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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Junior college DL coach Jimmy Brumbaugh joins Mark Stoops’ first UK coaching staff

College football teams are used to dipping into the junior college ranks for players, but UK head coach Mark Stoops has looked to that level for his newest assistant coach.


East Mississippi Community College defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh will serve in the same role on Stoops’ first staff at UK, the head coach announced Monday.


Brumbaugh joined East Mississippi’s staff last year after a two-year stint as the defensive line coach at Syracuse. He also spent two years as the defensive line coach at Louisiana Tech and two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at LSU.


Jimmy Brumbaugh. (Photo from East Mississippi CC)

“I think Jimmy will do a tremendous job in player development,” Stoops said in a news release. “It’s of major importance to teach defensive line play at the level of expectation that coach (D. J.) Eliot and I have.


“Jimmy comes from the heritage of the legendary Pete Jenkins,” Stoops noted. Jenkins coached defensive line play for decades in the SEC (including Brumbaugh at Auburn), other colleges and in the National Football League. “When I talked with Jimmy, he blew me away with his organization and plan of how he teaches and develops the defensive line.”


Brumbaugh, a native of Keystone Heights, Fla., started 44 of 48 career games at Auburn from 1995 to 1999. He played professionally in the Arena Football League and XFL.


“I’m glad to be part of coach Stoops’ vision for the Kentucky program,” Brumbaugh said in the release. “Watching his defense this year, and knowing his attention to detail, is exciting.


“I’m glad to be part of the Big Blue Nation. When you think of the tradition of the SEC, and having played at Kentucky (during the 1995 season), I’m glad to be here and have the opportunity to be in this one-of-a-kind league.”


The hiring of Brumbaugh could give UK a valuable recruiting connection to the Mississippi Junior College system. At East Mississippi he coached defensive end Za’Darius Smith, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, who was considering Florida State University while Stoops and UK defensive coordinator D. J. Eliot were on the staff.


Brumbaugh joins safeties coach and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto, tight ends coach Vince Marrow, offensive assistant Chad Scott, offensive line coach John Schlarman, offensive coordinator Neal Brown and defensive coordinator D. J. Eliot on Stoops’ first staff. Stoops has two assistant coaching positions — wide receivers and cornerbacks — remaining to fill.



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