Tyrone Wheatley is going back to the NFL.
That’s right, just two seasons into his position as Michigan’s running backs coach, Wheatley was announced to the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars on its team website earlier today.
The Jaguars recently announced Doug Marrone as its head coach, who also had Wheatley as his running backs coach while he was the head coach at Syracuse (2010-12) and Buffalo Bills (2013-14) previously.
“I am excited to have Tyrone join our staff and work with our running backs,” Marrone said in a statement the Jaguars website. “I have worked with him for five years and know the type of leader and teacher that he is. He is an exceptional coach and will bring out the best in his players. He brings a charisma, attitude and Super Bowl-playing experience to the staff that will be vital as we enter the 2017 season.”
Wheatley played 10 seasons in the NFL, rushing for 4,962 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career. He is also one of U-M’s all-time greats, and is still fifth in career rushing in Michigan's school history. His son, Tyrone Wheatley Jr., will be entering his third season at tight end in 2017.
“Tyrone Wheatley has experienced vast success, both as a player and as a coach, at the professional and collegiate levels,” Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said in a statement on the Jaguars website. “He is a great addition to our coaching staff and will play a large role in the development and implementation of our running game.
“He brings a diverse skillset and background that will be extremely beneficial to our players and we look forward to him getting started.”