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Clinton McMillan

Assistant Defensive Line/Pass Rush Specialist


Clinton McMillan is in his third season with the Titans and his second year as defensive line assistant. He initially arrived in Tennessee in 2021 as a defensive assistant as part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship.

Working with the defensive line in 2022, he helped the Titans finish first in the NFL in rushing defense (76.9 opponent rushing yards per game). Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons was named to the Pro Bowl after posting 7.5 sacks, while nose tackle Teair Tart recorded a career-high 16 starts. Defensive end DeMarcus Walker established career highs in several categories, including 32 tackles and seven sacks.

In 2021, he primarily worked with the Titans outside linebackers. The group accounted for 19 total sacks, including 12 sacks by Harold Landry III, who led the team, set a career high and ranked 10th in the NFL. Landry was named to his first career Pro Bowl.

In 2020, McMillan spent his only season at Florida State as a senior analyst for a defense that featured nine first-time starters. Linebacker Stephen Dix Jr. earned Freshman All-America honors, while cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. was named first-team All-ACC before becoming a second-round NFL Draft pick by the Los Angeles Chargers. Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson was a second-team all-conference selection.

McMillan was defensive line coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 2017 to 2019 and also held defensive run game coordinator and co-special teams coordinator titles in his time with the Skyhawks. He coached four all-conference performers during his tenure: returner Terry Williams and linemen Julian Crutchfield, Jay Murphy and Austin Pickett.

In 2019, he helped UT Martin lead the Ohio Valley Conference with 25 sacks. The Skyhawks ranked among the national leaders in several categories, including blocked kicks (ninth), punt return defense (10th), blocked punts (11th) and defensive touchdowns (11th). Also in 2019, McMillan helped coach the only player in the country with multiple punt return touchdowns (Williams) and the FCS' individual leader in blocked kicks (Korbin Harmon).

During the 2018 season, UT Martin's defense ranked 17th nationally in tackles for loss (7.6 per game). In conference play, the unit ranked second in rushing defense (130.5 yards per game), passing defense (202.1) and total defense (332.4).

In 2017, the Skyhawks ranked in the top 10 nationally in several categories, including first in red-zone defense (60.6 percent), fourth in scoring defense (14.3 points per game), sixth in total defense (273.8 yards per game) and sixth on third-down conversion (28.7 percent).

McMillan began his coaching career at Sanford Seminole High School and Winter Park High School before serving as a graduate assistant at Weber State from 2012-14. He then moved on to a graduate assistant role at Marshall from 2014-16, helping the Thundering Herd compile a 26-13 record with one conference championship and back-to-back bowl appearances. He was hired as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Ohio Dominican before his role at UT Martin.

A native of Oviedo, Fla., McMillan played four seasons at the University of Florida, appearing in 48 career games at defensive tackle for the Gators. As a senior, he started in all 13 games and recorded 23 tackles. In 2006, he was a member of the BCS National Championship team under head coach Urban Meyer.

McMillan earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2007 and received a master's degree in education from Marshall University in 2016.

Clinton McMillan's Coaching Timeline:

2022-23: Defensive Line Assistant, Tennessee Titans

2021: Defensive Assistant, Tennessee Titans

2020: Senior Analyst (Defense), Florida State

2017-19: Defensive Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line/Co-Special Teams Coordinator, Tennessee-Martin

2017: Defensive Coordinator/Secondary, Ohio Dominican

2014-16: Defensive Graduate Assistant, Marshall

2012-13: Graduate Assistant, Weber State