David Corley, who helped Army to a 2017 Armed Forces Bowl win as the Black Knights wide receivers coach, has been hired as Penn State‘s new running backs coach, the program announced Friday. Coach James Franklin spoke glowingly of the newest member of his staff.
“David is a dynamic football coach who will be a great fit in our program,” Franklin said in a release. “I have gotten to know David over the last several years and followed his career closely. He has continuously impressed me with his drive and passion for the game and recruiting. He has an infectious personality and competitiveness that will impact our running back room.”
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 12, 2018
— David Corley, Jr (@CoachDCorleyJr) January 12, 2018
Before his stint at Army, Corley spent three seasons at Connecticut, where he worked as a running backs coach, wide receivers coach, special teams coordinator and director of player engagement. He got his college coaching start at William & Mary, where he served a variety of roles from 2008-13.
Corley fills the vacancy left by Charles Huff, who joined former Nittany Lions offensive coordinator and new Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead as the Bulldogs co-offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Huff had a strong relationship with star running back Saquon Barkley, who has elected to forego his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
Corley will be tasked with helping mentor running back Miles Sanders, a rising junior expected to fill Barkley’s heavy workload next season.