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Report: Jason Kaufusi to Join UCLA Football Coaching Staff

Chip Kelly finds his replacement for the departing Roy Manning. According to a report, Kaufusi will coach outside linebackers and defensive ends.

Jason Kaufusi looks to be joining Chip Kelly’s staff for next season.
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Last week, we learned that Roy Manning was departing the UCLA Bruins football coaching staff to take a similar position at Oklahoma. Today, we appear to have learned who Chip Kelly has tabbed to fill that position, as Football Scoop is reporting that Nevada defensive line coach Jason Kaufusi will take over the position of outside linebacker and defensive end coach for the Bruins.

Prior to spending the past two years as part of the Wolfpack coaching staff (under former UCLA OC and QB coach Jay Norvell), Kaufusi spent 5 years on staff at Weber State, working his way up from defensive ends coach to defensive coordinator. He also spent 4 years playing for Utah from 2000-2003, where he followed up by coaching high school football in Utah for a number of years.

Nevada Sports Net noted that Kaufusi was instrumental in helping the Wolfpack become much better at stopping the run. Prior to his arrival, Nevada gave up 6.10 yards per rushing attempt, and in 2017 that number was cut to 3.62. The Wolfpack were also very good at creating havoc plays, totaling 103 tackles for loss in 2018, including 35 sacks.

In addition, Kaufusi has a reputation of being an excellent recruiter, which has been a sore spot for the Bruins of late. With linebacker depth already thin and not looking great in the 2019 class, Kaufusi has an opportunity to make some improvements to the class quickly.

Let’s all welcome Jason Kaufusi to Westwood.

Go Bruins!