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Kentucky hires D.J. Eliot as defensive coordinator, according to report

FSU defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot may be the Kentucky Wildcats' new defensive coordinator. Along with Mark Stoops, Eliot would be the second member of FSU's staff to move to Kentucky.


Kentucky is bringing in Florida State defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot to be its new defensive coordinator, according to a report from New Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops worked alongside Eliot on FSU's staff before taking the Kentucky head coaching job, and it appears he is bringing at least one FSU staffer with him to Lexington.

Eliot has been the defensive ends coach at FSU for the past three seasons. Prior to coming to Tallahassee, he was the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach at Rice. He has also had coaching stints at Wyoming, Houston, Miami (Fla.), Texas State and Tulsa. The 36 year old has been coaching at various levels since 1998.

With Eliot's help, Florida State built one of the nation's top defensive units. The Seminoles rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense in 2012. They finished the regular season 15th in the nation with 33 sacks.

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