New Colorado head football coach Mel Tucker is bringing another Georgia staffer to Boulder.

According to sources, Tyson Summers will be hired as the Buffaloes' defensive coordinator. He worked this past season as a defensive quality control analyst at Georgia.

Tucker, who spent the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Georgia, was hired by CU on Dec. 5. Earlier this week, it was reported that Jay Johnson, Georgia's offensive quality control analyst, will be hired as CU's offensive coordinator.

CU has not announced either hire at this point.

Tyson Summers
Tyson Summers (Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Summers will be making his second stop in Colorado, as he worked as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Colorado State in 2015. That year, the Rams allowed 390.9 yards per game, CSU's best number over the last nine seasons.

Summers was the head coach at Georgia Southern from 2016-17, going 5-13. He was fired midway through the 2017 season after an 0-6 start.

A native of Tifton, Ga., Summers played linebacker at Presbyterian College from 1998-2001 and began his coaching career in 2002. He has made coaching stops at Troy, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Alabama-Birmingham and Central Florida.


Summers was Central Florida's defensive coordinator from 2012-14. During his time with the Knights, they went 31-9. In 2014, UCF was fifth nationally in total defense (allowing 298.5 yards per game) and ninth in scoring defense (19.2 points per game). They were 17th in scoring defense in 2013 (21.3).

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