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Jay Boulware
Jay Boulware

Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coor.

3rd Year at Arizona

10th Year

Jay Boulware takes on additional duties as special teams coordinator in 2003, plus works with UA's running backs for the second year. He coached tight ends in his first season on the UA staff in 2001.

He worked with a variety of freshman backs in 2002 after nearly all backfield starters missed games due to injuries. It gives the club some youthful depth and game experience that will be needed in 2003.

Two of his charges, Mike Bell and Gainus Scott, earned spring newcomer honors under Boulware's initial tutelage -- and each later started games last year. Three other freshmen -- Beau Carr, Gilbert Harris and Sean Jones -- also were made game-ready and had starts for the Cat's under Boulware's guidance last year.

Boulware joined John Mackovic's Arizona staff with five other newcomers in 2001, working with the head coach at a second school. He also brought Division I-A playing experience under the UA mentor to the Arizona coaching complexion.

Boulware came to the UA staff from Northern Illinois University. He spent four seasons in DeKalb from 1997 to 2000. In his last three seasons on the Huskies staff, he coached the offensive line after working with the tight ends in his first year.

NIU tackle Ryan Diem, a three-year starter for Boulware, was a three-year All-Mid-American Conference selection and selected in the 2001 NFL draft in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts, the No. 118 pick overall. He was a team co-captain and earned GTE Academic All-America honors. The 6-foot-7, 336-pound Diem was nicknamed “Roadgrader” and recorded a school-record 800-pound squat in the weight room.

NIU’s 2000 offense was 12th in the nation in rushing and scoring and 19th nationally in total offense.

The three years prior to his work at NIU, Boulware was a student aide on Mackovic’s Texas staff, working closely with tight ends after his playing career was cut short by injury. An Oklahoma City native, Boulware was raised in Irving, Texas, and later earned two-time all-district and first-team all-state honors at Nimitz High School in 1990 before signing with Texas as an offensive lineman.

As a redshirt freshman in 1992, he saw playing time as a back-up guard and tackle during Mackovic’s first year as head coach of the Longhorns. Slated for starting duty as a sophomore, a heart condition caused him to give up football and concentrate on coaching and his studies. He earned a degree in business economics in 1996. While working on the UT staff, the Longhorns won the inaugural Big XII Conference Championship with a victory over No. 3-ranked Nebraska and rose to No. 23 in the final Associated Press poll. Boulware helped coach a trio of tight ends that caught 51 passes reportedly without one dropped ball, keyed by All-American Pat Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was a seventh-round NFL draft pick and earned a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship.

The Boulware File

Full Name:Jawara Boulware
Hometown:Irving, Texas
High School:Nimitz High School
College:University of Texas, 1996
Recruiting Areas:Dallas-Forth Worth, Houston
Bowl Experience:1996 Fiesta Bowl (as Texas G.A.); 1995 Sugar Bowl, 1994 Sun Bowl (both as UT student assistant).