Texas football running backs coach and run game coordinator Stan Drayton could return to the NFL, with interest from the Dallas Cowboys and LA Rams.
All the coaching turnover this year associated with the Texas football program will cast out a number of solid assistants that other college and NFL teams can snag. Texas looks to turnover at least half of their position coaches heading into the offseason.
But one assistant coach that the Texas Longhorns football program seemed to want to retain, running backs coach Stan Drayton, might be on his way out the door.
Drayton is reportedly receiving interest from the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams to be an assistant coach in the NFL. On Jan. 9, it was reported by Todd Archer of ESPN that Drayton was going to visit with the Cowboys.
Apparently the Rams are also interested in connecting with Drayton. The interest from the Rams came from a report from Jane Slater on her Twitter timeline.
That would give Drayton the opportunity to work with one of two very prominent running backs in the NFL. If he landed with the Cowboys, he’d get to coach up a running back that he developed at the college level. That running back that is now with the Cowboys that is familiar with Drayton is former Ohio State Buckeyes superstar Ezekiel Elliott.
And the running back he’d get to coach up with the Rams is two-time NFL All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowler, and two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley. Former Longhorn star running back Malcolm Brown would also be coached up by Drayton in LA, if he were to land there.
Drayton was the running backs coach under former head coach Urban Meyer with the Ohio State program from 2012-2014. He was then the running backs coach with the Chicago Bears in 2015 and 2016. He’s been on staff with the Longhorns over the course of the last three years as the associate head coach, running backs coach, and run game coordinator.
Since the Longhorns planned to retain Drayton, he still might stick around on the Forty Acres. But the Longhorns did change offensive coordinators and both wide receivers coaches heading into bowl season, so a change for Drayton might be on his mind too.
Texas replaced former offensive coordinator Tim Beck with the Ohio State passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich last month.