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West Virginia hires RB coach Marquel Blackwell

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Marquel Blackwell, who coached Kansas City Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt, was hired as running backs coach at West Virginia on Thursday.

WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said Blackwell comes highly recommended.

“He will be a great addition to our staff as a coach and recruiter,” Holgorsen said.

Blackwell spent the past two seasons as running backs coach at Toledo. He was part of the staff that led the Rockets to a 20-7 mark during his tenure, including an 11-3 record last season.

Blackwell's 2017 rushing attack ranked No. 29 nationally, averaging 204 yards. Under his direction, All-Mid American Conference first-team senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for 1,363 yards and 14 touchdowns, ranking No. 23 nationally.

In 2016, Blackwell's coached Hunt, who led the MAC and was No. 15 nationally with 1,475 rushing yards and rushed for at least 100 yards on eight occasions. The school's all-time career rushing leader with 4,945 yards, Hunt ranks third in MAC history.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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