Anthony Tucker makes move to Running Backs Coach on A-State Football staff

From Arkansas State University

Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson has announced that Anthony Tucker, who served as the Red Wolves' wide receivers coach in 2013, will change positions to running backs coach in 2014 as part of Anderson's staff.

Tucker just completed his first season on the Arkansas State staff, helping lead the Red Wolves to their third consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship and second straight GoDaddy Bowl victory.

Under Tucker's direction, the Red Wolves' receiving corps was responsible for 71 percent of the team's receiving yards and touchdowns and 68 percent of its total catches.  A-State's top three receivers all recorded at least 29 receptions, including J.D. McKissic with a team-high 82 that ranked as the third most in school history.  Additionally, Julian Jones enjoyed the best season of his career with 52 receptions that were the 10th most in A-State history.  McKissic racked up 662 receiving yards and Jones posted a career-high 641.  The duo, along with fellow receiver Allen Muse, was responsible for 10 of the team's 14 touchdown catches.

McKissic was recognized as first team All-Sun Belt Conference for his efforts and named the GoDaddy Bowl Offensive MVP, while Muse was responsible for scoring the game-winning touchdown with 32 seconds left in the contest.  Both Jones and Muse were ranked among the top-10 players in the league in receptions and McKissic also made the list for receiving yards.

Tucker came to Arkansas State after spending the previous two seasons at Idaho State, where he coached wide receivers for a squad that ranked among the top 10 in the nation in passing yards in back-to-back years.  Led by All-America wide receiver Rodrick Rumble, the Bengals averaged 351.6 passing yards per game in 2012 to rank fourth nationally, while the 2011 team held the nation's ninth-best average at 300.6 yards per game.

The Tucker-coached Rumble later signed with the Indianapolis Colts and was named to multiple All-America teams during his career, which he finished as Idaho State's all-time leader in receptions (223) and receiving yards (2,863).  Rumble finished among the top-10 players in the nation in receptions and receiving yards as both a junior and senior.

Prior to joining Idaho State, Tucker served the 2010 season as Colorado's Offensive Technical Assistant under then-head coach Dan Hawkins.  Tucker went to Colorado after spending the 2006-09 seasons as Lakewood (Calif.) High School's Passing Game Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach.  He also coached the wide receivers in the Best of the West Quarterback and Wide Receivers Skills Camp in 2008 and 2009 in Lakewood.

Tucker spent four seasons in the NFL, signing as a free agent with the New York Giants in 1999 and later earning a spot on the team's practice squad in 2000.  He was allocated to NFL Europe from the Giants in 2001 and played for the Amsterdam Admirals.  He signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2002 and then suffered a career-ending leg injury.

A three-year letterman at Fresno State, Tucker started at wide receiver his last two seasons with the Bulldogs.  Tucker earned his bachelor of science degree in criminology in 1999 from Fresno State, where he was a WAC Scholar-Athlete, member of the dean's list three times and earned President's List honors one time for having a 4.0 GPA.

Tucker was a football and track and field star at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Calif., under coach John Barnes, the winningest coach in Orange County history.  Tucker helped his team complete a perfect 14-0 record his senior season in 1993 to win the school's third straight CIF championship.  He was a team captain on the track, where he participated in hurdles and sprinting events.