Thursday, January 27, 2011

BUCKEYES HIRE FLORIDA ASSISTANT STAN DRAYTON TO COACH RECEIVERS

Stan Drayton
(Courtesy of the Ohio State University)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State has a new wide receivers coach.

According to Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel on Thursday, University of Florida assistant Stan Drayton will take over for longtime wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, who left the Buckeyes this offseason to become head coach at Kent State.

Tressel said that Drayton, a native of Cleveland, is a major pickup for the Buckeyes staff.

"Stan Drayton first and foremost is a fine person and family man," Tressel said. "He is Buckeye born and bred, and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family. We are fortunate to gain one of the finest football coaches in America to serve our kids, school and community."

Drayton has been coaching the running backs at Florida since 2005 (with one-year stints at Tennessee (2008) and Syracuse (2009), and helped the Gators to a national championship win in 2006 over the Buckeyes.

Drayton's collegiate coaching resume also includes stops at Mississippi State (2004), Bowling Green (2000), Villanova (1996-2000), Penn (1995), Eastern Michigan (1994) and Allegheny College (1993).

He also has NFL coaching experience, as he served as offensive quality control and assistant special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers.

Drayton's playing career was impressive, as well. He was named first team All-American three times as a running back at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he is still the school's all-time leading rusher and scorer. He helped lead Allegheny College to the 1990 Div. III National Championship.

Perhaps Drayton's biggest strength as a coach is his ability to recruit prep athletes. Drayton was a recruiting coordinator last season at Florida.

The Buckeyes still have some quality recruits on their radar for the class of 2011, including Under Armour All-American wide receiver JaJuan Story of Nature Coast (FL) High School, who was originally a Florida commit, but is now back on the market and will decide between the Buckeyes and Gators, among others, next Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Drayton will begin his coaching duties on Feb. 1.