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Rutgers hires former Maryland wide receiver Jafar Williams to coaching staff

Wide receiver Jafar Williams catches a 64-yard pass from Shaun Hill for Maryland's first touchdown of the Orange Bowl against Florida on Jan. 2, 2002.

Rutgers hired former Maryland wide receiver Jafar Williams to be running backs coach on first-year coach Chris Ash's staff, the school announced Thursday.

Williams played for Maryland from 2000 to 2003 and finished his career with 90 catches for 1,301 yards, marks that rank 16th in program history. He also caught seven career touchdowns, and in 2002 averaged 20.07 yards per catch, a single-season mark that ranks third all-time in Terps history.


Williams was a contributor for one the most successful runs of Maryland football in recent history. In Williams' four seasons, the Terps were 36-14, a span that included former coach Ralph Friedgen's run of three-straight 10-win seasons and an Orange Bowl appearance following the 2001 season.

Before Ash hired Williams at Rutgers, the Philadelphia native held the same position at Purdue for three seasons. He has also coached at Kent State, Northwestern, Howard, Illinois State and Moravian.


Maryland is scheduled to play Rutgers in College Park in the season finale on Nov. 26.

In other alumni coaching news, the Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that former Maryland quarterback Frank Reich will be first-year coach Doug Pederson's offensive coordinator. Reich was most recently the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and was a candidate for the head coaching job in College Park that ultimately went to DJ Durkin.