USC Football announces hiring of Tim Drevno as running backs coach

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Vavae Malepeai
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Vavae Malepeai /

USC Football officially announced the hiring of Tim Drevno, former Michigan offensive coordinator, as the Trojans running backs coach on Monday.

On Monday, the wait for USC Football’s new running backs coach finally ended. And right on time with Spring Camp starting Tuesday.

The Trojans officially announced Tim Drevno in his role as running back coach, as well as running game and pass protection coordinator, completing the 2018 coaching staff.

Those latter roles add some intrigue to Devno’s return to USC. He had served as the offensive line coach in 2014 under Steve Sarkisian before spending the last three years as Michigan’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Considering his experience working with the offensive line, it makes sense for USC to utilize his expertise with at least some input on operations in the trenches. On top of coaching running backs, it seems he will be integral in USC’s blocking schemes going forward.

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“We are very excited to welcome back Tim to the Trojan Family,” head coach Clay Helton said in a press release. “Through his experiences with elite college program and in the NFL, he has gained a reputation as a great teacher and he has grown his expertise in both the run game and pass protection. Adding Tim to our coaching staff will help continue the success we have had offensively and will help us reach our goal of winning a national championship.”

Drevno does have 27 years of coaching experience, including college and the pros, but few of them have involved running backs directly. He coached running backs for two years at Montana State in 1996-97 and a year at UNLV in 1998. Since then, he has operated almost exclusively as an offensive line coach.

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He has big shoes to fill at USC replacing Deland McCullough, a highly-respected figure in his one year in Troy. McCullough coached Ronald Jones II up to All-American honors. He also leaves behind a talented group of backs including Stephen Carr, Aca’Cedric Ware, Vavae Malepeai and incoming freshman Markese Stepp.