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College Football: State adds Kuhr to football staff

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Head coach Everett Withers will reunite with one of his former assistant coaches this season.

Rutgers’ running back coach Zak Kuhr will join the Texas State coaching staff as co-offensive coordinator alongside current coordinator Brett Elliott. Kuhr held the same position under Withers at James Madison in 2015, also alongside Elliott. Prior to being promoted to co-offensive coordinator, he served as the Dukes’ running back coach under ex-coordinator Drew Mehringer in 2014 before Mehringer departed to join Tom Herman’s staff at Houston the following season. Kuhr will be involved with the running game and will assist Elliott in play-calling.

According to the Austin American Statesman, safeties coach Troy Douglas is no longer with Texas State, leaving a staff spot for Kuhr.

Kuhr found himself reunited with Mehringer this past fall at Rutgers under first-year head coach Chris Ash.

At James Madison, Kuhr and Elliott produced an offense that was second in scoring, third in total offense and seventh in rushing in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Kuhr’s ties with Withers dates back to the assistant’s time as a running backs and special teams intern at Ohio State from 2011 to 2012.

“First off I’d like to thank Coach Ash and Pat Hobbs for this unbelievable opportuity that was given to me,” Kuhr said on Twitter. “I have grown so much as a professional with these two men and I have learned so much that they have helped groomed (sic) for my next role.”

Mehringer left Rutgers to become the passing game coordinator at Texas. Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill will take over as the Scarlet Knights’ offensive coordinator.

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