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Pass rush specialist Brandon Jordan plans to take MSU's defense to the next level

April 1, 2022
Michigan State Pass Rush Specialist Brandon Jordan coaches up the defensive line.
Michigan State Pass Rush Specialist Brandon Jordan coaches up the defensive line. —
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The pressure is on as Michigan State continues to gear up for their annual spring game on April 16.

After coming off of an 11-2 year, the Spartans are looking to utilize the spring as a chance to gauge where players are, and what needs more attention on the off season. 

MSU has welcomed Brandon Jordan, the recently hired Pass Rush Specialist, who stepped in this spring after longing to get back into coaching. Jordan is eager to get to work and is confident in his vision. 

Jordan first got his foot in the door for coaching at the college level while he was an offensive lineman at Northern Michigan University. While out due to a torn hamstring injury, his coaching staff had him guiding his teamates on the field. Naturally, Jordan made the transiton over to coaching, and found it was a better fit for his career.

“It’s been my dream to get back into coaching, and once I got this call, I ran to it,” Jordan said. “Especially at a program like this for a head coach like that. Just talking to him, coming here, interviewing with him and just seeing his vision, this was the place to be.”

Jordan previously worked as CEO of his private company, Brandon Jordan Trench Performance, where he has trained dozens of NFL defensive lineman including names like Von Miller and Cameron Heyward. Jordan continues to privately train NFL stars while here in East Lansing, utilizing those training sessions to aid in his work for the spartans.

“Coach Jordan keeps us on our toes, and makes sure we stay balanced,” Junior Spencer Brown said. “The more and more reps the whole o line gets with Brandon Jordan’s D-line, if we excel and keep making strides, we can block anybody because he’s giving us NFL stuff. If we can block NFL stuff, we can block anybody we play on Saturdays.”

Prior to starting his company, he worked in a few different positions including being assistant offensive line coach at Missouri S&T, Graduate assistant coach at Austin Peay and defensive line coach at John Ehret High School in New Orleans. All of which broadened his expertise.

“I started training while I was at the high school,” Jordan said. “I started putting stuff on social media, and I got a lot of retreats. Then a guy named Damon Harrison reached out to me when I moved to Texas, and started working with me. We started putting videos out. Then Gerald McCoy reached out to me, and once that happened, it blew up for me.”

Jordan might be just what MSU needs when it comes to securing another successful season. Jordan’s confident in his training techniques, and has a wide array of experience with players at different skill levels. 

“My personal goal is for these guys to be the best that they can be in college football, and we’ll work everyday to be that. If I feel that they’re the best players they can be, I'm fine with it,” Jordan said.

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