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Posted at 5:42 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Andre Powell hired as Maryland's running backs coach

By Eric Prisbell

Here is the official release from Maryland, which just announced the hiring of Andre Powell as running backs coach.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall announced Monday that Andre Powell has joined the staff as running backs coach.

Powell spent the last four seasons at Clemson where he coached running backs and coordinated the special teams his final three years.

He tutored All-Atlantic Coast Conference running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller, two of the top three rushers in Clemson history. Spiller finished his career No. 2 in NCAA FBS history in all-purpose running.

A first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Spiller ranked in the top 15 in the ACC in kickoff returns in each of his final three years (2007-09). He also set the FBS record for career kickoff returns for touchdowns (seven) and tied the record for total kick returns for a score (eight).

The Tigers went to a bowl game every year Powell was at Clemson and finished in top 25 of final AP poll in 2007 and 2009.

Maryland is Powell’s fourth stop in the ACC, having also coached at Virginia (1996-00) and North Carolina (2001-06).

He coached future NFL players Germaine Crowell, Thomas Jones, Charles Kirby, Pat Washington and Terrence Wilkins with the Cavaliers.

Powell also had a future standout NFL back in Willie Parker while at North Carolina. In addition, the Tar Heels ranked seventh in the nation in kickoff returns in 2005.

A native of Lockhart, S.C., Powell was a running back at Indiana where he was a member of two bowl teams (1986 All-American; 1988 Peach Bowl).

He also coached at Army (1991, 95), VMI (1992) and Rhode Island (1993-94) and replaces David Walker, who is now an assistant with the Indianapolis Colts.

Terp Notes:

Terps Add to 2011 Recruiting Class: Running back Justus Pickett signed a national letter of intent Monday and will join the Terps in the fall. His signing increases the 2011 class to 21 student-athletes. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Pickett rushed for 2,429 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. That was the third-most yards ever in one season by a Mecklenburg County back and the TD total was ninth. Pickett was the 2010 Southwestern 4A Conference Offensive Player of the Year and made several all-state teams as a senior at Ardrey Kell High School. had Pickett ranked as the 10th-best all-purpose senior back in the nation and the 19th-best player in the state of North Carolina. Scouts, Inc., had him listed as the 26th-ranked running back in the nation. Pickett, who rushed for over 1,400 yards as a junior, also considered Arkansas and West Virginia.

Auction Nets Over $40,000 for WWP: The Maryland Department of Athletics and Under Armour partnered again last season to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members and their families. The Terrapins wore specially-designed head-to-toe uniforms for their matchup versus Florida State (11/20). For the second straight year, the custom black and desert camouflage jerseys were auctioned off on and the process netted $41,087.80 for WWP.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 7, 2011; 5:42 PM ET
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I was kinda hoping they'd hire Andre Benjamin to be the RB coach.

Now that would've been SpottieOttieDopaliscious.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 7, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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