Skyhawk Football | Julius McNair - Defensive Backs
A four-year letterman of the Skyhawk program, Julius McNair returns to coach the UT Martin defensive backfield for his third season in 2015.
Last season, McNair coached a defensive backfield that produced seven of the team's 10 interceptions while adding 33 of the Skyhawks' 44 pass breakups. He coached Jordan Landry (third in the OVC with 11 pass breakups) and Walter Evans (eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference with three interceptions), who each statistically ranked as two of the top defensive backs in the league.
In his first season of coaching the Skyhawks, the team snagged 12 interceptions and had 48 pass breakups, a new single-season school record.
McNair coached All-OVC second teamer J'Vontez Blackmon in 2013. Blackmon was one of the Skyhawks' biggest playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, making 70 tackles to go along with a 10 passes defended (seventh in the OVC), a pair of interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, two blocked kicks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
McNair played in 43 games for UT Martin from 2009-12, earning a start in 13 games. The linebacker accounted for 140 tackles (76 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, eight pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three quarterback hurries and one blocked kick. He also added 88 yards rushing with a pair of touchdowns playing in a special quarterback package in 2010.
McNair's best season came during his senior campaign, when he racked up 70 tackles and recorded his lone career interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery to go along with a career-best four pass breakups. As a junior, he started in eight games and recorded 53 tackles, including career-highs of 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries and one blocked kick.
Before attending UT Martin, McNair was an all-state performer at Mount Olive High School. He threw for 2,253 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season, leading all of Class 1A in touchdown passes.
McNair graduated from UT Martin in 2013 with a degree in business.