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Ex-Kentucky, Utah State staffer joins UNM football

Dillon Sanders, who has spent the last three seasons at the University of Kentucky, will join the University of New Mexico football staff.

Sanders worked as a quality control assistant and as a graduate assistant with Kentucky’s linebackers.

Dillon Sanders, new assistant coach for University of New Mexico football (UNM photo)

UNM hasn’t finalized his specific assignment yet, and Dan Carrel is already on staff as Lobo linebackers coach. But UNM divided coaching duties between the inside linebackers and rush/outside linebackers last year, and it’s possible Sanders could fill one of those positions.

At Kentucky, Sanders had occasion to work with Josh Allen, the 2018 Chuck Bednarik Award winner as the nation’s top defensive player and the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by Jacksonville.

Sanders has an undergraduate degree from Northern Colorado and masters from Utah State (2013-15), and he worked as a graduate assistant in both spots.

“Dillon is a talented coach who fits in well with our defensive staff,” UNM head coach Bob Davie said. “He has been involved with some great defenses and has experience in the Mountain West. He is a great addition to our staff.”

Sanders also spent five seasons with the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League.

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