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.
Kentucky has hired former Cat Anwar Stewart as the new Defensive Line Coach
Final Deal should be done tomorrow
Scoop @ryanlemond does it again
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 9, 2020
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.
NEW: Source tells the Courier Journal Mark Stoops is closing in on a hire to replace Derrick LeBlanc as a defensive line coach. And it's a familiar name https://t.co/vZHS6xrs4g
— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) January 8, 2020
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.