Urban Meyer names Stan Drayton new UF running backs coach


Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 3:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 3:29 p.m.

Florida football coach Urban Meyer has moved quickly to fill

the vacancy on his coaching staff created by the departure of Mike

Locksley, naming Stan Drayton the Gators' new running backs coach

Friday.

Drayton, 33, spent the 2004 season as the running backs coach at

Mississippi State. The previous three seasons, he worked with the

Green Bay Packers as the NFL team's offensive quality control coach

and assistant special teams coach. He was hired at MSU by new head

coach Sylvester Croom, who had worked with Drayton with the Packers.

Before joining the Packers in 2001, Drayton worked eight years in the

college ranks, including a five-month stint at Bowling Green in 2001

as Meyer's running backs coach and special teams coordinator.

He earlier served as an assistant coach at Villanova and helped the

Wildcats reach the 1996 and 1997 Division I-AA playoffs.

Before that, he spent one-year stints at Pennsylvania, Eastern

Michigan and Allegheny College, his alma mater.

Drayton was a three-year starter as a running back at Allegheny and a

three-time first-team All-American. He holds the Division III

single-season record for touchdowns scored per game. He also was a

two-time All-American in track and field, competing in the 100 and

200-meter dashes.

Drayton replaces Locksley, the UF running backs coach and recruiting

coordinator who left on Jan. 11 to become Ron Zook's offensive

coordinator at Illinois.

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