LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Stan Drayton to become the team’s running backs coach. Drayton has 22 years of coaching experience including the last four (2011-14) with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Drayton spent the 2014 season as Ohio State’s assistant head coach on offense/running backs, his third consecutive year working with the Buckeye running backs. In 2014, Drayton helped the Buckeyes win the National Championship as sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott finished third in the nation and second in single-season school history with 1,878 rushing yards.
Under Drayton’s guidance, Elliott capped the 2014 season with three-straight 200-yard rushing games (tied for the most in single-season school history with Eddie George - 1995). Drayton’s work with Elliott helped the sophomore be named College Football Playoff National Championship Offensive MVP with 246 rushing yards (tied for third most in single-game school history) and four touchdowns on 36 carries. Elliott was also named Offensive MVP of the Sugar Bowl (230 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries) versus Alabama.
In 2013, Drayton held the same coaching title and helped senior running back Carlos Hyde finish eighth in the nation with an average of 126.8 rushing yards per game (1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns on 208 carries in 12 contests). Hyde was named the Big Ten’s Ameche-Dayne running back of the year as his 1,521 rushing yards are eighth most in school history and his 7.3 yards per carry average was the highest in single-season OSU annals. Hyde’s 246 yards at Illinois that season are tied for third most in single-game school history.
In his first season as Ohio State’s running backs coach in 2012, Drayton helped the Buckeye running backs to 1,536 yards, 21 touchdowns and an average of 5.44 yards per carry during the team’s 12-0 campaign. He came to Ohio State in 2011 as the team’s wide receivers coach.
Prior to his time at Ohio State, Drayton spent the 2010 season as the running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida, his second stint at the school after serving as the Gators running backs coach from 2005-07. In 2006, Florida won the BCS National Championship as the Gators averaged 160 rushing yards per game.
During his coaching career, Drayton has also served as running backs coach at Syracuse (2009), Tennessee (2008), Mississippi State (2004), Bowling Green (2000 also serving as special teams coach), Villanova (1996-99), Pennsylvania (1995, assistant running backs/director of football operations) and his alma mater Allegheny (Pa.) College (1993). He has also served as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan (1994) and offensive quality control coach/special teams of the Green Bay Packers (2001-03).
A three-time first-team All-America selection as a running back at Allegheny, Drayton is second in the school’s record book for rushing (3,272 yards), rushing touchdowns (54) and scoring (336 points) and was a part of the 1990 Division III national championship team. He was also a two-time All-American in track, competing in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. A 1993 graduate with a bachelor's degree in English, Drayton was inducted into the Allegheny College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He, and his wife Monique, have two daughters: Amari and Anaya.
Other Coaching Moves: In addition, the Bears informed running backs coach Skip Peete that he will not return to the club’s coaching staff for the 2015 season.