It marks the second time in less than a year that Durkin has hired away a Kentucky assistant to fill a hole on his staff. After Scott Shafer abruptly stepped down as Maryland’s defensive coordinator last spring, Durkin hired former Kentucky special teams coordinator Andy Buh to run his defense. Brumbaugh will also serve as Maryland’s co-defensive coordinator, 247sports.com has reported. A Maryland spokesman had not confirmed Brumbaugh’s hiring as of Sunday night.
Brumbaugh, a former star nose tackle at Auburn, has gradually established himself as one of the top defensive line coaches in the country over the past decade. Among his stops, Brumbaugh has served as an assistant at LSU, Louisiana Tech and Syracuse. While serving as defensive line coach at Kentucky, he helped develop two 2015 NFL draft picks in Alvin Dupree, a first round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Za’Darius Smith, who was nabbed in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens.