After Tony Dews left West Virginia for the Tennessee Titans earlier this month, it left Dana Holgorsen scrambling for a replacement. West Virginia hires Marquel Blackway to be the new running backs coach.
According to Brett McMurphy, Blackwell will be replacing Dews. He just spent two seasons at Toledo as their running backs coach.
Sources: Toledo RB coach Marquel Blackwell will be named new RB coach at West Virginia
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) February 15, 2018
Blackwell is a former South Florida quarterback. Though the hiring has not yet been made official by the university, there are several sources confirming the hire.
— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) February 15, 2018
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 15, 2018
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 15, 2018
— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) February 15, 2018
— WVU & Morgantown (@MorgantownWVrr) February 15, 2018
Having great familiarity with the state of Florida could help with recruiting a great deal. Blackwell is just 38 years old and has had assistant roles at South Florida, Western Kentucky, Florida and Toledo.
Running backs coach at West Virginia would be the biggest role for Blackwell yet at the college level.