Former Maryland wide receiver Jafar Williams one of two additions to DJ Durkin's staff

Maryland coach DJ Durkin has made two more additions to his staff, including former Terps wide receiver Jafar Williams.

Durkin announced in a news release Thursday that Williams, a 2003 Maryland graduate, will coach the team’s running backs and Dave Bucar will coach the tight ends.

Williams, whose 20.07 yards-per-catch average in 2002 was the third-highest in program history, coached wide receivers at Rutgers the past two seasons and previously coached running backs at Purdue beginning in 2013 and at Kent State (2012).

Bucar served as an offensive analyst last season at LSU under newly hired Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Bucar also served two stints as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh, working with the offensive line.

“I’m excited to welcome Jafar and Dave to our program,” Durkin said in a statement. “Jafar is a Terp and has a real passion for Maryland. He’s done an outstanding job developing players at each of his coaching stops.

“Dave has worked with Coach Canada at both LSU and Pitt. He has a strong football mind and our players will benefit with Dave on staff.”

At Rutgers, Williams helped develop both Jawuan Harris, who in 2016 led Big Ten freshmen with 39 catches for 481 yards. At Purdue, Williams helped Markell Jones break the school’s freshman rushing record with 875 yards on 168 carries in 2015.

Prior to coaching at Purdue, Williams helped the Kent State running back duo of Dri Archer and Traylor Durham combine for 2,745 yards and 30 touchdowns in 14 games in 2012. Archer was named to several All-American teams and was drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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