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UK football set to add new running backs coach in Jemal Singleton

Singleton comes over from the Cincinnati Bengals.

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After the conclusion of the Kentucky Wildcats’ football season yesterday, we already have a new coaching hire for next season’s staff.

According to multiple reports, Kentucky is set to add Jemal Singleton to be its new running backs coach. For the past two seasons, Singleton has been at the Cincinnati Bengals under coach Zac Taylor. A bright spot for the Bengals this season has been their running back play, prior to Joe Mixon’s injuries, and with veterans Samaje Perine Giovanni Bernard filling in.

Previously, Singleton was with the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. Before Singleton made the jump to the pros, Singleton was back in the college ranks, in the SEC, as Arkansas’ running backs coach and special teams coordinator, as well as spending some time in Stillwater at Oklahoma State as their running backs coach.

Singleton will be the second new coaching hire from the NFL this season-off-season, joining new Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen.

It remains to be seen whether Singleton will have Chris Rodriguez Jr. to work with for next year, but if one thing is for certain, next year will still be a talented running back core at Kentucky, regardless if CRJ returns or not.

Jemal Singleton Coaching Profile

  • 2000: Air Force Academy (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator)
  • 2003-2005: Air Force Academy (Varsity Assistant Coach)
  • 2006: Air Force Academy (RB Coach)
  • 2007-2010: Air Force Academy (RB Coach/Run Game Coordinator)
  • 2011-2014: Oklahoma State (RB Coach)
  • 2015: Arkansas (Special Teams Coordinator/RB Coach)
  • 2016-2017: Indianapolis Colts (RB Coach)
  • 2018: Oakland Raiders (RB Coach)
  • 2019-20: Cincinnati Bengals (RB Coach)