Post-Practice: RB Coach Deland McCullough (Aug. 8, 2014)
Deland McCullough - Spring Practice 4/8/14
Deland McCullough is in his fourth season as Indiana's running backs coach.
The Hoosiers ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 201.8 rushing yards per game (30th nationally) and 25 rushing touchdowns in 2013. IU also sat third in the league with 5.3 yards per carry (16th). The totals were the highest for the program in each category since 2001.
Tevin Coleman (958) and Stephen Houston (753) eclipsed 750 yards, the second time that has occurred in school history (1977).
Houston signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent.
Coleman, an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, rushed for 958 yards on 131 carries (7.3 average) with 12 touchdowns and finished with 1,275 all-purpose yards in nine games. The sophomore averaged 106.4 rushing yards and 141.7 all-purpose yards per game.
He became the first Hoosier since Levron Williams (2001) to average over 100 rushing yards. Coleman also collected the most yards for an IU back since Williams in 2001 and his all-purpose yardage per game marked the highest for an IU back since Williams that same season.
Coleman tied for second in the Big Ten (T-14th nationally) in yards per attempt, was third (22nd) in all-purpose yards per game, tied for third in total yards per play (7.3, T-26th), fourth (T-20th) in yards from scrimmage per game (127.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (22nd) and scoring per game (8.0), tied for fifth in rushing TDs and sixth in total scores.
Houston wrapped up his career tied for fourth with 25 rushing TDs, sixth with 29 total scores and ninth with 2,304 rushing yards on Indiana's all-time lists. His nine career 100-yard rushing games are tied for ninth in IU history.
He totaled 749 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns and a 4.7 average in 2012. In addition, Houston caught 37 passes for 381 yards with four TDs and led the team with 1,130 all-purpose yards and 16 total scores.
Houston finished third in the Big Ten in scoring (non-kickers). His total touchdowns are tied for fourth, points are fifth and rushing TDs are tied for eighth on IU's single-season lists.
He became the first Hoosiers running back with at least eight rushing scores in back-to-back seasons since Williams (2000-01) and the first with at least 700 rushing yards in consecutive years since BenJarvus Green-Ellis (2003-04).
In 2011, Houston rushed for 802 yards (5.3 average) and eight touchdowns overall and 711 yards (5.5 average) and seven TDs in Big Ten play.
His 711 yards were the most for a Hoosier in conference action since 2003 (Green-Ellis - 784) and his seven scores were the most since 2001 (Williams - 16).
Indiana rushed for 1,374 yards in league play and the running backs lost just one fumble in 272 attempts.
The Hoosiers posted five overall games with 200-plus rushing yards and also collected three straight 200-plus yard rushing games - at No. 4 Wisconsin (223), at Iowa (217) and against Northwestern - for the first time in league action since 2001.
Served as an offensive and special teams intern at Miami (Ohio) University in 2010. The RedHawks captured the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship and earned a victory in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl, after which McCullough was promoted to running backs coach.
Starred at Miami from 1992-95 when Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson served as the team's offensive coordinator. He was a three-time All-MAC selection (first team in 1992 and 1995, second team in 1994).
Ended his career as the MAC and Miami recordholder for career rushing yards (4,368) and career rushing attempts (949). McCullough was the first RedHawk to lead the team in rushing four years, topping the 1,000-yard mark on three occasions.
Became the first Miami player to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors (1992) and was later a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
From 1996-2001, he signed to play professionally for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles, the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the XFL's Chicago Enforcers.
An inductee into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Following his playing career, McCullough worked in education at the high school level in the Cincinnati area initially as a teacher, then head football coach, athletic director and principal.
As a coach and athletic director, he was responsible for the placement of over 100 student-athletes into college on scholarships.
Deland and his wife, Darnell, have three sons, Deland Jr. (14), Dasan (11) and Daeh (10).
Check back soon