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SOURCE: Kentucky has hired Anwar Stewart as defensive line coach

Just five days after losing Derrick LeBlanc to Arkansas, the Kentucky football program has found its replacement to lead the defensive line moving forward.

According to KSR’s own Matt Jones, Kentucky has hired former UK player and member of Mark Stoops’ staff Anwar Stewart as the team’s defensive line coach, with a deal expected to be announced tomorrow.

On Friday, Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond was the first to break the news that LeBlanc was leaving Kentucky for Arkansas. Just a day later, Lemond shared the scoop that Stewart was among the early candidates to land the job.

This afternoon, Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal reported that Kentucky was “closing in” on Stewart to replace LeBlanc.

Now, it looks like an official announcement will come on Thursday.

Stewart spent last season as the defensive line coach at Appalachian State. Prior to that, he was on Kentucky’s staff during the 2017 and 2018 seasons while finishing his degree, working with LeBlanc and the defensive line. He played defensive end for Kentucky from 1996-99, serving as team captain in his final season before playing in the Canadian Football League for 13 years and coaching as an assistant for an additional three.

Now, after his brief stint at ASU, Stewart is headed back to Lexington to take over the Kentucky defensive line.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for SOURCE: Kentucky has hired Anwar Stewart as defensive line coach

  1. bbn606
    7:51 am January 9, 2020 Permalink

    It’s always good to have former players on staff. No one can sell the school like them unless you are the Big Dog Vince Marrow!

  2. 1stkatman
    8:54 am January 9, 2020 Permalink

    I loved that Anwar’s game when he was at UK. I think being on this staff in his current state of progress will help him develop as a coach and help UK stay on track up front on defense. I just want to see him gain the recruiting enthusiasm that our coaches have made into a cultural ideology here.

  3. notFromhere
    9:50 am January 9, 2020 Permalink

    Love Ryan, but he didn’t break the news or scoop anyone on this, like he frequently does. Also, Stewart is already here in Lexington, not on his way.

    Congratulations to Anwar Stewart! Looks like he can still play, too! This is a good choice for our staff

  4. timer2
    2:31 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

    Didn’t he score a defensive touchdown to lead us to a home victory against Alabama? He blocked a field goal as I recall….