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Sources: CU Buffs hire from within for TE coach

Bryan Cook, director of quality control for defense, promoted to tight ends coach

Bryan Cook will be promoted to Colorado tight ends coach, according to sources.

Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell didn’t have to go far to find a new tight ends coach.

According to multiple sources, CU has promoted quality control coach Bryan Cook to tight ends coach.

Cook, who has been the Buffs’ director of quality control for defense the past two years, will replace Taylor Embree, who left the Buffs last month after one season as tight ends coach to take a position coaching running backs with the NFL’s New York Jets.

Cook, 44, will return to the offensive side of the ball after being a quality control coach on defense for the past three years, at CU (2019-20) and Georgia Tech (2018).

In 2017, Cook was the offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern. From 2013-16, he coached quarterbacks and B-Backs at Georgia Tech, and he was co-offensive coordinator at Cal Poly from 2009-12, coaching quarterbacks and fullbacks. From 2004-08, he was in the prep ranks, including four years as a head coach.

A graduate of Ithaca College, where he was a starting safety and an all-conference lacrosse player, Cook got his start in coaching with three years as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech (2001-03). He worked at various times on offense and defense for the Yellow Jackets, including coaching tight ends in 2002.

Promoting Cook completes CU’s assistant coaching staff. Last week, CU promoted Chris Wilson, the Buffs’ defensive line coach, to defensive coordinator; and promoted safeties coach Brett Maxie to defensive passing game coordinator. also reported last week that Mark Smith will be hired as linebackers coach, but CU has yet to announce that move.