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Five Things to Know About New Chiefs' RBs Coach Deland McCullough
January 12, 2018 04:49 PM | BJ Kissel
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday morning that they've hired the former University of Southern California running backs' coach Deland McCullough to the same position.

McCullough takes over for the recently-promoted Eric Bieniemy, who earlier this week was announced as the team's new offensive coordinator as Matt Nagy was named the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Here are five things to know about McCullough:

1. He grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Miami (OH)

McCullough was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated from Campbell High School, which sits about 80 miles southeast of Cleveland. He went on to play football at the University of Miami (OH), where he would have one of the most decorated careers in school history.

Per MiamiRedHawks.com, McCullough ended his career (1992-95) as the Mid-American Conference and Miami record-holder for career rushing yards (4,368) and career rushing attempts (949). He was the first Miami player to lead the team in rushing four years, topping 1,000 yards three times.

McCullough was also the first Miamian to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors (1992) and was later a finalist for the Doak Walker award as the nation's top running back.

He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

2. Spent four years in the NFL, including two years with Bieniemy

After a standout college career, McCullough spent some time in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals (1996-97) and Philadelphia Eagles (1997) before moving on to the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1998-99). He also spent a season in the Arena League with the Chicago Enforcers (2001).

It was during his time with the Bengals that he found himself in the same running backs' room as Bieniemy, who spent four years with the Bengals (1995-98).

Despite his time with Bieniemy and on those other rosters, McCullough ultimately never appeared in an NFL game.

3. Spent last season at USC and developed one of the nation's top running backs

Last year, which was his first at USC, McCullough helped develop one of the nation's top playmakers in USC running back Ronald Jones II, who earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors last season.

Jones finished with 1,550 yards rushing, averaging 5.9 yards-per-carry and nabbing 19 touchdowns as well. Both of those numbers ranked among the Top 10 in the country.

Last week, Jones announced that he's choosing to forego his senior year at USC and enter the NFL Draft.

It's nothing new for McCullough to develop guys who leave for the NFL.

4. Spent six years developing future NFL players at the University of Indiana

Before Jones and USC, McCullough spent six solid years at the University of Indiana (2011-16), where he helped develop multiple players who have gone on to NFL careers.

While coaching the Hoosiers running backs, McCullough worked with the Atlanta Falcons' Tevin Coleman and the Chicago Bears' Jordan Howard. He also worked with Devine Redding, who has recently spent time on the Chiefs' roster and practice squad.

Howard finished with 1,126 yards rushing and nine touchdowns for the Bears last year, while Coleman had 628 yards rushing and five touchdowns for the Falcons.

5. A family man

McCullough and his wife, Darnell, have four sons, Deland Jr., 17, Dasan, 14, Daeh, 13, and Diem, 2.

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