Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Pittman names Loggains new TE coach
New York Jets offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains smiles before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman has added a first UA graduate to his staff by securing Dowell Loggains as tight ends coach, it was announced Tuesday.
FootballScoop.com reported on Monday that Pittman was in the process of completing a deal to hire Loggains, who most recently was serving as an offensive analyst on Coach James Franklin's staff at Penn State.
A native of Newport, Loggains was a quarterback at Arkansas who lettered between 2001-04 before embarking on an extensive coaching career.
Loggains, 40, began his pro career as an offensive quality control coordinator with the Tennessee Titans (2008-09) before taking over as quarterbacks coach (2010-11) and then offensive coordinator (2012-13) under Mike Munchak with the Titans.
He served as offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears (2016-17), Miami Dolphins (2018) and New York Jets (2019-20), where he was also quarterbacks coach. Loggains has also been quarterbacks coach with the Cleveland Browns (2014) and Bears (2015).
Pittman did not have an Arkansas graduate on his initial staff in 2020.
Loggains’ appearance follows the move of Cody Kennedy from tight ends coach to offensive line coach last week after line coach Brad Davis accepted the same job at LSU in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La.
Pittman has had a changeover of half his staff after one season, with wide receivers coach Justin Stepp replaced by Kenny Guiton, defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc replaced by Jermial Ashley, linebackers coach Rion Rhoades replaced by Michael Scherer, Kennedy sliding over to replace Davis, and tight ends coach Jon Cooper replaced by Kennedy and then Loggains.
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