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Report: Nevada assistant Jason Kaufusi headed to UCLA

Jason Kaufusi
Jason Kaufusi is expected to leave Nevada for UCLA. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Nevada football could be losing an assistant coach.

Jason Kaufusi, the Wolf Pack's defensive line coach the last two seasons, is expected to join Chip Kelly's staff at UCLA, per a report at FootballScoop.com.

Kaufusi came to Nevada after a stint as Weber State's defensive coordinator. He is expected to be UCLA's defensive ends and outside linebackers coach, per FootballScoop. Kaufusi also has spent time on the staffs at BYU and Utah, where he was a two-time All-Mountain West first-team defensive end as a player.

Kaufusi helped the Wolf Pack make a vast improvement in run defense during his two seasons on staff. Nevada ranked last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game prior to head coach Jay Norvell taking over in advance of the 2017 season. The Wolf Pack cut its yards allowed per rush from 6.10 in 2016 to 3.62 in 2018.

This season, Nevada ranked 27th in the nation with 35 sacks, which ranked second in the MW. The Wolf Pack's MW-high 103 tackles for loss ranked 11th in the nation. Kaufusi coached two All-MW first-team defensive linemen at Nevada: Malik Reed in 2017 and Korey Rush in 2018.

Kaufusi would replace Roy Manning, who left UCLA for Oklahoma this offseason. Manning made $350,000 last season; Kaufusi made $106,090.

The move would come one year after Nevada took a member of UCLA's assistant staff when it landed Angus McClure as offensive line coach and assistant head coach.

Kaufusi and Norvell did not immediately return messages left on their cell phones.

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