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Report: DB coach Daronte Jones to leave Wisconsin for NFL, Miami Dolphins

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According to a report, UW may be losing a key assistant and recruiter.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers appear to be losing another defensive assistant.

Per a report from ESPN's Adam Caplan on Tuesday afternoon, defensive backs coach Daronte' Jones will leave UW to become the assistant defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.

Jones only coached one year in Madison when head coach Paul Chryst hired him in January of last year, but helped guide a secondary that limited opponents to 173.2 yards per game in 2015 -- seventh best in the FBS. Safety Tanner McEvoy led the team in interceptions with six, while mentoring cornerbacks Darius Hillary and Sojourn Shelton, who locked down receivers on the outside.

Along with guiding players on the field, he was a key recruiter -- as he helped establish and lock down commitments from 2016 defensive backs from Maryland in Eric Burrell and Patrick Johnson.

Prior to his arrival at Wisconsin, Jones coached defensive backs for three seasons at Hawaii, earning the title of assistant head coach for the 2014 season.

If the report holds true, Jones will join former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as departing Wisconsin defensive assistants. Aranda left UW for the LSU Tigers in early January.

The Miami Dolphins have not confirmed the hiring of Jones as of the time of publishing.