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Anthony Tucker
Running Backs
Coach Info:
Position: Running Backs
Anthony Tucker was named to the UCF Football staff in December of 2017 as the Knights' running backs coach.

In his first year with the Knights, Tucker helped lead UCF to its second straight undefeated regular season and second straight American Athletic Conference Championship. The Knights earned a berth to the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and rose as high as seventh in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll.

The Knights rushing attack set program records with 3,448 rushing yards, 265.2 rushing yards per game, 43 rushing touchdowns and 5.8 yards per carry. On the season, UCF ranked fifth in the nation with 347 first downs, eighth in rushing offense, fifth with 522.7 yards of total offense per game, and sixth in scoring with 43.2 points per game.

Tucker helped lead one of the top running back corps in the country in 2018, including Greg McCrae, who destroyed the UCF single-season record and ranked second in the nation with 8.89 yards per carry. McCrae became UCF's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2013 and his 1,182 yards ranked as the fourth best single-season performance in program history.

Adrian Killins Jr. had another stellar career in the backfield in his first season under Tucker's leadership, earning Second Team All-Conference honors from The American. The Daytona speedster rushed for 715 yards and four touchdowns on 4.9 yards per carry, and grabbed 19 catches for 377 yards and another four scores through the air.

Tucker 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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