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Kentucky Football and the Dillon Sanders Hire

As you know, Mark Stoops hired Dillon Sanders as a graduate assistant to help D.J. Eliot coach Kentucky’s outside linebackers. I did a little research on him and thought I’d share it with ASoB’s readers.

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If you read Jason's May 1st article about the Dillon Sanders hire, you know the big picture. This is a drill down with a little more detail.

Dillon Sanders is no inexperienced youngster. He's been around a while as a coach like Vince Marrow, who was a graduate assistant at Nebraska before becoming who he is and what he does for Kentucky.  Here's some background for you to consider.

2015 -€” Third year as graduate assistant for Utah State's defense working with outside linebackers, assisting defensive coordinator/ linebacker coach Kevin Clune.

Utah State NCAA Defensive Stats for 2015-2016 Season:

Total Defense: 17th (332.5 ypg)

Rushing Defense: 47th (151.9)

Pass Defense: 12th (180.5 ypg)

Scoring Defense: 61st (26.7 ppg)

3rd Down Conversion % Defense: 21st (33.5%)

2014 -€” Utah State's defense ranked first in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) and 12th in the nation in scoring defense (19.7 ppg) in Sanders' second year. The Aggies also ranked first in the MWC and fourth nationally in both sacks (3.57 pg) and tackles for loss (8.1 pg), second in the MWC and 8th in the nation in passes intercepted (19), 2nd in the MWC and 9th nationally in defensive touchdowns (5), 2nd in the MWC and 11th nationally in forced turnovers (30), 2nd in the MWC and 17th in the nation in passing defense efficiency defense (111.42), 1st in the NWC and 24th nationally in rushing defense (130.7 ypg), second in the MWC and 30th nationally in total defense (356.1 ypg).

2013 -€” In Sanders' first season, the Aggies ranked 1st in the MWC and 7th nationally in scoring defense (17.1 ppg), 1st in the conference and 12th in the nation in total defense (330.9), first in the conference and 8th nationally in rushing defense (106.7 ypg), and first in the conference and 15th nationally in passing defense efficiency defense (111.42) passing defense efficiency defense (113.2).

Before you shrug the numbers off, remember that Vince Marrow was a G/A at Nebraska before arriving in the bluegrass. Like Marrow, Sanders has experience. He holds experience (2008-2012) with the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League. We know that Marrow was responsible for recruiting several Ohio kids while at Nebraska. We won't know about Sanders' recruiting for a week or more

You can read more here from Utah State's 2015 Media Guide.