Kentucky football has hired their second running back coach of the offseason, this time being former Pro Bowler John Settle. The long-time assistant will also be the co-special teams coordinator along with safeties coach Frank Buffano.
Settle has 26 years of coaching experience, the last six of which he coached the running backs at Wisconsin (maybe the most most prestigious school at that position in the country). Among the long list of successful ball carries he instructed there includes two-time Doak Walker Award winner Johnathan Taylor, who rushed for over 6,000 yards in just three seasons before beginning his pro career with the Indianapolis Colts. Settle also spent six years in the NFL, proving again a trend from the latest Mark Stoops coaching hires in that they often have experience in the league.
“When you look at John’s resume and the places he’s been, coming from a great program and his NFL experience, it was a no-brainer for me,” Stoops said. “John’s personality, background and work ethic made him attractive. He’s done a remarkable job at Wisconsin and everywhere else he’s been. With his experience, he also will help with the big picture and special teams.”
Although Wisconsin has a lot of prestige, John Settle alluded to a growing reputation from Kentucky’s successful ability to run today, as the program has become a force on the ground. He also looks forward to diving into the mind of offensive coordinator Liam Coen, and developing strategies.
“Coach Stoops’ track record speaks for itself,” Settle said of joining the Kentucky staff. “What he’s done the last five years is impressive. He’s trending, he’s heading in the right direction. I like his energy and his approach.
“I also liked the opportunity to work with Liam (Coen) and a pro system, expanding my knowledge also was an attraction. Now was the right time to make a move, and this is a good move to make.”
Settle is a big hire for Kentucky, and the ability to pound the ball through the trenches might not be lost despite a changing offensive philosophy.