Autry Denson Hired as Bulls RB Coach

Just one week after seeing RB coach Telly Lockette suddenly depart for Gary Anderson’s staff at Oregon State, USF has already turned to another Florida native to fill the vacant position, hiring Miami (OH) assistant and former Notre Dame standout Autry Denson to take over.

Just one week after seeing RB coach Telly Lockette suddenly depart for Gary Anderson’s staff at Oregon State, USF has already turned to another Florida native to fill the vacant position, hiring Miami (OH) assistant and former Notre Dame standout Autry Denson to take over.

A native of Lauderhill, FL in Broward County, Denson would go on to establish himself collegiately at Notre Dame. Through four years in South Bend, Denson would become the Fighting Irish’s all-time leading rusher, amounting 4,448 career yards and 46 TD’s, cementing him as a legend in South Bend. Following his career at Notre Dame, he would have a brief six year run in the NFL and CFL before retiring in 2004.

Relatively new to calling plays, Denson began his coaching career in 2010 where he accepted the position as head coach of Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton before spending the next three seasons as RB coach of Bethune-Cookman. There, the Wildcats boasted a prolific rushing attack that led the MEAC in several categories from 2011-13 before Denson would leave for Miami (OH) for the 2014 season. During his one season in Oxford, the Redhawks couldn’t gain traction on the ground, finishing 122nd in the nation in total rushing on the season.

Having direct ties to the state, the hiring of Denson certainly ties into Willie Taggart’s philosophy of bringing in coaches/recruiters who keep Florida kids at South Florida. It remains to be seen how Denson can further elevate the games of now second year standouts Marlon Mack and D’Ernest Johnson.


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