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New Ravens RBs coach praised by Wisconsin player, called a 'drill sergeant'

The arrival of new running backs coach Thomas Hammock is expected to provide a boost to the Ravens' running game.

Especially based on his track record at Wisconsin where he coached Heisman Trophy finalist and Doak Walker award winner Montee Ball, the Denver Broncos running back and NCAA all-time leader in touchdown runs and total touchdowns.

A former standout running back at Northern Illinois who worked in tandem with Michael Turner before a heart condition cut his career short, Hammock is regarded as an intense, enthusiastic coach by Wisconsin players.

Wisconsin middle linebacker Chris Borland, who competed against Hammoch and the Badgers' running backs in practice every day, gave a big endorsement to Hammock at the NFL scouting combine.

“He’s a little bit of a drill sergeant," said Borland, who caught up with Hammock during his formal meeting with the Ravens. "He gets after guys, and he gets the most out of them. He works them really hard. At the same time, he’s there for them. So, they have great personal relationships and working relationships.”

Last season, coach James White and Melvin Gordon as they piled up a total of 3,053 rushing yards.

The Ravens ranked 30th in rushing offense last season as running backs Ray Rice (hip flexor, quadriceps) and Bernard Pierce (rotator cuff surgery) dealt with injuries.

"He'll be great," Borland said. "He's an outstanding coach."

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