When Charles Huff followed Joe Moorhead to Starkville last month, a number of staff moves followed to cover Penn State for the postseason and push towards the early signing period. However, Huff's primary role, coaching running backs, was left open. That position was finally filled on Friday, as James Franklin hired David Corley to fill the role and become the Nittany Lions' 10th assistant coach.
Corley spent the last season with Army coaching wide receivers, but oversaw running backs at UConn and his alma mater William & Mary from 2008-2016.
Here is what James Franklin has to say about his newest coach:
“David is a dynamic football coach who will be a great fit in our program. I have gotten to know David over the last several years and followed his career closely. He has continuously impressed me with his drive and passion for the game and recruiting. He has an infectious personality and competitiveness that will impact our running back room. People I respect in this profession think the world of David and his family and we feel they will be a tremendous addition to our Penn State community.”
A native of Salisbury, NC, Corley was a four-year starter for William & Mary, and holds program records for passing yards (9,805), total offense (10,948) and touchdown passes (73). He was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2014.
Corley will inherit a running back room in transition with Saquon Barkley off to the NFL. However, former five-star prospect Miles Sanders is the heir apparent, with senior Mark Allen returning along with redshirt freshman speedster Journey Brown. Five-star prospect Ricky Slade will arrive on campus this summer.