Croom thrilled to have Woody

Mississippi State University head football coach Sylvester Croom announced Monday the hiring of Woody McCorvey as offensive coordinator on his coaching staff, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Mississippi State University head football coach Sylvester Croom announced Monday the hiring of Woody McCorvey as offensive coordinator on his coaching staff, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

"I am excited to be able to hire someone with Woody's accomplishments and expertise as my offensive coordinator," MSU head football coach Sylvester Croom said. "He is the guy I wanted from the beginning of my search, and we're fortunate to be able to bring Woody to Mississippi State."

McCorvey, 53, comes to State from the University of Tennessee, where he has served the past five seasons as the Volunteers' running backs coach. With McCorvey heading the UT running game, the Volunteers have posted a 46-14 overall record during that time frame. He has helped guide Tennessee to the 2000 Fiesta, 2001 Cotton, 2002 Florida Citrus, 2002 and '03 Peach Bowls.

"Woody has been a tremendous part of our staff for five years," UT head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "He not only is a tremendous coach and recruiter but an outstanding man who brought exceptional leadership to our football team. I certainly understand him taking advantage of this chance to be a coordinator and wish him the best of luck."

McCorvey's work helped tailback Travis Stephens pace the SEC in rushing in 2001 with 1,464 yards. He was named first-team, all-America that season and narrowly missed winning the Doak Walker Award as the country's premier running back. One year prior, McCorvey helped tailback Travis Henry finish second in the league and 14th nationally in rushing with 1,314 yards. During that team-rushing, league-leading '99 season, current National Football League star Jamal Lewis was third among conference ground-gainers.


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