*Five things you need to know about Giants head coach candidate Eric Studesville: *
- Eric Studesville just completed his eighth season as running backs coach for the Denver Broncos with the added responsibility of assistant head coach under Vance Joseph in 2017. He was hired by the club on Jan. 23, 2010. Studesville has coached running backs in the NFL for 17 seasons, and has coached in the league for 21 years overall. Studesville, along with five other assistant coaches, were dismissed by the Broncos on Jan. 1.
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2. He spent six seasons (2004-09) coaching running backs in Buffalo following a three-year stint in that capacity with the New York Giants. From 2001-03, Studesville coached the Giants' running backs and helped Tiki Barber post two 1,000-yard rushing efforts while ranking seventh in the league in yards per rush (4.6) and ninth in rushing yards (3,468). Barber also led all NFC running backs with 210 receptions and placed fifth in the league with 5,103 yards from scrimmage during that three-year period. Studesville's NFL coaching career began in 1997 with Chicago following six years working at the collegiate level.
- He has coached three Pro Bowl selections as running backs coach: Marshawn Lynch (2008), Willis McGahee (2011) and C.J. Anderson (2014). During that time, Studesville has guided five individuals to a total of nine 1,000-yard rushing seasons with McGahee (3), Tiki Barber (2), Lynch (2), Knowshon Moreno (1) and Fred Jackson (1) reaching the mark. Studesville joined the Bills as running backs coach in 2004 and instructed McGahee in his first year, helping the 23rd overall pick become the fourth rookie in team history to reach 1,000 rushing yards (1,128) and tie a club rookie record with 13 rushing touchdowns. McGahee rushed for at least 100 yards in his first three starts, becoming only the third back since the 1970 NFL merger to accomplish that feat.
- Studesville guided a Broncos ground attack in 2015 that improved drastically through the course of Denver's championship season. Ronnie Hillman (4) and Anderson (2) combined for six individual 100-yard rushing games to tie for the third-most 100-yard efforts by an NFL team in 2015. The duo was particularly effective late in games as they each totaled 228 rushing yards in the fourth quarter to tie for the seventh-highest totals in the NFL. Anderson led all NFL backs in rushing attempts (54) and rushing yards (234) during the 2015 postseason, including a 23-carry, 90-yard effort in Super Bowl 50 against Carolina in which he helped seal the win with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
- Studesville began his NFL career with the Bears, working with the club during its 1996 training camp as part of the NFL minority coaching fellowship and spending 1997-2000 in Chicago handling offensive quality control duties. Before moving into the NFL coaching ranks, Studesville was the secondary coach at Kent State University (1995-96) and Wingate University (1994). He worked at the University of North Carolina as a video assistant from 1992-93 after serving as a graduate assistant in 1991 at the University of Arizona, where he earned a master's degree in exercise physiology.
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Born May 29, 1967, in Madison, Wisconsin, he played defensive back at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating from the school with a bachelor's degree in physical education.
Photos of head coaching candidate Eric Studesville, who was the Broncos' assistant head coach in 2017