According to several sources close to the situation, Tyson Summers will replace DJ Eliot as the new Buffaloes defensive coordinator in 2019. The news comes a week after Mel Tucker was introduced as head coach, and Eliot decided to join Les Miles’s staff at Kansas.
Like newly hired offensive coordinator, Jay Johnson, Summers brings years of coaching experience to CU. This past season he served as a defensive quality coordinator under Tucker. The year and a half prior, he was the head coach for FCS school Georgia Southern. He had a rough go of it as a head coach, though, going 5-13 before being dismissed halfway through his second season at the helm.
Summers spent his previous nine seasons coaching defensive backs at CSU, Georgia Southern, Georgia, Troy, and Presbyterian. Additionally he had a stint as the defensive coordinator at UCF for three years from 2012-14. He coached Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye during his senior season.
Summers, 38, has built a reputation on being a energetic, tough, hard nosed, coach - all attributes the Buffs lacked in the later parts of last season. He’ll look to bring that passion to a defense that returns several key starters including linebacker Nate Landman and defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson. The unit will look to improve on a season where they ranked ninth in the conference in points per game.
It is not yet known whether Summers will serve as a position coach in addition to his coordinator duties, but following the departure of safeties coach ShaDon Brown, there will definitely be someone new taking over that role.