the position. He will be a great addition to our staff."
Dorrell actually coached against him three times when he was the head coach at UCLA (2003-07), the same seasons that DeVan was a center at Oregon State, where he played in 49 games, including 38 starts.
"I am really excited to be joining the Colorado football family, and I want to especially thank Karl Dorrell, (athletic director) Rick George and (CU Boulder chancellor) Phil DiStefano," DeVan said. 'It will be special for my family and I to join the Pac-12 conference once again, where I have so many memories as a player and coach. I do want to thank (Michigan head coach) Jim Harbaugh and (athletic director) Warde Manuel for the opportunity they gave me and for my time here at Michigan."
As for what he foresees for CU's offensive line he said, "I want a (offensive line) room full of players who play smart, fast and physical. And above all, we will be a tough unit. It all starts in the trenches."
A Closer Look at Kyle DeVan
Kyle DeVan had joined the Michigan staff from the University of Arizona, where he coached the offensive line and was the run game coordinator for two seasons under head coach Kevin Sumlin. During his time in Tucson, he was ranked among the conference's top recruiters. The Wildcats were 1-1 against the Buffs when he was on UA's staff, winning a wild 35-30 game in Boulder in 2019 when they had 487 yards on offense and allowed just two tackles for losses.
He had spent the previous three seasons (2016-18) at Ball State, where with the Cardinals he coached the offensive line all three years in addition to serving as an assistant head coach under Mike Neu for the 2017-18 seasons. In his first year there, he developed an offensive line that paved the way for 220 rushing yards per game, the best mark for the Cardinals since 1978. That season Ball State rushed for 300 or more yards three times, including a high of 356 yards against Buffalo. In 2018, six of his linemen excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors; on the field, the team set a school single-game total offense record with 652 yards (316 on the ground) in a 42-6 win over Central Connecticut.
Prior to Ball State, DeVan spent one season coaching in the NFL where he was an assistant offensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints. He learned under two of the best in the business there in head coach Sean Payton and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. New Orleans was 7-9 that year, with five of the losses of the one-score variety, and he was heavily involved in all aspects of the run game and pass protection game planning.
DeVan signed in Oregon State's 2003 recruiting class, and after redshirting as a true freshman, when on to letter four seasons (2004-07), seeing action in 49 games, including starting the last 38 at center. He was a second-team All-Pac 10 selection as a junior in 2006, which was bracketed by honorable mention honors as a sophomore and senior. He was a Rimington Award nominee his junior and senior seasons as a candidate for the nation's top center. The Beavers were 38-24 in his five seasons on the team, and as an active player, he helped lead OSU to bowl victories over Notre Dame (2004 Insight Bowl), Missouri (2006 Sun Bowl) and Maryland (2007 Emerald Bowl). As a senior, the Beavers knocked off No. 2 California as well as rival and No. 18 Oregon – both on the road; OSU had defeated No. 3 USC his junior season. He played in the 2008 East-West Shrine game to polish off his collegiate career.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Oregon State in 2008; the program included an option in Management; he also minored in Communications and was a three-time honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic team member. After his professional career, he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 2013 at his alma mater, working with the tight ends. He once again helped OSU to a bowl victory, as the Beavers bested Boise State in the Hawai'i Bowl. His tight ends combined led all units in the Pac-12, with 91 receptions for 924 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In 2014, he moved on to the University of Southern California, where he was an offensive graduate assistant coach. The Trojans were 9-4 under Steve Sarkisian that season, which was topped off with a 45-42 win over No. 25 Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. It was at USC working with offensive line coach Tim Drevo where he got his first taste of recruiting offensive line talent nationally.
DeVan signed as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2008, and was then picked up by the New York Jets in training camp, where he would spend 12 weeks on the practice squad and where he was moved from center to guard. He joined the Boise Burn of the arenafootball2 league in the spring of 2009 before landing with the Indianapolis Colts for three seasons (2009-11). He started 25 games at guard for the Colts and was a member of Indy's 2009 AFC champion team. One of the linemen who blocked for NFL most valuable player Peyton Manning, he started at right guard in Super Bowl XLIV against New Orleans (the Saints won, 31-17). He would close out his professional career with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011) and the Tennessee Titans (2012), eventually starting in 30 games overall.
DeVan was born Feb. 10, 1985 in Sacramento, Calif., and graduated from Vacaville (Calif.) High School, where he lettered in football and wrestling; he a two-time all-league performer on both the offensive and defensive lines as well as the California heavyweight champion as a senior. He is married to the former Erin Loveman, and the couple has two children, son Bode Chandler and daughter Lola Rose. He worked as a substitute teacher at Vacaville (math, history and physical education) for a brief time before playing arena football before eventually returning to Indianapolis and the NFL (where stories at the time were penned, "From school teacher to NFL starter."
|2013||Oregon State||Graduate Assistant / Tight Ends|
|2014||Southern California||Graduate Assistant / Offensive Line|
|2015||New Orleans (NFL)||Assistant Offensive Line Coach|
|2016-18||Ball State||Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line|
|2019-20||Arizona||Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator|
|2021||Michigan||Offensive Analyst (Offensive Line)|