Football Coaching Staff
Anthony Tucker
Running Backs
Coach Info:
Position: Running Backs
Anthony Tucker was named to the UCF Football staff in December of 2017.

Tucker entered his first season with one of the best running back stables in the nation, as the Knights went 12-0 and repeated as American Athletic Conference Champions. The UCF rushing attack set the program record with 3,318 yards on the ground, while taking 24 carries to the end zone. Greg McCrae topped 1,000 yards on the season to lead all rushers. The sophomore finished second in the country with nearly nine years per carry and 32nd with 91.8 yards per game.  Adrian Killins earned a spot on The American Second Team. Out of the backfield, the running backs accounted for eight touchdowns and 729 yards on 31 receptions. In all, the running back totaled 51 of UCF’s 106 plays of 20-yards or more, including 14 touchdowns. UCF totaled 545.4 yards of total offense per game, good for third nationally.

He came to Orlando after serving for two seasons as the running backs coach at Maryland. Prior to his time with the Terrapins, Tucker was a three-year member of the coaching staff at Arkansas State. He also has coaching experience at Idaho State and was on staff at Colorado.

During his first season with Maryland, Tucker helped lead a rushing offense that put up 2,594 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns. It was the first time the Terrapins had eclipsed 2500 rushing yards since 2003 and the most rushing TDs since the 2007 season.

In his three seasons with Arkansas State, Tucker coached the running backs (2014-15) and wide receivers (2013). The Red Wolves were extremely successful during Tucker's tenure at Arkansas State, winning the 2013 Sun Belt Conference title and earning trips to bowl games in all three seasons. In 2015, Tucker's running backs helped set school records for points scored and touchdowns, while rushing for 3,007 yards and averaging 4.95 yards per carry. The Red Wolves were No. 15 in the nation for rushing offense. In 2014, the Red Wolves set a school record for total offense and ranked No. 25 in the nation in rushing offense.

At Idaho State, Tucker coached wide receivers on a squad that was among the top 10 in the nation in passing in back-to-back seasons. Tucker was an offensive technical assistant at Colorado in 2010. He coached the wide receivers and was the passing game coordinator at Lakewood (Calif.) High School from 2006-09.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Tucker played professional football. He signed as a free agent with the New York Giants in 1999 and earned a practice squad spot in 2000. He played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 2001 and signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2002 before suffering a career-ending injury.

Tucker holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno State, where he was a two-year starter at wide receiver. He was a WAC Scholar-Athlete, three-time member of the Dean's List and was once a member of the President's List by virtue of having a 4.0 GPA.
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