Michigan hires Tyrone Wheatley as running backs coach

Saturday January 17th, 2015

Michigan has hired Tyrone Wheatley as its running backs coach, the school announced on Saturday.

Wheatley served in the same position for the Buffalo Bills over the past two seasons.

He also coached running backs at Syracuse from 2010-12 and also had stops at Eastern Michigan and Ohio Northern.

Wheatley played running back at Michigan from 1991-94 and was named Big Ten offensive player of the year in 1992.

"Having Tyrone back in the Maize and Blue will be very special for our program," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in a news release. "He is a true leader, a dynamic coach and will make a profound impact on the young men who play for Michigan. I am so pleased to have him back in Schembechler Hall."

Wheatley is replacing longtime running backs coach Fred Jackson and will work under new offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.

Michigan ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rushing yards per carry (4.60) last season. 

"Michigan holds a special place in my heart and the chance to return here and help guide this program is truly a dream homecoming," Wheatley said. "Michigan helped make me the man, husband and father I am today, and I am passionate about passing those lessons on to the next generation of young men in Maize and Blue. I look forward to getting to work and thank Coach Harbaugh for the opportunity."

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