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Kevin Peoples
Position: Director of High School Relations
Other Position: Director of High School Relations | Assistant Coach - Defensive Tackles - Cotton Bowl
Kevin Peoples
Courtesy: Arkansas

Kevin Peoples is in his first season as defensive tackles coach after taking over the post in December 2011 following two seasons on staff.

Peoples' first game as an on-field coach for the Razorbacks was a 29-16 defeat of No. 11 Kansas State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl that gave Arkansas its school-record-tying 11th win of the 2011 season. In that game, Arkansas held the Wildcats to 87 yards rushing, more than 100 yards below their season average entering the game, and an average of just 2.2 yards per carry.

The Razorbacks also attacked the K-State backfield and recorded 11.0 tackles for loss with 7.0 sacks while allowing just 4-of-15 third-down conversions. Defensive tackles accounted for seven tackles, 1.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and one quarterback hurry while allowing Arkansas' starting linebackers to collect 22 tackles, 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and one quarterback hurry.

Peoples served as the Razorbacks' Director of High School Relations for two seasons after spending eight seasons as the defensive line coach at Arkansas State. In his first two seasons in Fayetteville, Arkansas posted consecutive 10-win seasons for just the third time in school history and played in the first BCS game in school history with an appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl following the 2010 season.

Peoples coached 11 all-conference selections in his time at Arkansas State. While there, he tutored several players who were chosen as All-Sun Belt Conference honorees, including Corey Williams (2002, 2003), Jon Bradley (2002, 2003) Myron Anderson (2005), Jonathan Najm (2006), Jammarrow James (2006), Alex Carrington (2008, 2009) and Bryan Hall (2009). In addition, Carrington was named the 2008 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year. Williams and Bradley spent time playing in the NFL, and Carrington was a third-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

Peoples, who joined the ASU staff in January 2002, was selected from 500 coaches as one of the recipients of the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the 2002-03 season. The award is set up to recognize those coaches that made a significant contribution to their teams and have generally gone unnoticed.

Prior to coaching at Arkansas State, Peoples spent the 2001 season coaching defensive tackles at Northwestern State University. He spent the 2000 season with the XFL's Las Vegas team after coaching the defensive line and special teams at Northern Arizona in 1999. From 1997-98, Peoples was the defensive line coach at Central Missouri and in 1996, he worked with the defensive ends and the kickoff coverage team at Northwestern State.

Peoples began his coaching career at Carroll College in Montana in 1993 for two years before joining the staff at Blinn Community College in Texas for the 1995 season. The team at Blinn went on to win the national junior college championship in 1995.

He was a four-year starter at linebacker at Carroll College, helping the Saints to the 1989 Frontier Conference crown and a berth in the NAIA playoffs. During his playing career, Peoples earned two all-conference selections and was also an all-district performer as a senior.

He is married to the former Rebecca Chilton of Buckeye, Ariz.

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