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Utah Football Names Luther Elliss Defensive Tackles Coach

Jan 19, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah Football head coach Kyle Whittingham announced the hiring of former Ute All-American Luther Elliss as the defensive tackles coach today, continuing the trend of bringing top coaching talent back to Salt Lake City.

Elliss has spent the last five seasons at the University of Idaho as the defensive line coach. In the fall of 2021, he saw the defensive unit finish the year ranked 16th in the FCS in sacks per game (2.82) with two of his defensive linemen earning All-Big Sky honors (Charles Akanno, Noah Elliss).

During the spring of 2021, Elliss led both Jonah Kim and Rahsaan Crawford to All-Big Sky selections with the Vandal front seven helping Idaho to lead the conference in rushing defense. The Vandal defense finished the spring ranked in the top 25 in the FCS in rushing defense, tackles for loss red zone defense.

In his first season with Idaho in 2017, he led two all-conference selections on the defensive line (Aikeem Coleman, Arie Anderson) with the Vandals ranking in the top-five in the Big Sky in tackles for loss, fumbles recovered, scoring defense, total defense and sacks. Elliss also saw the Vandals rack up 21 sacks in 2018, his second year on staff.

Elliss, a native of Mancos, Colo., was a consensus All-American and WAC Defensive Player of the Year at Utah in 1994, also earning three all-conference selections during his time in Salt Lake City. He was selected 20th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft, starring for the Detroit Lions for nine seasons.

During his career in the NFL, he started 119 of 134 regular-season games and had 331 tackles and 29 sacks. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1999 and 2000.

He and his wife, Rebecca, have 12 children – seven of whom are adopted.