Among Indiana running backs coach Deland McCullough’s most prized pupils are NFL RBs Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard, who developed under McCullough in Bloomington before they made the jump to the professional ranks. Now McCullough might be on the move, as well.
247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong reported Tuesday that McCullough recently interviewed with USC regarding the Trojans’ opening at “a similar position.”
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) February 21, 2017
Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior — finishing seventh in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting — before leaving school early and being drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons. He scored the Falcons’ fourth — and final — touchdown before their historic collapse in Super Bowl LI.
Howard transferred from UAB to Indiana, where he rushed for 1,213 yards and 9 touchdowns in nine games in 2015, his only season in Bloomington. The Chicago Bears selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He went on to rush for 1,313 yards and 6 touchdowns as a rookie last season.
According to Wiltfong, 19 Indiana rushing records were broken in McCullough’s tenure. McCullough is one of two offensive assistants Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen retained after taking over for Kevin Wilson.