Michigan State RBs coach William Peagler takes office in Florida

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker loses another member of his team.

William Peagler, who is finishing his second season as a running backs coach with the Spartans, was announced Friday as the new tight ends coach in Florida. A Michigan State spokesperson has confirmed Peagler will coach with the No.10 Spartans (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) against No.12 Pittsburgh (11-2, 7-1 ACC) at the Peach Bowl Thursday in Atlanta.

The move reunites Peagler with new Florida head coach Billy Napier, who was hired in November. Peagler previously worked with Napier in Clemson and Louisiana.

“There’s not a day that I didn’t enjoy coming to work (Tucker),” Peagler tweeted Friday. “He means more to me than I can tell. Thank you Coach and I love you!

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Tucker has now lost two assistant coaches since the end of the regular season and must fill both positions. Cornerback coach Travares Tillman was hired earlier this month as the defensive backs coach and defensive pass coordinator at Georgia Tech.

“I want to thank (Peagler) for everything he has done for our program,” Tucker tweeted on Friday. “Day in and day out he gave everything he had to this football family and I’m delighted to see what the future holds for him.”

Peagler was director of quality control in Colorado in 2019 under Tucker, which brought him to East Lansing when he took control of the state of Michigan in February 2020. Peagler was instrumental in landing the transfer. returning from Wake Forest Kenneth Walker III in January. Walker became a unanimous All-American this season and was named Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award winner as the nation’s top running back.

Peagler is a 2010 Clemson graduate who was a student assistant with the Tigers from 2006-2009. He was a tight ends coach at Valdosta State in 2010, a quality control assistant and graduate assistant in Louisiana (2011-13). , directed play coordinator at Coffeyville Community College (2014), offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Olive Branch High School in Mississippi (2015), assistant quality control coach in Minnesota (2016), graduate assistant at Georgia (2017 ) and Director of Player Personnel and Quality Control in Louisiana (2018) before moving to Colorado in 2019.

When Tucker hired Peagler at Michigan State, it was his first full time coaching position at the Division I level. His salary was $ 200,000 per year.

Tucker signed a 10-year, $ 95 million contract extension last month that increased the salaries of his 10 field assistants from $ 6 million per year to at least $ 7.5 million.

After Tillman was hired at Georgia Tech, Tucker said last week that he was in no rush to fill the position.

“We have a really good idea of ​​what we want to do, but we’re going to have the flexibility,” Tucker said of Tillman’s replacement. “We are going to recruit the best person who will be the best fit for training and recruiting. “

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