Texas has reportedly hired Stan Drayton to be its running backs coach as new head coach Tom Herman continues to fill his staff.
New Texas head coach Tom Herman is in the middle of filling his coaching staff as he gets settled in Austin. He has reportedly gone and found his new running back coach from the NFL in Chicago Bears’ assistant Stan Drayton, per HornsDigest.
The two men have worked together before, at Ohio State. Drayton served as the assistant head coach on offense and running backs coach at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2011-14, while Herman was the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator for three years starting in 2012.
Drayton brings a history of coaching and mentoring some solid running backs, including Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State and Jordan Howard, who in his rookie season with the Bears this season rushed for 1,313 yards and six touchdowns while also making 29 receptions for 298 yards and score.
His first duty for the Longhorns will be to find a replacement for All-American D’Onta Foreman, who led the nation by rushing for 184.36 yards per game and found the end zone 15 times. Foreman was one the few bright spots for a Texas team that struggled to a 5-7 record, leading to the dismissal of head coach Charlie Strong after the season.
Chris Warren, who injured his knee in October and missed the rest of the season, will look to fill Foreman’s shoes along with Kyle Porter, who rushed for 206 yards in his rookie season.