Earlier this month, TCU running backs coach Ra’Shaad Samples was plucked away by the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams for the same duties.
While he was the running backs coach in Fort Worth, Samples’ biggest impact for the Horned Frogs was on the recruiting trail and it was seen as a massive loss when he left for the west coast.
Now, according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram TCU has officially found his replacement, and it’s a good one.
The Horned Frogs went out and got Memphis’ Anthony Jones, who has a very impressive track record with developing running backs into NFL talent. After all, Jones was the position coach in college for Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys’ RB), Antonio Gibson (Washington Commanders’ RB), Darrell Henderson (Los Angeles Rams RB), and Kenneth Gainwell (Philadelphia Eagles’ RB).
That’s an extremely impressive track record for a position coach, especially one that has only been in the college ranks since 2017. Before that he spent 11 seasons coaching high school football in Tennessee.
His ability to find and develop talents like Pollard and Gibson was what impressed TCU, as the Frogs want to continue to make running the ball a priority in the Big 12. They were the third-best rushing attack in the conference in 2021, averaging 196.3 yards per game with Kendre Miller as the lead back.
With Miller, super-senior Emari Demercardo, and transfers Trelon Smith (Arkansas) and Emani Bailey (Louisiana) waiting for their chance to shine in Sonny Dykes’ backfield, a coach like Anthony Jones is one heck of an addition for the Horned Frogs.