Anthony Tucker is now in his second season as Maryland's running backs coach. The Terps backfield broke numerous school records under Tucker's watch in 2016.
Maryland’s rushing offense totaled 2,594 yards in 2016, marking just the seventh time in the history of the program (and first since 2003) the Terps eclipsed 2,500 yards on the ground. The team also posted 26 rushing touchdowns – the most since 2007.
Under Tucker's tutelage, running back Ty Johnson set the single-season Maryland record for yards per carry (100 attempts) with 9.13 in 2016. He broke a record that was set by Ed Modzelewski (7.38) in 1951. Johnson finished the year with 1,004 rushing yards, becoming just the ninth Terp and first since Da'Rel Scott (2008) to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. He also became just the eighth player in school history to post five 100-yard rushing performances in a single-season.
Backfield mate Lorenzo Harrison finished his rookie campaign with 633 yards on just 88 carries in nine appearances. His 7.2 yards per carry is the most ever for a Maryland freshman (min. 75 attempts). Harrison ended the year just 57 yards shy of breaking LaMont Jordan’s freshman school rushing record. Harrison also became the first Maryland running back even to score rushing touchdowns in each of his first four games.
Tucker also coached Trey Edmunds during his time at Maryland. Edmunds saw his only season in a Terps uniform cut short because of injury, but he's bounced back and is currently a member of the New Orleans Saints.
Tucker came to Maryland from Arkansas State, where he served as running backs coach from 2014-15 and wide receivers coach in 2013.
The Red Wolves were extremely successful during Tucker’s tenure, claiming the Sun Belt Conference championship in 2013 and 2015, and earning trips to bowl games during all three seasons.
Under Tucker’s tutelage in 2015, Arkansas State ranked 15th in the FBS in rushing offense, averaging 231.3 yards per game on the ground. The Red Wolves racked up 3,007 rushing yards on the season and rushed for 4.95 yards per carry. Arkansas State also set school records in both points scored (520) and touchdowns (69).
During his first season as the running backs coach in 2014, the Red Wolves set school records for total offense (6,194 yards), average yards per game (476.5) and total plays (1,024). Arkansas State ranked No. 18 in the nation in scoring offense, No. 25 in rushing offense and No. 30 in first downs.
Red Wolves running back Michael Gordon rushed for a combined 2,162 yards and 24 touchdowns during his two years under Tucker’s guidance. He was named a second team All-Sun Belt Conference pick both years. In addition, freshman running back Warren Ward was recognized on the leagues newcomer team in 2015 after rushing for 709 yards and five touchdowns during his first season.
Tucker led the Red Wolves’ receiving corps in 2013, and the group was responsible for 71 percent of the team’s receiving yards and touchdowns, and 68 percent of its total catches. A-State’s top three receivers all recorded at least 29 receptions. J.D. McKissic, who currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks, posted a team-high 82 receptions, a mark that ranked as the third most in school history. Additionally, Julian Jones enjoyed the best season of his career with 52 receptions that were the 10th most in A-State history. Jones signed a rookie free agent contract with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 2014. McKissic racked up 662 receiving yards and Jones posted a career-high 641. The duo, along with fellow receiver Allen Muse, was responsible for 10 of the team’s 14 touchdown catches.
McKissic was recognized as first team All-Sun Belt Conference for his efforts and named the GoDaddy Bowl Offensive MVP, while Muse was responsible for scoring the game-winning touchdown with 32 seconds left in the contest. Both Jones and Muse were ranked among the top-10 players in the league in receptions and McKissic also made the list for receiving yards.
Tucker came to Arkansas State after spending the previous two seasons at Idaho State, where he coached wide receivers for a squad that ranked among the top 10 in the nation in passing yards in back-to-back years. Led by All-America wide receiver Rodrick Rumble, the Bengals averaged 351.6 passing yards per game in 2012 to rank fourth nationally, while the 2011 team held the nation's ninth-best average at 300.6 yards per game.
Prior to joining Idaho State, Tucker served the 2010 season as Colorado's Offensive Technical Assistant under then-head coach Dan Hawkins. Tucker went to Colorado after spending the 2006-09 seasons as Lakewood (Calif.) High School's Passing Game Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach. He also coached the wide receivers in the Best of the West Quarterback and Wide Receivers Skills Camp in 2008 and 2009 in Lakewood.
Tucker spent four seasons in the NFL, signing as a free agent with the New York Giants in 1999 and later earning a spot on the team's practice squad in 2000. He was allocated to NFL Europe from the Giants in 2001 and played for the Amsterdam Admirals. He signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2002 and then suffered a career-ending leg injury.
A three-year letterman at Fresno State, Tucker started at wide receiver his last two seasons with the Bulldogs. Tucker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminology in 1999 from Fresno State, where he was a WAC Scholar-Athlete, member of the dean's list three times and earned President's List honors one time for having a 4.0 GPA.