Jafar Williams
Jafar  Williams

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Spring Practice Update - Day Five

The Boilermakers were back at it Tuesday night for the fifth session of spring practice.


Hazell Announces Six Assistant Coaches

Darrell Hazell has announced the first six members of his coaching staff at Purdue.

Jafar Williams is in his second season as the running backs coach at Purdue.

Williams joined the Boilermakers in 2013 from his running backs position at Kent State where in 2012 he coached one the nation's top rushing tandem in Dri Archer and Traylon Durham. Under Williams' direction, the duo combined to rush for 2,745 yards and 30 touchdowns in 14 games. Archer, who averaged 9.0 yards per carry, led Kent State with 1,429 yards rushing on 159 carries, while also hauling in a team-high 39 receptions for 561 yards with four touchdowns and returning 16 kickoffs for 591 yards and three additional scores. He was named an Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN.com and Sporting News All-American following the regular season. Durham finished with 1,316 yards rushing on 276 carries with 14 touchdowns.

Williams joined the Kent State staff in 2011 after spending one season as the quality control graduate assistant at Northwestern in 2010, one year as wide receivers coach at Howard in 2009 and two as wide receivers coach at Illinois State in 2007 and 2008.

He got his start in coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., in 2005. Williams was a standout wide receiver at Maryland from 2000 to 2003.

Quoting Coach Hazell - "Jafar will elevate the play of our running backs to the highest competitive level across the country. He has a unique ability to combine his incredible knowledge of the running and passing game to aid in the development of elite players out of the backfield. He has recruited Ohio and Pennsylvania with superb results."