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Anthony Midget

Anthony Midget is in his fourth season as assistant secondary coach with the Houston Texans.

Anthony Midget is in his fourth season as assistant secondary coach with the Houston Texans.

During his first three years in Houston (2014-16), the Texans rank third in net passing yards allowed per game (218.4), third in net yards allowed per game (319.9), fourth in opponent completion percentage (59.5) and sixth in points allowed per game (19.8). Houston also ranked first in the league in third-down defense with a 33.6 opponent conversion percentage during that span.

The Texans are coming off back-to-back AFC South division championships and have put together three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. Houston’s 7-1 record at home and 5-1 record in the division in 2016 both tied franchise records. The team also advanced to the AFC Divisional Round for the first time since 2012.

The Texans finished the 2016 season with the NFL’s top-ranked defense for the first time in franchise history, surrendering an average of only 301.3 total net yards per game. They also gave up the fewest first downs (17.0) and second-fewest net passing yards (201.6) per game. Houston was the only team in the NFL to not allow a 300-yard passer in 2016 and has given up just one 300-yard passer in the last 32 regular season games.

S Quintin Demps led all NFL safeties in 2016 with a career-high six interceptions, which also tied for the second-most in a single season in Texans history. CB A.J. Bouye set single-season career highs with 62 total tackles and 16 passes defensed while starting 11 games. Bouye also notched two interceptions in the playoffs and became the first player in team history with a pick in back-to-back postseason games.

In 2015, the Texans defense finished third in the NFL in net yards (310.2) and net passing yards (210.4) allowed per game, tied for third in passes defensed (90) and tied for seventh in points allowed per game (19.6). The Texans also allowed the fifth-lowest opponent completion percentage (59.0) in the league.

The Texans led the NFL in third-down defense, as opponents converted only 28.5 percent (61-of-214) of their opportunities. That percentage is the lowest single-season mark in franchise history by 4.5 percent and the lowest opponent third-down percentage by any NFL team since the 2003 Tennessee Titans (27.7).

Houston won its first AFC South division championship since 2012 and only allowed six points or less five times in 2015, which led the NFL and is tied for the most such games in a season since the 1991 New Orleans Saints (six times). On the season, the Texans didn’t allow the opposing team to score a touchdown in four of their games.

In 2014, the Texans secondary was involved in 22 of Houston’s 34 takeaways and had seven players with either a forced fumble, fumble recovery or interception. The group accounted for nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 16 interceptions and three interceptions returned for touchdowns. As a team, the Texans set a franchise record with 11 different players recording interceptions, four interception returns for touchdowns, and an NFL-best 483 yards on interception returns.

Prior to joining the Texans, Midget spent one season at Penn State where he held the role of safeties coach for Head Coach Bill O’Brien in 2013. In his lone year, Penn State’s pass defense efficiency ranked fifth in the Big Ten and the secondary joined Ohio State as the only two teams to have three players rank in the top 20 of passes defensed in the conference.

From 2008-12, Midget served as secondary coach and special teams coordinator (2008-11) before becoming defensive coordinator (2012) at Georgia State. During his tenure, he worked with kick returner Albert Wilson, who led the Colonial Athletic Association with a 25.9 kickoff return average en route to being selected CAA Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012. Midget was also instrumental in the development of P Lain Vance, who was a third-team All-American in 2010.

Midget joined the collegiate coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech, his alma mater, helping the Hokies win the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference title. He began his coaching career at Lake Worth (Fla.) High School, where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons (2003-06).

Midget was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter at cornerback at Virginia Tech. As a senior in 1999, he earned third-team All-American honors and first-team All-Big East honors, helping the Hokies reach the BCS National Championship Game. He also was named to the Big East All-Academic team and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Midget was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Midget and his wife, Tresica, have two daughters, Anaiya and Kaylin, and one son, Jalen.

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