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Marshall football: William and Mary coach accepts RB job with Herd

The Marshall University football team will replace one running back coach with a pedigree at the position for another. Daily Mail sources confirmed that Chris Barclay, running backs coach at William and Mary and the 2005 ACC player of the year at Wake Forest, will take the same job with the Thundering Herd.

Barclay replaces Thomas Brown, a former SEC all-freshman running back at Georgia, who recently took the running backs job at Wisconsin.

Barclay joined William and Mary's staff in 2012 after working under Jim Grobe at Wake Forest as a recruiting assistant (2010) and defensive graduate assistant (2011). The Tribe's running game finished 56th in the Football Championship Subdivision (153.45 yards per game) in 2012 and tied for 77th (148.9 yards per game) in 2013.

The 30-year-old finished his Demon Deacons career in 2005 as Wake's all-time leading rusher, finishing with 4,032 yards and 40 touchdowns. He was the first player in ACC history to lead the conference in rushing for three straight seasons.

In his MVP year, Barclay rushed for 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns. From 2006-08, he spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

He takes over a Marshall running game that finished 23rd in the Football Bowl Subdivision, averaging 205.9 yards per game. Senior Essray Taliaferro became the Herd's first 1,000 yard rusher since Darius Marshall in 2009.

Marshall opens spring practice March 25, finishing April 26 with the annual Green and White spring game.

-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.


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