Bears All-Access caught up with the football coaching staff to break down positions going into the upcoming season.
Coach Wayne Chambers Talks About Senior Leaders, Development of OLBs
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Wayne Chambers begins his fifth season with the Missouri State coaching staff in 2014. The long-time Oklahoma mainstay will once again guide the Bears' outside linebackers after a stellar output by his unit in 2013.
A year ago, Chambers' starting tandem of senior Nick Canavan and freshman Dylan Cole both earned conference honors. Canavan racked up 80 tackles and 14 TFLs en route to All-MVFC second-team laurels, while Cole posted 71 stops in his first campaign to bolster MVFC All-Newcomer Team distinction.
In 2012, Chambers' unit featured All-MVFC honorable mention selection Nate Davis who was second on the club in total tackles (75) and solo stops (44) with team-highs 9 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Canavan added 65 total stops to give the Bears' starting OLB's two of the club's top five tacklers on the season.
In 2011, Canavan collected 9 starts and finished fifth on the team in total tackles (53), while junior Rodney Kelly emerged as a full-time starter and collected 46 stops, including 23 solo tackles. Junior Nate Davis also factored into the mix with 44 tackles, a pair of starts and the team lead in fumble recoveries.
During his first season in the Missouri State program in 2010, he boasted one All-MVFC performer in honorable mention pick Terian Washington who started 10 times for the Bears as a senior and picked up 50 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Likewise, Chambers helped true freshman Canavan burst into the Bears' lineup in week 4 en route to an MVFC All-Newcomer Team performance that included 50 stops, 6 TFLs and an interception.
With the help of the outside linebackers, the Bears finished 24th in the nation in sacks per game (2.45) and were 30th in the Division I FCS ranks in turnover margin (0.36), ranking third in the competitive MVFC in both categories.
Chambers, a native of Kansas City, Mo., was a three-year performer (2002-04) at Oklahoma under head coach Bob Stoops, where he made the transition into coaching. After spending 2007 as a defensive quality control and administrative assistant, Chambers served as a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma in 2008 and 2009 under Stoops, working primarily with defensive backs and the offensive scout team. He also assisted in the recruiting efforts for the Sooners. OU was a combined 20-7 in those two seasons with an appearance in the BCS Championship game in 2008-09 and Sun Bowl trip in 2009-10.
While on the Sooners staff, he helped mentor future NFL players Clint Ingram, Curtis Lofton, Nic Harris, Lendy Holmes, Dominque Franks, Brian Jackson and Quinton Carter.
As a player, Chambers guided OU to a 36-5 record, two Big 12 titles and two BCS National Championship appearances in three seasons. From 2002-03, he collected 50 total tackles, 29 solo tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble. He notched a career-high 12 tackles against Missouri and 10 against UCLA and was considered one of the top 15 inside linebackers in the nation out of high school.
After missing 2004 with an injury, Chambers completed his undergraduate years working as a student assistant and helping with linebackers and the special teams.
He graduated from Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in marketing (2005) and a master's in human relations (2009).