- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Baltimore Ravens officially announced the hiring of Wisconsin's Thomas Hammock as their running backs coach Thursday.
"Take a look at Thomas’ college résumé," coach John Harbaugh said. "It’s impressive, and it’s clear he can teach, coach and help players become better."
This is the track record that Hammock brings to a Ravens running game that averaged 3.1 yards per carry, the lowest output for any team since the 2007 Chicago Bears:
During Hammock's three seasons as Wisconsin's running backs coach, the Badgers ranked third nationally in rushing yards per attempt (5.7), fourth in rushing touchdowns (121) and seventh overall in rushing yards per game (251.1). Wisconsin led the Big Ten in each of these categories during Hammock's time there.
Badger running backs eclipsed the 100-yard mark 40 times in Hammock's three years, producing the most 100-yard games of any team in the country since 2011.
Hammock has coached the country’s leading rusher twice during his career: Wisconsin's Montee Ball (2011) and Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe (2006). Ball, who is in his second season with the Denver Broncos, tied Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season touchdowns record (39) that season.
Last season, Wisconsin set a single-season school record with 3,689 rushing yards and ranked eighth nationally after averaging 283.8 rushing yards per game. Melvin Gordon (1,609) and James White (1,444) set the all-time NCAA record for rushing yards by a pair of teammates in a season, combining for 3,053 yards. The tandem made Wisconsin the nation's only team to produce multiple running backs that averaged more than 100 yards per game.
Hammock replaces Wilbert Montgomery, who coached the Ravens' running backs for the past six seasons. This is Hammock's first job in the NFL.
“The opportunity to coach at the highest level -- and that’s what the NFL is -- excites me,” Hammock said. “To come to an organization that is committed to winning and has a coaching staff that is so respected is a tremendous opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. Working with Coach Harbaugh, learning the offense and working with Coach [Gary] Kubiak, and then coaching these outstanding Ravens players, is special."