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Getting to know D.J. Eliot


“DJ like the club, Eliot like TS”

There are reports out tonight that D.J. Eliot has accepted Mark Stoops’ offer to be Kentucky’s defensive coordinator. Let’s take a minute to get to know the coach they call “D.J.”:

DARIN “DJ” ELIOT

Birthdate: August 14, 1976

Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma

Family: wife, Miekel; son, Dawson; daughters, Drue and Page

Played college at: Wyoming (Class of ’99)

Coaching history:

1998-1999: Wyoming (Student assistant, Graduate assistant)
2000-2001: Houston (Graduate assistant)
2002: Miami (Graduate assistant)
2003: Texas State (Defensive Backs Coach)
2004-2005: Texas State (Linebackers Coach)
2006: Tulsa (Linebackers Coach)
2007-2009: Rice (Recruiting Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach)
2010-2012: Florida State (Defensive Ends Coach)

What got him the job:

Eliot was on Stoops’ defensive staff at Florida State, so naturally the two share many defensive philosophies. They worked together at Miami while Eliot was a graduate assistant and Stoops the secondary coach, and the two formed a good relationship. So good that when Stoops got the Defensive Coordinator job at Florida State in 2010, he recommended Eliot, who was currently the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach at Rice.

Eliot played a key role in turning FSU’s defense from being one of the worst units in the country to one of the best. Under his tutelage, Florida State’s Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine became one of the top defensive end trios in 2011, combining for 20.5 sacks, 31 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hurries and nine pass breakups. Last season, the Noles ranked among the top 10 national leaders in both sacks and tackles for loss, and Eliot’s defensive ends accounted for 51 percent of the team’s sacks and 36 percent of the tackles for loss.

At only 36, Eliot is considered a rising star in the business with excellent recruiting skills. At Rice, he was able to bring in considerable talent despite the schools’ strict academic requirements. In 2008, he developed two true freshman ends, Scott Solomon and Cheta Ozougwu, that combined for 124 tackles to lead all C-USA defensive lineman. They also combined for 24 tackles-for-loss and 11 sacks to help Rice to a 10-win season.

In his own words:

Go check out Eliot’s introductory press conference at Florida State back in 2010 here.

Twitter profile: @CoachEliot

Eliot can’t compare to his former coworker James Coley when it comes to Twitter, but like Coley, he loves all-caps, multiple exclamation marks, and intense thoughts. Here are just a few:

(Accidental tweet?)

Fun Fact: His major at Wyoming was natural science and his minor was zoology. He is also easy on the eyes. Rarrrgh.

Welcome aboard, DJ.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

17 Comments for Getting to know D.J. Eliot



  1. lawnorder
    8:06 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Leaving the NOLES? Gotta be Tubby’s fault! That damn Tubby!



  2. Joe
    8:38 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    *ooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh* He can’t recruit and anyway we’re Kentucky, no one wants to come here, and Florida scored on them so his defense is stinky…we are doomed. Might as well just shut down football. And don’t get me started on Men’s Basketball…and I foresee terrible times in Womyn’s Hoops, too.

    -Eeyore.



  3. PleaseKSR
    8:43 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Can you please block the Tubby poster. It was dunby the first time but lost its luster 100 posts ago. Yeah I know why he keeps doing it but it doesn’t matter, no one cares, it accomplishes nothing.



  4. PleaseKSR
    8:43 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Dunby? Funny…wth?



  5. legal dept
    8:44 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Working on Neal Browns offer and contract…almost done



  6. WHATTTTTTTTTTT
    8:44 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Shut up Joe!!!Please dont come to the games next year! As for me Ill be in the same seats Ive been in for the last 10 years sec 119 row 20 seats 1-2.Go Big Blue!!!



  7. Joe
    8:54 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Shut up Joe!!!Please dont come to the games next year! As for me Ill be in the same seats Ive been in for the last 10 years sec 119 row 20 seats 1-2.Go Big Blue!!!

    Oooooh you are just a glutton for punishment I guess, but you might as well go face the tremendous absurdity and ennui that is the condition humaine at CWS, as at the the coffee shop, I guess.

    And get your sarcasm meter fixed too….or did you miss the Womyn’s Hoops, which might have been a dead give-away I was merely poking fun at the Gloomy Gus’ on this board.

    I think with some luck and hard work, and 7-10 years UK COULD compete for the SEC Championship….so I think we’re busting 8 games next year, no. But some folks just seem to have given up and become Eeyores. Hence the “Eeyore” at the end of the posting.



  8. joe
    8:57 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    after about three games, the redneck, inbred football fans, that know nothing about football, we be calling for his head. ky football fans are the LEAST knowledgable football fans in the country



  9. Eldooderino
    8:57 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I wasn’t aware Wyoming had a football team.



  10. Joe
    9:08 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    To all the Joes out there. Please learn to spell before you call someone a stupid redneck.
    I mean, really. It’s “KNOWLEDGEABLE”. See how dumb you look when you call
    people inbred rednecks but can’t even spell correctly yourself? LONG LIVE THE
    STUPID INBRED REDNECKS! CATS CATS CATS!!!



  11. Gocats
    9:09 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Is there any way to relisten to the stoops call in show?



  12. lawnorder
    9:09 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I bet TUBBY could spell “knowledgeable”.



  13. SeaCat
    9:11 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler ‘easy eyes’ you are married,
    i hope Mr Wonderful does not read
    your posts, carefully…
    Rarrrgh!



  14. joe
    9:50 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    10. its the STUPID INBRED REDNECKS that make ky a laughing stock in the countrys eyes



  15. wow
    9:57 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Hughes of uofl site is saying strong to ut by wednesday. also, saying Petrino could be back.



  16. dave
    10:23 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    15-doubtful, esp when u threw in petrino rumor. ppl wouldve believed you without that.



  17. Wet Pistol
    8:27 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    tyler thompson please marry me