Alabama hires Karl Dunbar as defensive line coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT)- He hinted at it on his Twitter feed earlier in the week, and now it’s official. Karl Dunbar is the new defensive line coach for the Alabama football team, the school announced Thursday.

Dunbar worked with Nick Saban when he was at LSU and spent 11 of the last 12 years in the NFL.

“We have known Karl Dunbar for a long time and he has a lot of experience coaching the defensive line in both the NFL and college,” Saban said. “Karl is very familiar with our program from an organizational standpoint as well as the defensive scheme we run. He is a fantastic football coach who brings a wealth of coaching experience while being a great asset in recruiting.”

During his time in the NFL, Dunbar was a defensive line coach, most recently with the Buffalo Bills in 2015 under head coach Rex Ryan. It was the same position he held the previous three seasons under Ryan with the New York Jets.

“I am really excited to get back into college football and to have a chance to work with such a talented group of student-athletes at The University of Alabama,” Dunbar said. “The program Coach Saban has built at Alabama is second to none, and the opportunity to work for him once again is special. I have a great appreciation for the tradition and history that surrounds Crimson Tide football, and I look forward to doing my part to contribute to this program’s continued success.”

Dunbar played at LSU in college and graduated in 1992. He worked as the team’s strength and conditioning coach from 2000-2001 while Saban was there.

Dunbar also spent time with the Vikings and the Bears in the NFL.

He replaces Bo Davis, who was fired last month for recruiting violations.

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