Hammock expected to be named NIU football coach Friday

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Baltimore Ravens’ running backs coach Thomas Hammock is expected to be introduced as the new head football coach Northern Illinois University Friday morning.

ESPN staff writer Adam Rittenberg reported Thursday evening that Hammock is the choice of NIU administrators.

Hammock played running back for NIU. He rushed for 1,083 yards during the 2000 season when NIU went 6-5. The next season he rushed for 1,096 yards. Hammock was unable to play his senior season in 2002 when it was discovered that he had a heart defect.

Hammock later served as the running backs coach at NIU in 2005 and 2006 where he coached NIU great Garrett Wolfe.

Hammock has also been an assistant coach at Minnesota (2007-10) and at Wisconsin (2011-13) where he coached the nation’s leading rusher Montee Ball plus other talented Wisconsin backs James White, Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement.

Hammock has been with the Raven’s since 2014.

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