ATLANTA — Georgia defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Mel Tucker is anticipated to be named Colorado’s next head coach after the Bulldogs play in the SEC championship sport Saturday, sources told ESPN’s Chris Low.

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Tucker, 46, is in his third season with the Bulldogs, after following coach Kirby Lustrous to Georgia from Alabama. He helped impart a protection that ranked No. 6 in the FBS in both scoring and total protection final season, when the Bulldogs received an SEC title and reached the College Football Playoff championship sport.

Tucker and Lustrous couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday morning. The No. four Bulldogs play No. 1 Alabama in the SEC title sport at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday.

Sources beforehand told ESPN that Tucker become rising from a neighborhood of candidates that integrated Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake.

Tennessee head-educating job final year that in the waste went to Jeremy Pruitt.

Tucker, a native of Cleveland, has never been a college head coach. He went 2-three because the Jacksonville Jaguars’ meantime coach in 2011. He also has labored as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, and as an assistant at Ohio Snort, LSU and Miami (Ohio).

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg contributed to this file.