DEKALB Stitched Tavon Young Jersey , Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois has hired former star running back Thomas Hammock as its head coach.Hammock is taking over at his alma mater after spending 16 seasons as a college and NFL assistant — the past five as the Baltimore Ravens‘ running backs coach. With the hiring announced Friday, he becomes the first African-American head football coach at NIU.Hammock fills a vacancy that opened last week when Rod Carey left for Temple after leading the Huskies to a 52-30 record and six bowl games in seven seasons.Hammock ran for 2,432 yards at NIU from 1999-2002 and was first-team, all-MAC two times. He was a Huskies assistant from 2005-06 and worked at Minnesota and Wisconsin before joining the Ravens’ staff in 2014.Baltimore finished in the top 11 in rushing in three of his five seasons. The Ravens were second this year, averaging 152.6 yards, and won the AFC North.Ravens News 8/15: Practice notes Youth Tavon Young Jersey , red zone efficiency and more Ranking the first-round rookie quarterbacks after preseason Week 1 - Neil HornsbyLamar Jackson’s overall grade was 54.3, well below Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield but still better than Josh Rosen.Red-Zone Efficiency: Highest red-zone grades among returning NFL WRs - Austin GayleMichael Crabtree is in good company. His red zone grade leads a top five that includes Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, Alshon Jeffery and A.J. Green. Harbaugh: WR John Brown exceeding expectations - Kevin PatraBased off the daily reports of John Brown making splash plays all over the field, he should be in line to start opposite Crabtree in two receiver sets. News & Notes 8/14: Time to Finally See What Kenneth Dixon Can Do - Ryan MinkKenneth Dixon will have a three game audition to prove he is worthy of a precious regular season roster spot.
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