Maryland football’s running backs coach Anthony Tucker is headed to UCF, Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel is reporting.
Sources: Maryland RB coach Anthony Tucker is leaving for UCF.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 23, 2017
Tucker came to Maryland with Walt Bell from Arkansas State ahead of the 2016 season. Under his coaching, Ty Johnson set the single-season Maryland record for yards per carry with 9.3. That record stood since the unclaimed National Championship season of 1951, when Ed Modzelewski ran for 7.38 yards per carry. His 1,004 rushing yards made him the ninth Terp to reach the 1,000 yard milestone, and first since Da’Rel Scott in 2008.
Lorenzo Harrison fell just 57 yards short of the freshman rushing record while playing in only nine games. His 7.2 yards per carry is the most ever for a Maryland freshman. Trey Edmunds only played in five games in a Terps uniform, but is now a member of the New Orleans Saints.
The Terps’ 2,594 rushing yards in 2016 was only the seventh time in program history they’d run for more than 2,500 yards; it was the first since 2003. The program’s 26 rushing touchdowns were the most since 2007.
It’s unclear what position he will fill at UCF, but it reflects well on Maryland that other teams are looking to poach its coaches. Going forward, senior defensive analyst Brawley Evans could be a candidate to fill his position. He was rumored to be a candidate for the tenth on-field coaching position when it comes into effect next season.
Another option could be DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks, who was also rumored to be under consideration for that tenth coaching spot. If he’s willing to leave DeMatha, where he’s been highly successful, hiring Brooks would surely help improve recruiting at the school, where Maryland already has a good relationship. He was a running back in both high school and college, and was the running backs coach at DeMatha before being promoted for head coach, so it wouldn’t be a purely political move if that’s how things work out.