Wednesday January 6th, 2016

Maryville College running backs coach Chris Foster has accepted the same position under Georgia Southern coach Tyson Summers, according to a source.

A deft recruiter with strong Southern ties, the 33-year-old Foster is considered one of college football’s top young running backs coaches. This past season was his first in his position at Maryville, where he helped Deshjion Whitlock record nearly 1,000 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

Before that, Foster was at Appalachian State for three seasons. He oversaw a 1,000-yard rusher in each of those campaigns, including star running back Marcus Cox. Prior to that, he coached running backs at his alma mater, Gardner-Webb, for eight seasons, producing the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher in 11 seasons.

A Chesnee, S.C., native, Foster was a running back at Gardner-Webb from 2000-03 and twice earned All-Big South honors. He joins the high-energy Summers, who was hired as Georgia Southern’s coach last month after serving as Colorado State’s defensive coordinator this past season.

Georgia Southern had an impressive 9-4 record this season and won last month’s GoDaddy Bowl with a jaw-dropping 58-27 rout of MAC champion Bowling Green.

Summers replaces Willie Fritz, who became Tulane’s coach last month after posting a 17-7 record in his two seasons with the Eagles. Last season, he led them to the Sun Belt title and was named the league’s coach of the year.

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