By LARRY VAUGHT
Several sources have confirmed that Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot is leaving to take the same position at Colorado.
Eliot came to Kentucky from Florida State with coach Mark Stoops where Stoops was defensive coordinator and Eliot linebackers coach.
However, after UK’s defense was shredded in two losses to open the 2016 season, Stoops took a more active role in the defense and many speculated he was calling the defense.
Kentucky ranked 86th nationally in scoring defense (31.3 points per game) and 85th in total defense (434.2 yards per game) this year. The 2015 season was Eliot’s best statistically at UK as the Cats ranked 68th in scoring defense (27.4 points per game) and 59th in total defense (394.2 yards per game). The season before UK scored touchdowns on six turnovers.
Eliot played at Wyoming and started his coaching career at Wyoming, where Stoops was also on the staff. Eliot was also with Stoops at Houston and Miami before they went to Florida State.
Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt recently left to join the staff at Oregon.