According to multiple reports, the Colorado football team is close to hiring Boise State's Ashley Ambrose as a defensive backs coach.

CU has not confirmed the hire, but ESPN and the Idaho Statesman both reported Wednesday that Ambrose is leaving Boise State for Boulder. He previously worked at CU from 2008-10.

A former All-Pro who played 13 years in the NFL, Ambrose has spent the past two seasons coaching defensive backs at Boise State.

In his two seasons at Boise State, Ambrose has coached four different defensive backs to either first- or second-team All-Mountain West honors.

At CU, Ambrose would work alongside secondary coach ShaDon Brown, who was hired by Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre last year.

Ambrose, 47, got his first full-time coaching job at CU. After spending the 2008-09 seasons as a technical intern with the Buffs under then-head coach Dan Hawkins, Ambrose was hired by Hawkins in 2010 to coach the Buffs' defensive backs.

While at CU in 2010, Ambrose coached cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown, who were both selected in the 2011 NFL draft.

After leaving CU, Ambrose coached the secondary at California for two seasons (2011-12) and then spent the 2013 season as an intern with the New Orleans Saints. He coached cornerbacks at Idaho in 2014 and at Texas State in 2015 before going to Boise State in 2016.


After starring as a player at Mississippi Valley State, Ambrose was a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 1992. During his NFL career, he played for the Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

He had his best season in 1996, with the Bengals, when he made his only Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro honors.

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