Report: Maryland to hire Anthony Tucker as running backs coach

Maryland will hire Arkansas State running backs coach Anthony Tucker to the same position, according to a report from

Tucker's Twitter bio was updated to read "Running Backs Coach - University of Maryland" on Tuesday evening.


Tucker worked as running backs coach at Arkansas State for two years under Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who was hired in December. Tucker also worked as wide receivers coach in 2013, his first season at the school.

This fall, the Red Wolves ranked 15th nationally with 231.3 yards per game on the ground, 30th with 4.9 yards per carry and tied for 12th with 35 rushing touchdowns. Three Arkansas State running backs rushed for more than 600 yards.

Previously, Tucker coached wide receivers for two seasons at Idaho State. In 2010, he was an assistant at Colorado. He also spent four seasons as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Lakewood High School in California.

Tucker was a two-year starter at wide receiver for Fresno State in the late 1990s, and he caught 32 passes for 414 yards and three touchdowns in his junior season in 1997. He spent four years in the NFL and played a season in NFL Europe for the Amsterdam Admirals.

Tucker is the second reported hiring on coach DJ Durkin's offensive staff in three days. reported the hiring of Chris Beatty as wide receivers coach on Sunday.

Terry Richardson, a longtime assistant of former coach Randy Edsall, was Maryland's running backs coach this season.