With the departure of Coach Hazell to the helm of the Kent Flashes program, the Buckeyes have been looking for a replacement as the Wide Receivers coach since their Sugar Bowl victory.
Tuesday, rumors started swirling that a leading candidate has emerged in the person of Stan Drayton. Drayton, you might remember, was the running backs coach on two occasions under Urban Meyer at Florida, and also the RB coach at Tennessee. His resume also includes tenure with the Green Bay Packers, Bowling Green, and the Syracuse Orange.
In none of his stops, though, was he involved specifically with the wide receivers; an apparent concern given the position he’s allegedly assuming at Ohio State. However, it should be remembered that current DB coach Taver Johnson’s resume was primarily with linebackers- so a switch may be possible and fruitful.
Originally from the Cleveland area, Drayton brings with him a reputation as a dynamic recruiter, as he was responsible for the Gator’s recruiting efforts. He coached NFL stars Jerious Norwood, and Brian Westbrook, in addition to being responsible for a Gator running attack that out gained the 10 of 12 opponents during his first stint as Florida’s running backs coach (2005). While in college, he was an Division 3 All American for three years while at Allegheny College, where he still holds numerous rushing records.
If you can manage to look past the orange and blue gear, here’s video of Coach Drayton talking with the media following training camp this past season:
If Coach Drayton is indeed the latest edition to the coaching staff, it will be interesting to see if a possible move from Tennessee and Florida to Ohio State would result in his coaching becoming slower and more plodding.
Again, this is merely the type of speculation that fills the off-season for college football- the position remains open until the 23rd of this month should one of our intrepid readers wish to toss their hat in the ring.