Feb. 23, 2009
TUCSON--University of Arizona coach Mike Stoops has hired Seth Littrell, most recently a coach at Texas Tech, to join the Wildcat football staff.
Littrell, 30, replaces Dana Dimel to coach tight ends, running backs and fullbacks for UA's offense. He brings familiarity with Stoops from his playing days at Oklahoma and connections to UA's offensive brain trust as an assistant at Tech.
"Seth has a consistent knowledge of our offense from top to bottom," Stoops said. "He will bring a lot of youthful enthusiasm and awareness to our program with his great passion for the game," he said. "I was able to watch him develop as a player and he's gotten off to an outstanding start as a coach," Stoops said.
"Man, I'm excited," Littrell said. "It's a pleasure to get with Coach Stoops. I had a great relationship with him as an OU player and have watched the progress of Arizona's program. It will be good to get back with Sonny (Dykes), (Bill) Bedenbaugh and (Dave) Nichol," with whom Littrell coached at Texas Tech.
"I'm' just eager to get around this program, work hard and win some games. It's an honor and privilege to join the Wildcat coaching staff," Littrell said.
His tenure at Tech put him at the forefront of wide-open spread-offense football under head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Leach. "I am a running backs coach so it's nice to run the ball, so I think maintaining a balance like Arizona had last year will be a key," Littrell said.
Littrell's running backs at Tech in 2008, Baron Batch and Shannon Woods, put up similar numbers to Arizona's Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin, combining for 1,435 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns - but also caught a combined 74 passes in the Red Raiders' passing attack led by quarterback Graham Harrell. The TTU rushing game added 119 yards per game and 28 running touchdowns to a unit that averaged 536 yards per game.
Former Red Raider running back Taurean Henderson closed out his career under Littrell in 2005, leaving the program with an NCAA-record 302 receptions for a running back and ranking fourth all-time in scoring for non-kickers with 414 points. The 2005 unit scored 25 times on the ground under Littrell and averaged over 100 yards per game for only the second time in the Mike Leach era. The touchdown total was the most in a single season since the Byron Hanspard-led Red Raiders scored 27 in 1996.
In 2006, under Littrell's guidance Woods earned All-Big 12 Conference honors after averaging 6.1 yards per carry and scoring 10 touchdowns on the ground, while grabbing 75 receptions and scoring twice more through the air. His 139.1 all-purpose yards per game led the league and ranked 13th nationally. Woods also had three rushing scores against Minnesota in an Insight Bowl victory, the most by a single player since Hanspard's four in the 1995 Copper Bowl in Tucson.
Off the field, Littrell's addition as a recruiter was a major boost for the Red Raiders. In his tenure he built a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the Big 12 Conference, landing top players from his home state and around Texas.
Previously, Littrell was an offensive graduate assistant at Kansas during the 2004 season where he was part of a coaching staff that was instrumental in turning in one of the best offensive seasons in Jayhawk history. Kansas averaged 23.8 points per game and 314.5 yards of total offense. The KU passing game averaged 220.5 yards per game.
Previously, Littrell was an offensive graduate assistant at Kansas in 2004. He helped the Jayhawks begin developing their string of successful offensive seasons.
A four-year letterwinner at Oklahoma, Littrell was team captain on the Sooners' 2000 National Championship team and played under Leach during the 1999 season, when Leach was the OU offensive coordinator.
Littrell rushed for 231 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season, finished his career in 2000 with 11 rushing scores. He scored twice during his career on receptions. The Sooners also played in the 1999 Independence Bowl.
The Muskogee, Okla., native graduated from OU with a degree in communications in 2000. Littrell and his wife, Becca, were married in July 2007.
Seth Littrell's Coaching History 2004 Graduate assistant Kansas, offense 2005 Running Backs Texas Tech 2006 Running Backs Texas Tech 2007 Running Backs Texas Tech 2008 Running Backs Texas Tech 2009 RBs/TEs Arizona
Seth Littrell in Bowl Games 1999 Independence Bowl Oklahoma player 2000 Orange Bowl Oklahoma player 2005 Cotton Bowl Texas Tech assistant 2006 Insight Bowl Texas Tech assistant 2007 Gator Bowl Texas Tech assistant 2008 Cotton Bowl Texas Tech assistant
The Seth Littrell File Tight Ends/Running Backs Coach
Birth date: July 24, 1978, Muskogee, Okla. High School: Muskogee High School College: Oklahoma, 2000 Playing Experience: Oklahoma running back Recruiting Areas: Houston/Oklahoma Family: Wife, Becca