The University of Kentucky football team fell to Mississippi State 28-22 on Thursday, October 25, 2013
An All-Southeastern Conference honoree during his playing days, Kentucky defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh saw three Wildcat linemen follow in his footsteps last season by earning All-SEC accolades.
UK defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree was a second-team All-SEC choice by several selectors. On the other end of the line, Za'Darius Smith was a third-team All-SEC pick by CollegeSportsMadness.com. And, tackle Donte Rumph had the best season of his career en route to second-team all-league honors by Athlon Sports.
Rumph and his fellow starter at tackle, Mister Cobble, have signed National Football League contracts but the good news for 2014 is that Dupree and Smith decided to turn down the NFL and return for their senior seasons. Five additional lettermen and several promising newcomers give Brumbaugh plenty of options to develop his group this season.
As a former professional football player, a protege of legendary defensive line coach Pete Jenkins, and a member of the LSU staff when the Tigers won the 2007 national championship, Brumbaugh has a pedigree of success.
Prior to UK, Brumbaugh's most recent major-college stop was a two-year stint at Syracuse University, where he coached the defensive tackles in 2011 and the defensive line in 2010. While with the Orange, Brumbaugh helped guide the team to an 8-5 record his first season and a victory in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl over Kansas State.
SU showed drastic improvements in national defensive rankings in 2010 under Brumbaugh, moving from 81st in scoring defense to 17th and 37th in total defense to seventh. One of the reasons for the defensive improvements was two-time All-Big East defensive end Chandler Jones, who was drafted 21st overall by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Prior to Syracuse, Brumbaugh coached the defensive line at Louisiana Tech in 2008 and 2009, helping the Bulldogs to an 8-5 record, including a win in the 2008 Independence Bowl over Northern Illinois. Brumbaugh took over a defensive front that ranked 46th nationally against the rush in 2007 and moved that ranking to 13th at the conclusion of 2008.
Brumbaugh's line was led by D'Anthony Smith, who was a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer. Louisiana Tech earned 27 sacks in 2008, which was the most by a Bulldog team in nearly a decade. Tech also recorded its first shutout since 1996, spanning 148 games.
The native of Keystone Heights, Fla., is not only known for his coaching of defensive fronts, but also his knowledge of strength and conditioning. Brumbaugh served two seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at LSU in 2006 and 2007, helping lead the Tigers to the 2007 national championship. While with the Tigers, Brumbaugh helped produce NFL-ready talent, helping 12 players get drafted, including five first-round picks.
Before his stop at LSU, Brumbaugh got his first coaching role at Jacksonville State as a student assistant, guiding the Gamecocks to the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference championship and a 9-2 record. He spent the 2005 season at Tennessee-Chattanooga as the defensive line coach.
In 2012, Brumbaugh coached at East Mississippi Community College, where he was in charge of the defensive line and the strength and conditioning coordinator. Brumbaugh helped lead the Lions to a top-10 national ranking with an 8-2 record en route to the Missisippi North Division championship. Brumbaugh's defensive line had a solid season, collecting a combined 224 tackles, including 44.5 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks and seven fumbles forced. For the season, the EMCC defense allowed just 74.5 rushing yards per game and only 15.3 points per game.
In just one season, Brumbaugh developed six defensive linemen who signed Division I scholarships, including end Za'Darius Smith at Kentucky. Smith was rated as the nation's No. 1 junior college strongside defensive end prospect by JCGridiron.com.
During his playing days at Auburn, Brumbaugh started 44 of his 48 career games, gathering 291 tackles and 15 sacks as a nose tackle and defensive tackle. Brumbaugh was named Freshman All-SEC in 1995, second-team All-SEC in 1996 and first-team All-SEC in 1997. He helped the Tigers earn the 1997 SEC Western Division championship and play in three bowl games, winning two.
After his collegiate career ended, Brumbaugh signed a free-agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000 although most of his professional playing career was spent in the XFL with the Birmingham Bolts and in arena football with the Georgia Force and Birmingham Steel Dogs.
Brumbaugh graduated from Auburn with a degree in health and human performance. He is married to the former Kelly Jones. They have two sons, Legend and Nash.
Brumbaugh Coaching History
East Mississippi CC
Defensive Line/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator