Defensive Coordinator - Linebackers
D.J. Eliot is in his second season serving as the defensive coordinator of Les Miles’ staff at KU. Eliot came to Kansas with 20 years of coaching experience in the collegiate rankings, including the previous six as a defensive coordinator.
In his first season at Kansas, four Jayhawks picked up All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors in defensive lineman Jelani Brown, outside linebacker Azur Kamara, cornerback Hasan Defense and safety Mike Lee, while linebacker Gavin Potter was tabbed honorable mention for Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Eliot’s pedigree includes coaching stops at Florida State, Miami, Colorado and Kentucky, as well as time with proven winners and program builders Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops. Additionally, Eliot is among a select group of defensive thought-leaders that regularly clinic around the principles of the 3-4 defense, including Miles’ former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Eliot spent the 2017-18 seasons as the defensive coordinator at Colorado. His 2018 Buffaloes defense ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in total defense, but was especially good on third downs, ranking third in the league. During his stint at CU, cornerback Isaiah Oliver was selected in the second round (58th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
Eliot joined the Colorado staff from Kentucky, where he was the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for four seasons (2013-16). He helped coach UK to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, the first postseason appearance for Kentucky since 2010.
At his previous two coaching stops, Kentucky and Florida State, he coached eight players who were drafted in the NFL, including two first round picks. Linebacker Bud Dupree was a 2015 first round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first Kentucky first-rounder in 12 years, and defensive end Bjoern Werner from Florida State, who was selected by Indianapolis in 2013.
Overall at Kentucky, he coached 11 Wildcats who earned All-SEC recognition and in three of his four years with the school one of his linebackers recorded over 100 tackles in a season. Avery Williams recorded 102 stops in 2013, Josh Forrest posted 110 in 2014, a figure that ranked No. 3 in the SEC that season, while Jordan Jones had 109 in Eliot’s final year with UK.
At Kentucky, the Wildcats set a new school record for defensive touchdowns scored in a season with six in 2014; UK recorded 23 takeaways that year. UK jumped 45 places in total defense rankings from 2013 to 2014 under Eliot, finishing in the top half of the nation in that statistic. In 2015, UK ranked 28th in the FBS in passing defense by giving up only 198.1 yards per game, And in 2016, sophomore safety Mike Edwards finished the regular season leading all SEC defensive backs in tackles (93) while tying for the team lead in interceptions with three, two coming against No. 11 Louisville and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the Cats’ 41-38 victory.
His presence at Florida State helped lead a revival of FSU’s defense. The year prior to his arrival, the Seminoles ranked 108th in total defense and rushing defense. However, by 2012, FSU ranked second nationally in total defense (254.1 yards per game) and sixth in scoring defense (14.7 points per game).
In his three seasons at Florida State (2010-12), the ‘Noles went 31-10 and he helped FSU tie for the national lead in sacks with 48 his first year there. In his second season FSU limited opponents to just 2.35 yards per carry, which led the nation in that category. His defensive ends on the 2012 team, Werner and Cornellius Carradine, combined for and 31 tackles for losses, including 24 sacks, when FSU finished 12-2. Werner went on to be named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year on his way to earning All-America honors.
In his second of three seasons at Rice (2007-09), he helped the Owls go 10-3 and win the 2008 Texas Bowl, the program’s first bowl win since 1950 and first 10-win season since 1949.
Eliot got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Wyoming, as a graduate assistant in 1999. From there he went to Houston as a graduate assistant for two years before landing in a similar position at Miami for the 2002 season; the Hurricanes went 12-0 and were ranked No. 1 at the end of the regular season before falling 31-24 in double overtime to Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game.
He spent two years in Division I-AA (FCS), coaching the linebackers at Texas State (San Marcos). He helped lead a defensive turnaround (34.8 to 20.3 points per game, as well as 395 to 314 yards allowed). In 2005, the Bobcats went 11-3, reaching the semifinals of the I-AA playoffs.
Eliot lettered at linebacker at Wyoming for coach Dana Dimel and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in natural science in 1999. He earned his master’s degree in education from Houston in 2002.
He grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma, graduating from Edmond Memorial High School, where he lettered in football and basketball. He and his wife, the former Miekel Marsh, have one son, Dawson, and three daughters, Drue, Page, and Reace.
Offensive Coordinator - Quarterbacks
Brent Dearmon was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Oct. 6, after joining Les Miles’ Kansas football staff as a senior offensive consultant in January of 2019.
Dearmon came to KU fresh off a one-year head coaching stint where he produced the nation’s highest-scoring offense at any level in 2018. In his one season leading his alma mater, Bethel University, Dearmon guided the Wildcats to their best season in school history. BU posted a 10-0 regular season mark and a No. 3 ranking, while averaging 540.3 yards and a nation’s best 55.0 points per game, the highest scoring offense not just in NAIA, but in all of college football.
Prior to his time at Bethel, Dearmon spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Division II Arkansas Tech and two seasons as an analyst on Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn.
In his first year at Arkansas Tech, the Wonder Boys produced the biggest offensive turnaround in college football, including a 360% increase in rushing yards from the previous season. Tech’s offense was the second-rated offense in the Great American Conference (GAC), racking up 36.5 points and 458.8 yards per game. During the 2017 season at Tech, Dearmon’s offense racked up 40 points per game which was tops in the GAC.
Dearmon had a quarterback make the all-conference team in each of his three seasons at Arkansas Tech. Tech was ranked in the top four in the league in each of his three seasons calling the offense in rushing offense and several other offensive categories. In 2017, Dearmon’s mentored quarterback, Ty Reasnor, was named a DII Academic All-American.
During his time at Auburn, Dearmon spent the 2013 season as a running backs analyst and the 2014 season as a wide receivers analyst. While Dearmon was at Auburn, the Tigers posted a combined 20-7 record, including an 11-5 mark in SEC play. The 2013 Tigers captured the SEC title en route to an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. Dearmon was at Auburn during “The Miracle in Jordan-Hare” Hail Mary play versus Georgia and the “Kick Six” Field Goal return touchdown versus Alabama.
Dearman began his coaching career at Bethel in 2007, where he served as a student assistant, coaching the defensive backs as the Cats posted an 11-2 record.
After his student assistant stint at Bethel, Dearmon spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Vigor High School in Prichard, Alabama, before taking the reins of the program at B.C. Rain High School for two seasons. Dearmon won a state championship at Vigor in 2008 as his offense averaged 36.0 points per game.
Dearmon started for four years at Bethel, where he re-wrote the school’s record book, while leading the Wildcats to the school’s first conference title, first playoff appearance and first playoff victory. He remains the school’s career and single-season record-holder in passing yards (7,045) and touchdowns (77). He spent time after college playing quarterback in the arena and indoor football leagues.
Special Teams Coordinator - Running Backs
Jonathan Wallace joined Les Miles’ Kansas coaching staff in February of 2020, where he serves as the special teams coordinator and coaches the KU running backs.
Wallace came to Lawrence after spending the 2019 season coaching the tight ends at Air Force and the 2018 season on the staff at Bethel, where he coached under current Jayhawks offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon.
Wallace spent the 2019 campaign at Air Force, helping lead the Falcons to an 11-2 overall mark and a win over Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl. Air Force posted a 7-1 record in the Mountain West, a school record for conference wins, and finished the year in the Top 25 national rankings for the first time since 1998. Wallace’s tight ends were instrumental in blocking for the FBS’ second-ranked rushing offense, while the Falcons led the nation in fewest sacks allowed.
Wallace joined the Academy from Bethel, where he was wide receivers coach and director of football operations in 2018. He and Dearmon led the Wildcats to a 10-1 overall record and a conference championship.
Wallace was an offensive graduate assistant coach at Auburn from 2016-17 working with quarterbacks and wide receivers during the 2017 season. He helped the Tigers to a pair of bowl games and Southeastern Conference championship game appearance in his two seasons on the staff.
Wallace lettered as a quarterback at Auburn from 2012-14 and wide receiver in 2015 during his playing career. He started at quarterback the final four games of his freshman season and set an Auburn record for quarterback efficiency (139.60) Wallace also helped Auburn to the SEC title in 2013 and was part of the national championship run when Auburn finished the season 12-1. He was selected as a team captain in 2015 and earned the Unsung Hero Award. In addition, he was a selected as a member of the All-State Good Works team.
A native of Phenix City, Alabama, Wallace helped lead Central High School to a 12-2 record and the 6A AHSAA semifinals as a senior. He graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s in physical education in 2015 and a master’s in adult education in 2017. He is married to Ashley Kotero, a former Auburn soccer student-athlete and former member of the Mexico national soccer team.
Defensive Run Game Coordinator - Defensive Line
Kwahn Drake is in his second season on Les Miles’ staff at Kansas, serving as the defensive run game coordinator and defensive line coach.
In his first season with the Jayhawks, Drake coached defensive lineman Jelani Brown to All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.
Drake came to KU after spending one season at Colorado, under current KU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, where he was the defensive line coach. In Drake’s lone season in Boulder, he coached defensive tackle Mustafa Johnson, who led the Pac-12 in sacks and ranked third in tackles-for-loss. Johnson finished the season with 73 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 17.5 TFLs. He also led the Buffaloes with 16 quarterback pressures. His 17.5 tackles for loss rank 10th most in CU history and it’s the most by a Colorado player in 25 seasons.
He went to Colorado after serving as the defensive line coach for the 2017 season at Eastern Illinois. On the fast track as a rising star in the profession, EIU head coach Kim Dameron had promoted Drake to co-defensive coordinator following the season.
At EIU, under Drake’s tutelage, David Johnson earned second-team All-OVC honors for two-straight seasons. Under Drake’s tutelage, he finished his senior season with 51 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, which included 3.5 quarterback sacks. He ranked 11th in the OVC in sacks and 12th in TFLs.
Prior to his one-year stint at EIU, Drake spent the 2016 season as an offensive analyst at Memphis under head coach Mike Norvell. The Tigers finished 8-5 and earned an invitation to the Boca Raton Bowl. The offense was the second most-prolific in program history, amassing 6,028 yards of offense and scoring 57 touchdowns and 505 points, all the second-highest numbers in school annals. The Tigers’ 3,957 passing yards and 303 completions both were the third-most for a season in school history, with 34 touchdown passes a school best.
He got his start in coaching in 2008 as a student assistant at his alma mater, Nicholls State, where he assisted with the defensive line and scouting reports. In 2009, he served as the defensive line and special teams coach for St. James (La.) High school, where it finished as the District 8-3A co-champions.
He then moved on New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School as defensive line coach for two years (2011-12). The Purple Knights claimed the District 10-4A championship in 2011 and finished as District 10-5A co-Champions in 2012. He was also the recruiting coordinator and academic advisor, and saw 25 of his players receiving football scholarships at NCAA Division I colleges during his time at St. Augustine.
His first taste in the collegiate coaching ranks came as graduate assistant at Tulane in 2012; he was named the full-time defensive line coach for the 2014-15 seasons, the latter of which saw his players help Tulane rank 12th in the FBS in tackles for a loss per game. In 2012, Drake assisted the Green Wave defensive unit that ranked 22nd in the nation in total defense (352.1), 17th against the rush (123.7) and 18th in scoring (21.4).
He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in computer information systems from Nicholls State in 2009. He earned his master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Tulane in 2013.
A New Orleans native, he graduated from Destrehan (La.) High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track.
Recruiting Coordinator - Tight Ends
Joshua Eargle is in his first season as tight ends coach and also serves as the Jayhawks’ recruiting coordinator on Les Miles’ Kansas staff. Eargle is in his second year on the KU staff as he was a senior offensive consultant for the Jayhawks in 2019.
Prior joining the Kansas staff, Eargle spent the previous three seasons at Austin Peay in a variety of roles, including interim head coach, offensive coordinator, run game coordinator and offensive line coach. Prior to the 2017 season, Austin Peay went from having just one win in four years to finishing with an 8-4 mark, including an 8-1 record in FCS competition.
In 2018, Eargle took over the reins of the offense after the second game of the year. In his first game as offensive coordinator for APSU, Eargle’s offense set the Ohio Valley Conference record for most points scored against a Division I opponent in a 78-40 victory over Morehead State.
For the 2018 season, the Govs set school records in yards per game (419.0), points scored (340), touchdowns scored (47), points per game (30.9) yards per play (6.19) and yards per rush (5.39). Eargle’s offensive line finished top ten nationally and led the conference, allowing only nine sacks on the season. Under his tutelage, Kentell Williams earned First-Team All-OVC recognition and Third Team All-America honors, and offensive linemen Byron Glass and Ethan Self were named Second-Team All-OVC.
Additionally, two of Eargle’s pupils, left tackle Kyle Anderton and left guard Ryan Rockensuess, were named Second-Team All-OVC at the end of the 2017 season for their work in paving the top rushing attack in school history.
The Texas native started his coaching career at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. In his first year as a graduate assistant, he was a part of the Conference USA Championship with a perfect 8-0 record. The Golden Eagles earned a bowl bid to the AXA Liberty Bowl that season and notched a win in the GMAC Bowl the following year.
Eargle became the offensive line Coach at Ouachita Baptist in 2005 before returning to Southern Mississippi as an assistant offensive line coach. Upon his return to Southern Miss in 2006, the team won the Conference USA East title and the New Orleans Bowl.
Eargle was at Nicholls State for the 2007-08 seasons, serving as the recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach, before taking a quality control position at LSU under Miles in 2009. During his lone season at LSU, the Tigers were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country, and played in the Capital One Bowl.
Eargle spent the 2010 season as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas-Monticello and then was the defensive coordinator at Hallsville (Texas) High School in 2011 and the defensive coordinator at Southeastern Oklahoma State in 2012.
Eargle was named head football coach at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas in 2013. He turned around a struggling program to win the American Southwest Conference Championship in his third season. He led ETBU to a 7-3 record with a 4-1 mark in the ASC and the program’s first national ranking since 2004. Eargle was named the ASC Coach of the Year in 2015, and produced five All-Americans and 30 all-conference players, including quarterback Josh Warbington and running back Kendall Roberson who posted back-to-back All-American campaigns in 2014-15.
A 2001 Memphis graduate, Eargle won the inaugural Top Tiger Award, presented to the player who battled back from adversity or overcame difficult circumstances to return to the field. He earned his Master’s in sports administration from Southern Miss in 2004. His wife, Kristen, founded and hosts a national podcast, Coach’s Wife Life. The Eargles have three children—Kourtney, Landrey and Stallings.
The Eargles founded the Ruler of Hope foundation, whose mission is to provide support and research to medically fragile children. Following the 2018 season, Eargle won the Rare Disease Champion Award presented by Uplifting Athletes for his work in raising awareness for his young daughter Landrey’s fight against life-threatening illnesses.
Passing Game Coordinator - Wide Receivers
Emmett Jones is in his second season on head coach Les Miles’ staff at Kansas, and was promoted to passing game coordinator following the 2019 season. Jones, who mentors the Jayhawks wide receivers, had a strong first season in the Crimson and Blue as he coached Andrew Parchment and Stephon Robinson Jr., to all-conference honors. Additionally, Parchment was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week following his outing against West Virginia and Robinson was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll after his play against Texas Tech.
Jones came to Kansas after spending three seasons as outside receivers coach on Kliff Kingsbury’s staff at Texas Tech. He was promoted to the position immediately following the 2015 season. Jones, who previously served as Tech’s Director of Player Development in 2015, saw his unit find immediate success during the 2016 campaign as the Red Raiders led the country in total offense (566.6 yards per game) as well as passing offense (463.0 yards per game). Tech averaged 43.7 points per game – its third-highest mark in school history – which ranked fifth nationally among FBS programs.
Under Jones’ direction, Tech’s outside receivers accounted for 1,835 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, which were led by Dylan Cantrell, who finished with 650 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. Cantrell wrapped his career with 1,873 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns, the majority of which came during his final two seasons under Jones.
Cantrell and fellow receiver Keke Coutee both heard their names called during the 2018 NFL Draft as Cantrell was selected in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Chargers. Fellow outside receiver Derrick Willies also received an opportunity at the next level as he signed a free agent agreement with the Cleveland Browns shortly after the draft.
T.J. Vasher developed into a significant deep threat under Jones after catching 29 passes for 545 yards and six touchdowns as only a redshirt freshman in 2017. Vasher turned in two 100-yard performances during Big 12 play as he recorded all but two of his receptions during the final eight games of the year. He averaged 18.8 yards per catch overall, which ranked 22nd nationally at the end of the season.
In 2018 Jones coached Antoine Wesley, who was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, All-Big 12 First Team by the Associated Press and All-Big 12 Second Team by the league coaches and a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
Wesley was among the FBS leaders in 2018 in almost every receiving category after hauling in 88 passes for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns. He ranks second nationally in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (117.5) as well as eighth in receptions per game (7.3). He was the Big 12 leader in all three categories. Wesley’s 1,410 receiving yards ranks third all-time in Texas Tech history.
Jones arrived in Lubbock to oversee Tech’s player development in February 2015. In his one year in that role, Jones served as a mentor for the Red Raider offense and was also instrumental in Tech’s on-campus recruiting activities.
Jones came to Tech following three seasons as the head coach at South Oak Cliff, one of the top high school programs in the state of Texas. The Golden Bears were a combined 30-8 under Jones, advancing deep in the Class 4A and 5A playoffs over all three seasons. In addition, South Oak Cliff was a hotbed for talent and annually produced several players who signed with Division-I programs, including five players who signed in 2014.
South Oak Cliff was the first head coaching position for Jones after making several stops as an assistant in the Dallas area. Jones previously spent seven seasons at nearby Dallas Skyline High School prior to his arrival at South Oak Cliff. He began his tenure at Skyline as wide receivers coach before later being promoted to offensive coordinator.
Jones, who was a walk-on at Texas Tech during the mid-1990s, began his coaching career at his alma mater Seagoville High School from 2001-04. He later joined the Dallas Lincoln staff for one year before heading to Dallas Skyline.
Jones graduated from North Texas in 1999. He and his wife, Marlo, have two children, Emily and Emmett.
Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs
Chevis Jackson is in his second season on Les Miles’ staff at Kansas, coaching the KU defensive backs. Jackson made an immediate impact upon arriving in Lawrence, guiding Hasan Defense and Mike Lee to All-Big 12 honors in his first season with the Jayhawks.
Jackson joins the KU staff after spending three seasons as a defensive backs coach at Ball State. While at Ball State, Jackson was named the 2017 Mid-American Conference Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports.com, serving as the lead recruiter for the Cardinals while also coaching the defensive backs.
Prior to his stint at Ball State, Jackson spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, LSU, working on Miles’ staff that guided the Tigers to a 9-3 mark and a final national ranking of No. 16.
During the 2013-14 seasons, Jackson worked as a defensive graduate assistant at South Alabama, where he helped the Jaguars earn a bowl bid for the first time in program history, a bid to the 2014 Camellia Bowl. South Alabama’s defense ranked second in the Sun Belt in both scoring defense and total defense in 2013.
Jackson was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at cornerback for Miles at LSU. During his time with the program, the Tigers made two SEC Championship game appearances, winning the title in 2007. Jackson recorded two tackles and returned an interception 34 yards in helping lead LSU to a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the 2008 BCS National Championship game.
An All-SEC First Team honoree in 2007, Jackson was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for four seasons with five different teams – Atlanta, Jacksonville, New England, Denver and Carolina.
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line
Luke Meadows is in his second season on Les Miles’ Kansas staff, serving as the offensive line coach. Meadows, who is now in his 23rd season of college football coaching, mentored KU offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji to All-Big 12 First Team honors in his first season with the Jayhawks.
At Southern Miss for the 2014-15 seasons, Meadows was a part of a big offensive upswing, helping the offense improve from 17.9 points per game to 39.9, and seeing the rushing offense jump from 72.9 to 179.8 yards per game (leading the league in 2015), and the total offense improved from 315.5 to 509.5 yards per game. In 2015, USM became the second team in NCAA history to have a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver, and two 1,000-yard rushers. In addition, USM had one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, leading all schools with plays of 20+ yards (109) and second in plays of 30+ yards (54).
During his career, Meadows has coached one Academic All-American, five All-Americans, 25 all-conference, 21 academic all-conference, and two all-newcomer awards at the offensive line position. In addition, he has coached 16 players who have been drafted or signed as free agents in the NFL.
Meadows arrived in Lawrence after spending the 2017-18 seasons at Eastern Michigan where he served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Meadows overhauled the Eastern Michigan offensive line in 2017 to rank second in the MAC and 28th nationally in the fewest sacks allowed. EMU’s offense ranked third in the MAC in passing offense at 257.3 yards per game. The line also gelled down the stretch in the rushing attack, as EMU racked up 815 yards on the ground over the final four games, which included four 100-yard rushers.
Under Meadows’ tutelage, Jimmy Leatiota earned Second Team All-MAC honors is also a candidate for the Outland Trophy.
Meadows was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national champion Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas. The Broncbusters steamrolled through their 2016 schedule en route to an 11-0 record by outscoring the opposition by an average of 19 points per game. The program captured its first Jayhawk Conference title since 2001 and finished off the program’s first-ever perfect season with a 25-22 victory over Arizona Western College in the NJCAA Football Championship Game. Overall, the offense racked up 194.8 yards and 15.7 first downs per game on the ground.
Meadows joined the Broncbuster staff after serving two years as the offensive line coach, with Lindsey serving as offensive coordinator, at Southern Miss. He arrived after a 1-11 season and he and Lindsey combined to help the Golden Eagles make a major jump to 9-5 in 2015, while winning the Conference USA West Division title.
Prior to his time at Southern Miss, Meadows with a wealth of experience after spending two seasons (2012-13) at Florida Atlantic University, where he was elevated to offensive coordinator midway through the 2013 campaign.
Before joining the staff at FAU, Meadows worked at South Dakota State for 10 years, serving as an offensive line coach from 2002-05 before being promoted to assistant head coach/offensive coordinator (2006-11). He was the longest-tenured assistant on John Stiegelemeier’s SDSU coaching staff for 10 seasons, six as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
In that time, four players earned All-American honors, one academic honor, 19 selected all-conference and 16 received academic all-conference recognition, while two all-newcomers were awarded to his offensive linemen.
A Hot Springs, South Dakota, native, Meadows began his coaching career as an undergraduate student at SDSU. After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1999, he continued as a graduate assistant with the Jackrabbits during the 1999-00 seasons, coaching the running backs, including Jackrabbit career rushing leader and All-American Josh Ranek.
In 2005, Meadows coached an offensive line that helped pave the way for the leading rushing attack in the Great West Football Conference, averaging 227.4 yards per game. During Meadows’ time on staff, the Jackrabbits posted four of the top 10 single-season rushing totals in school history and five of the top 10 single game rushing performances. In addition, SDSU recorded four of the top-10 scoring averages in the program’s history, including 35.6 points per game in 2008. The 2008 squad also set an SDSU single-season record with 427 points in 12 games, scoring 40 or more points in a game six times.
With Meadows on the coaching staff, SDSU established 11 team single-game and single-season offensive records, including rolling up 689 yards of total offense in the 2005 Hobo Day victory over Missouri-Rolla. Jackrabbit players he coached also established 30 new individual school records during his tenure. Under Meadows’ guidance, Jackrabbit offensive linemen combined for seven First-Team All-Conference selections, 10 Second-Team selections, and a pair of All-Americans. Mitch Erickson, who ended his collegiate career in 2007 with his third straight First-Team All-Great West Football Conference selection, was nearly a consensus All-America pick within the Division I Football Championship Subdivision as a senior. Likewise, center Ryan McKnight earned multiple All-America honors during his senior season in 2010, including First-Team recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Also during the 2010 season, the Jackrabbit offensive line ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision, yielding only six sacks the entire campaign. Erickson signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos and later spent time with the Seattle Seahawks. Casey Knips and Casey Bender, both starters on the Jackrabbits’ 2009 FCS playoff team, received invitations to NFL camps in 2010 with the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns, respectively.
After working as a graduate assistant for South Dakota State (1999-00), Meadows spent a season as offensive line coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Meadows and his wife Rochelle have three children, Daulton, Addyson and Maclane.
Assistant Coach - Safeties
Jordan Peterson was announced as an assistant coach for the Kansas Jayhawks on January 11, 2020, coaching the Jayhawk safeties on head coach Les Miles’ staff.
Over his 10-year coaching career, Peterson has coached in five bowl games, including an appearance in the 2011 Cotton Bowl.
Peterson arrives at Kansas after serving as the defensive coordinator/safeties coach at New Mexico in 2019, where he oversaw the entire defense and held all duties associated with mentoring the Lobos’ safeties. Peterson was hired to coach the New Mexico safeties in 2017, before being promoted to defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2019.
In his first two seasons at New Mexico, Peterson guided the safeties unit to lead the team in tackles, with Jake Rothschiller and Stanley Barnwell Jr., recording 76 tackles in 2018.
Prior to his time at New Mexico, Peterson coached at Fresno State for five seasons, from 2012-16, helping the Bulldogs to three consecutive bowl games and a 2014 Mountain West Championship game appearance and a 2013 Mountain West title. He served a variety of positions with Fresno State, coaching both the secondary and outside linebackers. He also has served as recruiting coordinator and a special teams coach.
Peterson excelled in his role of secondary coach at Fresno State, coaching that position in 2012 when Fresno State went 9-4 and ranked second nationally in pass defense and fourth in pass efficiency defense. He also mentored safety Phillip Thomas to Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012.
Peterson got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M in 2010 and 2011. That followed a four-year playing career with the Aggies, where he made 81 tackles and broke up 15 passes. He also forced two fumbles, recovered one fumble and picked off four passes. He returned one of those passes 48 yards for a touchdown against New Mexico. He was a two-time All-Big 12 Academic First Team selection, and he was a CoSIDA Academic All-Region selection in 2008.
Peterson received his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Texas A&M in 2009 along with his master’s in education curriculum and instruction in 2010. He graduated from Lexington High School in Central Texas, where he earned first-team all-state honors as a defensive back and honorable mention honors as a quarterback his senior year. He was named Texas Prep Xtra Central Texas MVP.
He and his wife Missy have three daughters, Ellie, Emory and Everly.
Assistant Coach - Outside Linebackers
Chidera Uzo-Diribe was promoted to outside linebackers coach by Kansas head coach Les Miles in January 2020, after serving as quality control working with the Kansas defense during the 2019 season.
Prior to joining the KU staff, Uzo-Diribe spent three years as a defensive graduate assistant working with the outside linebackers and defensive line from 2016-18 at the University of Colorado.
Uzo-Diribe participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship program in the summer of 2018 with the San Francisco 49ers. The program was initially created by Walsh as a way to get minority coaches more opportunities to learn, coupled with greater exposure to job opportunities.
Uzo-Diribe was a four-year letterman at defensive end for the Buffaloes, and graduated from Colorado in December 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. He finished his career tied for sixth in quarterback sacks (20, tied for 17th in tackles for loss (31) and second in forced fumbles (10); his percentage of solo tackles (99) to overall tackles (118), or 83.9 percent, is the highest in CU history. He was second in the nation in forced fumbles with five, and he also batted down four passes in 739 snaps of action in 2013. He was one of 27 players on the final watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end of the year, and was one of 76 players on the official preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award during his senior season.
He signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in 2015, and was one of the last to be waived during their training camp.
A native of Long Beach, California, Uzo-Diribe graduated from Corona High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track and field.