The University of Kentucky football team fell to Mississippi State 28-22 on Thursday, October 25, 2013
The 2015 National Football League Draft was an exciting time for Kentucky defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, who saw two of his proteges selected. End/OLB Alvin “Bud” Dupree was taken in the first round by Pittsburgh Steelers. End Za’Darius Smith was tabbed in Round 4 by the Baltimore Ravens.
Dupree had earned All-Southeastern Conference honors the last two years, including first-team honors as a senior, and finished his career No. 2 on the UK career sack list.
A former All-SEC player himself, Brumbaugh has had three players earn the honor during his two years at Kentucky as Smith and tackle Donte Rumph also were chosen in 2013.
For the coming season, Brumbaugh begins the rebuilding process with one returning starter, nose guard Melvin Lewis, and several additional lettermen.
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, where he coached defensive tackles in 2011 and the defensive line in 2010. Brumbaugh helped guide the team to an 8-5 record his first season and a victory over Kansas State in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
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.
In addition to coaching, the native of Keystone Heights, Fla., also has experience in strength and conditioning. Brumbaugh served two seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at LSU in 2006 and 2007, helping the Tigers to the 2007 national championship. While with LSU, Brumbaugh helped produce 12 NFL draft selections, including five first-round picks.
Brumbaugh got his first coaching role at Jacksonville State as a student assistant as the Gamecocks won 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 was 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 and the Missisippi North Division championship. Brumbaugh’s defensive line combined for 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