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Derrick LeBlanc joining Kentucky Wildcats Football

The Cats appear to have a new defensive coach.

The Kentucky Wildcats appear to have filled one of their vacant coaching positions.

According to FootballScoop, North Texas defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc is expected to join the Kentucky staff in a similar capacity.

LeBlanc joined the Mean Green coaching staff prior to the 2016 season as the defensive line coach. The North Texas defense held opponents to 8.7 points per game fewer than the 2015 team, marking the 13th-best turnaround in the country in terms of scoring defense

Before joining North Texas, LeBlanc had coaching stints with Southern Miss, Wyoming, LSU, and Pearl River Community College. LeBlanc was with LSU as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator from 2008-11, so he has some degree of experience in the SEC.

LeBlanc also coached the defensive line at Missouri State from 2006–07, Arkansas Tech in ’05 and Henderson State from ’01–04. He was a graduate assistant at LSU in 2000.

The report is not more specific as to LeBlanc’s role, but one would think it’s to replace Jimmy Brumbaugh, who had been serving as the team’s defensive line coach since 2013. He was part of the original staff Stoops assembled in Lexington, but Brumbaugh left this offseason to accept a promotion with Maryland, where he is now a co-defensive coordinator along with former Wildcat assistant Andy Buh, who left UK in 2016 to join the Terps.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops...