Less than a week after it was reported Kentucky Wildcats, defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc was leaving for Arkansas, it appears Mark Stoops has his replacement.

Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that former UK player Anwar Stewart is the “favorite” to replace Leblanc as defensive line coach.

Stewart played for the Wildcats from 1996-1999. His most memorable moment came in 1997 when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against Alabama to help give the Wildcats their first win over the Tide since 1922.

After his college playing carer, he went North to play in the Canadian Football league for both the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeder.

Immediately after his playing carer ended in 2013; he joined the Alouettes coaching staff, where he’d spend three seasons. From 2017-2018 Stewart worked under Stoops at UK as an assistant while he finished his degree at the University.

His most recent stop was Appalachian State, where he served as the defensive line coach for a Mountaineers team that went 13-1 and won the Sun Belt Conference.

Stewart will inherent a Kentucky defensive line loaded with talent with players such as Quinton Bohanna and Marquan McCall set to lead the charge.

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