New Terps defensive line coach has 'a track record of developing players'
Feb 06, 2017 | 12:40 PM
Maryland football coach DJ Durkin talks about the team's recruiting class. (Don Markus/Baltimore Sun video)
Maryland made it official Monday in announcing the hiring of Jimmy Brumbaugh as defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator.
Brumbaugh spent the last four years at Kentucky, where he helped develop two future NFL players, Za'Darius Smith of the Ravens and Bud Dupree of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dupree was a first-round pick in 2015, while Smith was taken by the Ravens that year in the fourth round. They were among the four all-SEC defensive players Brumbaugh coached with the Wildcats.
Prior to going to Kentucky, Brumbaugh coached for two years at Syracuse, where he oversaw defensive tackles and the defensive line.
While he was at Syracuse, the Orange improved from 81st nationally in scoring defense to 17th and from 37th overall defensively to seventh. Under Brumbaugh, Chandler Jones was a two-time all-Big East selection and was selected in the first round by New England Patriots in 2012.
Brumbaugh, who played as a defensive tackle and nose tackle at Auburn, where he started 44 of 48 games during his career, also coached at Louisiana Tech in 2008 and 2009, when the team improved from 48th against the run to 13th.
As an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU in 2006 and 2007, Brumbaugh helped the Tigers produce five first-round NFL picks and was on the staff when the Tigers won the national championship in 2007.
"Jimmy Brumbaugh is an outstanding football coach and I'm thrilled that he'll be joining our staff," Maryland coach DJ Durkin said in a statement. "He has had a great deal of success everywhere he's been, winning a conference championship as a player and a national championship while on the LSU staff.
"He has a track record of developing players and preparing them for the next level. I'm excited to see the immediate impact he'll have working with our defense."
Brumbaugh replaces Mike London, the former associate head coach and defensive line coach who left last month to become the head coach at Howard. Brumbaugh will serve as defensive coordinator with Andy Buh, who worked with Brumbaugh when Buh served as special teams coordinator at Kentucky during the 2015 season.