TCU opened the 2015 campaign as the only school in the nation without a linebacker who had ever made a collegiate start. When the season ended, converted safety Travin Howard earned All-Big 12 recognition with former high school quarterback Ty Summers named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after his 23 tackles in a win over Baylor. Summers also received honorable-mention Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year accolades.
In the 2014 season, Cross coached Paul Dawson into Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-America honors. Dawson was the only player in the nation with at least 100 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions. He was the first Big 12 player to accomplish the feat since 2000.
Dawson (136) and Marcus Mallet (100) combined to make 236 tackles as TCU's starting linebackers in 2014. Dawson was a third-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cross came to the Horned Frogs after serving as linebackers coach in 2012 at Kansas.
Prior to arriving at Kansas, Cross was the special teams coordinator and safeties coach at Wisconsin in 2011. His coaching experience includes both the collegiate and NFL ranks.
Cross spent five seasons (2006-10) in various positions with the Buffalo Bills. He joined the Bills as a defensive/special teams assistant in 2006 and was then promoted to assistant linebackers coach/special teams for three seasons. He was promoted again in 2010, taking over as the Bills' inside linebackers coach.
Cross made the jump to the NFL after spending the 2001-05 seasons as Iowa State's outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Cross' unit was a major contributor to the Cyclones' record-setting defenses during his stint. He helped develop Jeremy Loyd into an All-Big 12 performer and future St. Louis Ram.
Cross spent the 2000 season coaching a defensive backfield at Sam Houston State that ranked second nationally in the FCS. The Bearkats' pass defense was led by free safety Keith Davis, who was the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Davis went on to play six seasons and start 31 games for the Dallas Cowboys.
A St. Louis native and 1997 Missouri graduate with a degree in business management, Cross began his coaching career as the outside linebackers coach (1998-99) at his alma mater.
Cross totaled 415 career tackles at free safety for the Tigers from 1994-96. He led Missouri in stops as a junior and senior. He was second-team all-conference from the Big Eight in 1995 and the Big 12 in 1996.
Cross is married to Jessica and he has three daughters: Jadyn, Sheridan and Olivia.
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