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Kentucky tabs FSU assistant as defensive coordinator

Eli Capilouto, Mark Stoops AP

Mark Stoops has wasted little time beginning the process of assembling his first Kentucky coaching staff.  And, as it turns out, his first official hire will turn into a reunion of sorts.

Hired nine days to replace Joker Phillips at UK, Stoops officially announced Thursday that he has brought in D.J. Eliot to take on the role of defensive coordinator.  Eliot will also serve as UK’s linebackers coach.

“D.J. is one of the brightest young minds in college football,” said Stoops. “He has a relentless work ethic and is extremely detailed.  I’m very pleased he has joined the Big Blue Nation.”

Eliot coached defensive ends the past three years at Florida State, where Stoops served as coordinator for one of the top defenses in the nation.

In addition to their time with the Seminoles, Stoops and Eliot were also on the same staffs during stints at Houston, Miami and Wyoming.

“I’m very excited with the opportunity to coach at Kentucky and continue to work with Coach Stoops,” Eliot said.  “I believe in the potential of UK and look forward to being on this staff.”

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