MORGANTOWN, W.VA (WDTV) - (Tennessee Titans & WVU Sports Communications stories):
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has made another round of hires for his coaching staff, including his coaches on the offensive line and defensive line.
Terrell Williams, who most recently coached three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, will be the team’s new defensive line coach. Keith Carter, most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, will coach the offensive line.
The Titans have hired Tony Dews as the team’s new running backs coach.
Additionally, long-time strength coach Steve Watterson will remain on Vrabel’s staff.
Williams has 20 years of coaching experience, including six seasons in the NFL. At his most recent stop with the Dolphins (2015-17), his group excelled -- DE Cameron Wake tallied 29 sacks, which was the eighth-highest total by a player, and DT Ndamukong Suh totaled the eighth-highest number of sacks (15.5) among defensive tackles.
Prior to that, Williams spent three seasons (2012-14) with the Oakland Raiders and the defense over that period ranked 10th in rushing average (4.05/attempt). Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Williams spent 14 years as a college coach, at Texas A&M, Purdue, Akron, Youngstown State, North Carolina A&T and Fort Scott Community College (1998). A native of Los Angeles, Williams played nose tackle at East Carolina.
Carter joins the Titans have spending three seasons (2015-17) with the Atlanta Falcons, where he worked on the same staff as new Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. A 13-year coaching veteran, Carter has five years of NFL coaching experience. While with the Falcons, he spent two years (2015-16) as the Assistant Offensive Line coach and the Running Backs coach this past season (2017). The offensive line for the 2016 Falcons, protected the NFL MVP Matt Ryan and paved the way for the fifth-best rushing attack in the NFL, while winning the NFC Championship. As Running Backs coach last year, the Falcons produced the ninth-ranked rushing total with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combining for 1,493 yards and 12 rushing yards. Prior to joining the Falcons, Carter was the Offensive Line/Run Game coach for one year (2014) at San Jose State. He also tallied two seasons (2012-13) as the Offensive
Quality Control coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Carter’s also had stops at the University of San Diego, University of the Redlands, Wagner College, and UCLA. Carter was a tight end, H-back and fullback at UCLA. He’s the grandson of Pro Football Hall of Famer, Gino Marchetti, who played for the Baltimore Colts.
Dews has 20 years of coaching experience in the college ranks. Last season he was the running back coach at West Virginia, when running back Justin Crawford totaled 1,061 rushing yards, and the Mountaineers rushed for 1,954 yards. Prior to coaching at West Virginia, Dews spent five years (2012-16) at the University of Arizona coaching wide receivers. He’s also spent time at the University of Pittsburgh, Michigan, UNLV, Central Michigan, Holy Cross, California (Pa.), and Millersville.
Dews played tight end at Liberty University, where he was the team’s leading receiver in each of his final two seasons.
Last week, the Titans announced nine hires on Vrabel’s staff, including defensive coordinator Dean Pees and LaFleur.
Three West Virginia University football players have been invited to this year's NFL Scouting Combine, taking place Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis.
They are running back Justin Crawford, wide receiver Ka'Raun White and safety Kyzir White.
Crawford is the first Mountaineer back to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons since Noel Devine did it in 2008-09. In 2017, Crawford ran for a team-best 1,061 yards on 190 carries with seven touchdowns before opting to sit out West Virginia's bowl loss to Utah.
His two-year Mountaineer rushing total was 2,245 yards and 11 touchdowns with a sparkling 6.4 yards-per-carry average.
Ka'Raun White finished second on the team in receiving in 2017 with 61 catches for 1,004 yards and 12 touchdowns. His three-year WVU totals include 124 catches for 1,862 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Kyzir White was a two-year starting safety who produced 94 tackles, 7 ½ tackles for losses, a sack and three interceptions during his senior season in 2017. He made 146 tackles, 13 ½ tackles for losses, four sacks, eight pass breakups and three interceptions during his two-year career.
Coach Dana Holgorsen has had at least two players invited to the combine each year he's been at West Virginia since 2011. Six of his players were invited to the 2016 combine and five were tabbed last year.
In all, 29 of his players have been invited to the scouting combine.
The most WVU players to take part in one combine was 10 in 1999. That group included cornerback Charles Fisher, defensive tackle Kevin Landolt, offensive tackle Solomon Page, linebacker Gary Stills, defensive tackle John Thornton and running back Amos Zereoue - all drafted by NFL teams.
A total of 336 participants have been invited to this year's NFL Combine, according to NFL.com.