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Former Kentucky linebacker Anwar Stewart to return to Wildcats as defensive line coach


By Keith Taylor
Kentucky Today

Anwar Stewart is coming back home.

The former Kentucky linebacker and defensive end (1996-99) has been hired as Kentucky’s defensive line coach. He served as a student assistant and defensive assistant under Mark Stoops from 2017-18.

Anwar Stewart

“It’s great when we can bring back former players and I’m excited to have Anwar rejoin our staff,” Stoops said. “I loved the energy and juice Anwar brought to the team during his previous time here. He has been a player and coach on both the pro and college levels, so our players will benefit from his wide range of experience.”

Stewart is looking forward to coming back to coach the Wildcats.

“I’m very excited to return to where it all started for me,” Stewart said. “Coach Stoops is doing it better than it’s ever been done before at UK. I know his vision and I know what it takes to coach under him. I’m excited to learn from Coach Stoops, Coach (Brad) White and the other coaches on the staff. I know I will grow as a man and as a father as well.”

Stewart also is anxious to help the team’s student-athletes.

“I’m very excited to return to where it all started for me,” Stewart said. “Coach Stoops is doing it better than it’s ever been done before at UK. I know his vision and I know what it takes to coach under him. I’m excited to learn from Coach Stoops, Coach (Brad) White and the other coaches on the staff. I know I will grow as a man and as a father as well.”

Stewart coached the defensive line at Appalachian State last season and played for 13 seasons in the Canadian football League. He holds the Montreal record for career sacks and won four Grey Cup titles while playing for Montreal and Calgary in the CFL.

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.


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