Report: Ravens to hire Thomas Hammock as running backs coach

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The Ravens have reportedly looked to the collegiate ranks to fill their vacancy at running backs coach.

According to CoachingSearch.com, the Ravens are hiring Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock to the same position.

Hammock replaces Wilbert Montgomery, with whom Baltimore parted ways at season’s end.

The 32-year-old Hammock has coached Wisconsin’s running backs for the last three seasons, with Broncos tailback Montee Ball among the players with whom he has worked. He previously coached running backs at Minnesota and his alma mater, Northern Illinois, where he was a standout running back before a heart condition ended his career. Hammock’s backfield mate at Northern Illinois, Michael Turner, would go on to have a long, productive NFL career with San Diego and Atlanta.

Hammock’s hiring is one of multiple changes made to the Ravens’ offensive coaching staff after Baltimore struggled on this side of the ball in 2013. The Ravens’ running game was a major disappointment, finishing 30th in yards gained per game and 32nd in yards gained per carry.