After a 4-2 finish in Karl Dorrell’s first season, Colorado is reportedly making a change at defensive coordinator.
Adam Rittenberg tweets that Buffs defensive coordinator Tyson Summers has been let go.
Summers joined the Colorado staff while Mel Tucker was still the program’s head coach, and Rittenberg adds that Dorrell wants to bring in his own guy.
Prior to taking the defensive play caller job in Boulder, Summers spent two seasons as the head coach at Georgia Southern, going 5-7 in 2016 before dropping to 0-6 to start the 2017 season before being let go.
He spent the 2019 season in a defensive quality control role under Kirby Smart at Georgia and has prior defensive coordinator experience at Colorado State (2015) and UCF (2012-14).
While the Buffs defense was giving up nearly 32 points per game this past fall, they did excel in some areas including ranking 13th nationally in 3rd-down defense, and 3rd nationally in 4th-down defense.
Bruce Feldman adds that fourth-year head strength coach Drew Wilson, another initial holdover after Tucker’s late season departure for East Lansing, has also been let go.
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Sources: Tyson Summers is out as #Colorado's defensive coordinator. A surprise as Buffs defense excelled and improved in many areas, especially tackles for loss, red zone and third- and fourth-down D. Summers came to CU under Mel Tucker. Hearing Karl Dorrell wants his own guy.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 12, 2021
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 12, 2021