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Dillon Sanders joining Kentucky football staff

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The Kentucky Wildcats have found a new coach for their football staff.

It comes in the form of former Utah State Aggies graduate assistant coach Dillon Sanders, according to Football Scoop:

Source tells FootballScoop Dillon Sanders is joining the Kentucky staff as working with the outside linebackers. Sanders spent the past few seasons at Utah State in a similar capacity (grad assistant working with the outside linebackers) and had recently joined the staff at Colorado State in a similar capacity a few months before this opportunity at Kentucky presented itself.

It looks like Sanders is going to be the replacement for outgoing linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Andy Buh, who became the Maryland Terrapins defensive coordinator earlier in April.  Sanders just wrapped up his third year with Utah State’s football program as a graduate assistant for the Aggies’ defense after joining them in 2013.

Sanders had since taken a similar job with the Colorado State Rams, but it looks like he'll instead accept a job with UK. He's already confirmed the news on Twitter, which also has him listed as a 'graduate assistant coach at the University of Kentucky' (it previously read 'outside linebackers coach').

Sanders played a key part in the development of Utah State linebacker Nick Vigil, who was just drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prior to Utah State, Sanders spent five years (2008-12) as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League (IFL).

It's unclear if Sanders will also help out with special teams at UK, or if Mark Stoops is still looking to fill that role. The fact that Sanders is a graduate assistant suggests the latter.