Utah All-American Luther Elliss named Utes defensive tackles coach

Idaho Vandals defensive line coach Luther Elliss rallies his defense during the second half against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on October 28, 2017 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. Idaho won the game 31-23. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY –Utah Utes head football coach Kyle Whittingham announced he has hired former All-American Luther Elliss as his defensive tackles coach.

Luther Elliss joins Utah’s coaching staff after spending five seasons at the University of Idaho as a defensive line coach. In 2021, the Vandals defensive line was No. 16 in FCS in sacks per game at 2.82. Two of its players have won All-Big Sky honors, including Charles Akanno and Noah Elliss.

During his playing career at Utah, Elliss was an All-American and WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. He was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 20th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft Elliss spent nine seasons with the Lions.

In 134 games played, Elliss had 331 tackles and 29 sacks, while earning Pro Bowl appearances in 1999 and 2000. His son Jonah is a defensive end for the Utes.

Elliss completes coaching hires for Utah. Kiel McDonald left for USC and Sione Po’uha retired to spend more time with his family. Whittingham hired Quinton Ganther to replace McDonald, leaving Elliss the last offseason hire.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, co-host of the Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.

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