New Colorado defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh
New Colorado defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh

Last offseason, Jimmy Brumbaugh gave a strong recommendation for Kwahn Drake to coach the Colorado Buffaloes’ defensive line.

Now, it appears Brumbaugh will be replacing Drake.

According to sources, CU and first-year head coach Mel Tucker will hire Brumbaugh to coach the Buffaloes’ defensive line. A background check must be completed before CU can officially announce new coaching hires.

For the past two seasons, Brumbaugh, 42, has been the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Maryland. From 2013-16, he was the defensive line coach at Kentucky, where he worked with former CU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot.

Brumbaugh played at Auburn in the late 1990s with Drake’s older brother, Kwesi. Last January, Brumbaugh contacted Eliot and recommended Drake for the job at CU.

With Maryland going through a coaching change this offseason, Brumbaugh was looking for work. Just a few days ago, it appeared he would be reuniting with Eliot.

On Dec. 10, Eliot was named the defensive coordinator at Kansas, while Buffzone sources said Drake would remain at CU under Tucker. Multiple reports on Wednesday had Brumbaugh going to Kansas, but on Thursday, the Jayhawks announced Drake as their new defensive line coach.

Now, the veteran coach of 15 years will be working with the Buffs. Brumbaugh coached the defensive line at Tennessee-Chattanooga (2005), Louisiana Tech (2008-09), Syracuse (2010-11) and East Mississippi Community College (2012) before going to Kentucky.

Brumbaugh was also an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU for two seasons (2006-07), helping the Tigers to the national title in 2007.

During his time at Kentucky, Brumbaugh coached four linemen who earned All-SEC honors, including two 2015 NFL draft picks: Bud Dupree (first round, Pittsburgh) and Za’Darius Smith (fourth round, Baltimore).

At Syracuse, he coached Chandler Jones, a two-time All-Big East performer who was the 21st overall pick in the 2012 draft by New England.

While playing at Auburn, Brumbaugh started 44 of 48 career games, playing nose tackle and defensive tackle. He had 291 career tackles and 15 sacks. He earned first-team All-SEC honors in 1997 and second-team honors in 1996.

Brumbaugh’s son, Legend, is a quarterback at Maryland.

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