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Jimmy Brumbaugh hired as Colorado’s defensive line coach

Brumbaugh is the latest hire for new Buffaloes coach Mel Tucker

Mike Weaver/Courier-Journal

Mel Tucker is continuing to construct his staff in Boulder and is bringing on Jimmy Brumbaugh as the Colorado Buffaloes defensive line coach.

Brumbaugh, 42, spent the last two years as Maryland’s co-defensive coordinator and also has ties to CU’s former defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, serving as his defensive line coach at Kentucky from 2013 to 2016. The Terps improved from 80th in total defense to 60th this past season under Brumbaugh.

Brumbaugh has spent time as an assistant during the course of the past 15 years with Jacksonville State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Louisiana Tech, Syracuse and JUCO powerhouse East Mississippi Community College. He was also part of Les Miles’ staff at LSU that won a national championship in 2007.

As a player, Brumbaugh was a two-time all-SEC selection at Auburn, where he started 44 games, gathering 291 tackles (22 for loss), and 15 sacks. He went undrafted in the 2000 NFL Draft and spent a season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000, followed by three years in the XFL and Arena League from 2001 to 2003.

Brumbaugh is known for is developing talents like Bud Dupree of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Za’Darius Smith of the Baltimore Ravens, and Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals. He’s a top-notch recruiter in the southern region of the country, having spent a majority of his time there.

His son Legend Brumbaugh is listed as a quarterback on Maryland’s roster.

Brumbaugh becomes the fourth assistant hired by Tucker in the past two weeks. He joins CU’s existing coaches Darrin Chiaverini, Darian Hagan and Ross Els, along with offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic and defensive coordinator Tyson Summers. Three spots are left to complete Tucker’s staff for next season.

Tucker and the Buffs are preparing for the Early Signing Period from Dec. 19 thru Dec. 21. Two good signs of things to come could be the announcement of Austin Williams flipping from CSU to Colorado and Jalen Harris transferring from Auburn.