Kansas tabs D.J. Eliot as Jayhawks' defensive coordinator

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- On Monday evening, the University of Kansas football program and head coach Les Miles named D.J. Eliot defensive coordinator.

Eliot comes to KU with 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the last six spent as a defensive coordinator.

"D.J. Eliot has time and again elevated the defenses he works with," said Miles in a KU press release. "He knows how to get the best out of his players, both on and off the field. I am very excited to have him on board to lead our defense."

Eliot spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the defensive coordinator at Colorado, but his pedigree includes stops at Florida State, Miami and Kentucky, as well.

Before his stint with Colorado, Eliot was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kentucky where his Wildcat defense set a school record for defensive touchdowns scored in a season with six (2014).

At Florida State, Eliot helped revive the Seminoles' defense, bringing it from 108th in total defense in 2009 to second in the nation by 2012.

Eliot played collegiately at Wyoming for then-coach Dana Dimel, who also was the co-offensive coordinator at Kansas State from 2009-2017 before accepting the head coaching position at Texas-El Paso.