Rayford “Ray” Petty enters into his second season and third stint with the Howard Bison as the defensive coordinator. The highly respected Petty served as head coach of the Bison from 2002-06. He also served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator here. Petty has also served as defensive coordinator at both Delaware State and Norfolk State. He spent four seasons with the Hornets, and amongst his team’s defensive highlights, DSU earned a No. 3 MEAC ranking in turnover margin (+0.5 pg) and a total of 22 forced turnovers and four touchdowns scored. In 2008, the DSU defense was ranked second in the MEAC in pass efficiency defense (79.5) and opponents’ first downs (15.3 pg) and third in total defense (288.4 ypg) and pass defense (1441. ypg). The Hornets were named MEAC champions in 2007 and Petty’s unit garnered national rankings in pass efficiency defense (No. 9/105.33), scoring defense (No. 13/18.4 ppg) and overall pass defense (No. 14/169.7). That year, Delaware State finished No. 1 in the MEAC in scoring defense.