Gators Add Assistant Football Coach Stan Drayton

University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer announced the hiring of Stan Drayton as running backs coach Friday.<p>Drayton, who comes to Gainesville after serving in the same capacity at Mississippi State during the 2004 season, has spent nine years working specifically with running backs on the collegiate level in addition to coaching three seasons in the NFL.

"Coach Drayton is a great addition to our coaching staff," said Meyer. "We were looking for a coach who had extensive experience coaching running backs with a proven track record. We were looking for an outstanding recruiter, a great teacher of the game and someone who understood the philosophy of our football program. Coach Drayton is all of that and more. We are excited to have him and his wife join our Gator family."

Drayton, 33, went to MSU from the Green Bay Packers, where he spent the previous three seasons as the organization's offensive quality control and assistant special teams coach. While on staff with the Packers, he helped the team to three-straight National Football Conference Divisional Playoff appearances.

Before coaching on the pro level, Drayton was the running backs coach for five months at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He earlier served as an assistant coach at Villanova from 1996-2000, after serving one year each at the University of Pennsylvania (1995), Eastern Michigan (1994) and Allegheny College (1993).

Drayton has been instrumental in the development of several standout running backs, including two-time All-American and current Philadelphia Eagle Brian Westbrook. As a sophomore at Villanova in 1998, Westbrook became the first player on any collegiate level to record more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. This past season, Drayton tutored Mississippi State's Jerious Norwood, who rushed for 1,050 yards on 195 carries to finish third in the SEC with 95.5 yards per game.

In 1999, Drayton was nominated for the American Football Coaches' Association Assistant Coach of the Year Award. He was also a member of the 1997 Villanova coaching staff that won the national championship.

"I'm proud to be a part of the Florida football program," said Drayton. "I was fortunate to be around Coach Meyer when he began his head coaching career at Bowling Green and I'm thrilled to be reunited with him in Gainesville."

As a player, Drayton was a three-year starter at running back for Allegheny College, where he earned first-team All-America status three years in a row and was a member of the 19990 Division III national championship team. He holds the Division III single-season record for touchdowns scored per game and is Allegheny's all-time leading rusher and scorer.

Earlier, Drayton was a two-time all-city selection as a defensive back at Cleveland's John Marshall High School, helping his team capture the 1988 city championship.

The Cleveland, Ohio, native earned a bachelor's degree in English from Allegheny College in 1993. He is married to the former Adriane Fuller.


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