Oakland coach Jon Gruden raved about Ansley to the San Jose Mercury News after hiring him a year ago.
“I think Derrick Ansley is going to be a star in this profession,” Gruden to the Mercury News. “Going to be a great secondary coach. Really excited to get him.”
The 37-year-old from Tallassee, Ala., had two stints at Alabama under Nick Saban, with stints at Tennessee (2012) and Kentucky (2013-15) in between.
Ansley was a member of the Tide staff that won the 2011 BCS title game, and again in Jan. 2018 when he was the secondary coach in a 26-23 overtime win over Georgia.
Ansley, who has 13 years of college coaching experience, was among those discussed for the Troy head coaching job and is also a finalist for a Big Ten defensive coordinator position.
Like Smart, Ansley was a standout player in college, starting 40 consecutive games and earning all-conference honors at Troy with 19 interceptions over his four-year career, including nine as a junior.