The Ravens announced the hiring former Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock as their new running backs coach.
He replaces Wilbert Montgomery, who left the coaching staff in January and has now been hired as the Cleveland Browns' running backs coach.
Hammock coached Heisman Trophy finalist and Doak Walker Award winner Montee Ball, a Denver Broncos running back, for the Badgers as well as running backs James White and Melvin Gordon. Ball is the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdown runs and total touchdowns.
“The opportunity to coach at the highest level – and that’s what the NFL is – excites me,” Hammock said in a statement. “To come to an organization that is committed to winning and has a coaching staff that is so respected is a tremendous opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. ..
“Working with coach [John] Harbaugh, learning the offense and working with coach Kubiak, and then coaching these outstanding Ravens players, is special. I feel very honored and fortunate to be here. My wife and I and our two children are looking forward to being part of the Baltimore community.”
The Badgers ranked third in the nation with an average of 5.7 yards per carry during the past three seasons with Hammock coaching the running backs. He was also the Badgers' assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.
The Ravens ranked 30th in rushing offense last season as running backs Ray Rice (hip flexor, quadriceps) and Bernard Pierce (rotator cuff, knee, calf, hamstring) dealt with injuries.
“Take a look at Thomas’ college resume. It’s impressive, and it’s clear he can teach, coach and help players become better,” Harbaugh said. “He’s an impressive person, and we’re looking forward to seeing him coach our players.”