Coach Demarcus Covington leaves UTC program for job with NFL's Patriots

Coach Demarcus Covington leaves UTC program for job with NFL's Patriots

May 16th, 2017 by Gene Henley in Sports - College

UTC outside linebackers coach Demarcus Covington demonstrates a drill during a practice at Scrappy Moore Field.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

For the second time since he took over as head coach in December, Tom Arth will be making changes to his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff.

Only this time he will be looking for two positions.

Outside linebackers coach Demarcus Covington became the second coach to leave Arth's staff for the NFL, as he accepted a position on the defensive staff of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots this past weekend. according to a report from Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman. Covington's departure comes a couple of weeks after UTC running backs coach Shawn Bryson became the second head coach in the history of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia.

Bryson was the lone coaching holdover from former UTC coach Russ Huesman's staff. He was with the Mocs program for two seasons, after coaching stops at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne and Division I programs Temple and Florida A&M. That came after an eight-year playing career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.

In his two seasons with the Mocs, they averaged 224.1 rushing yards per game, and Bryson helped develop running back Derrick Craine to All-America honors in 2016.

Covington follows former defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, who is now the outside linebackers coach with the Chicago Bears. He had a successful playing career as a wide receiver at Samford but flipped to the other side of the ball once he got into coaching, with stops at UAB, Ole Miss and UT-Martin in his first full-time coaching position.

After that, he went to Eastern Illinois as the co-defensive coordinator before leaving there in December to join Arth's staff.

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