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Guys on the rise: Assistants who could be head coaches soon

Sixteen assistant coaches in 2015 will be starting their first full seasons as FBS head coaches, with seven of them landing jobs in Power Five conferences.

The highest-profile moves had former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart going to Georgia, former Michigan DC D.J. Durkin taking over at Maryland and former Ohio State DC Chris Ash getting hired at Rutgers.

Who'll become head coaches after this season?

Here's a look, in alphabetical order, at some assistants who appear to have what it takes to run their own programs:


Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator, LSU

Les Miles hired Aranda away from Wisconsin, where the 39-year-old oversaw a...