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Quinton Ganther hired as Utah’s new running backs coach

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Quinton Ganther breaks a tackle from Mark Carlson of Air Force.

University of Utah’s Quinton Ganther runs away from Mark Carlson of Air Force. Photo taken Sept. 25, 2004.

Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News

After the departure of Kiel McDonald, who left Utah to take the running backs position at USC, Utah has hired a familiar face in Quinton Ganther as its new running backs coach.

Ganther played two seasons at Utah — 2004 and 2005. In 2004, he rushed for 654 yards and two touchdowns as part of Utah’s undefeated team that crashed the BCS. He rushed for 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns in 2005.

“I want to thank Coach Whittingham for the opportunity to return to my alma mater, and I am excited to get started coaching this extremely talented group,” Ganther said in a press release. “There is truly no place like home.”

Ganther, who was the running backs coach at Weber State from 2013 to 2020 under former Utah assistant coach Jay Hill, has eight years of experience coaching running backs.

Most recently, Ganther was an offensive quality control coach for former Utah head coach Urban Meyer with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While at Weber State, Ganther coached running back Josh Davis, who was selected as an FCS All-American two seasons in a row.

Ganther was picked in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. He had a five-year career in the NFL, playing for Tennessee, Washington, Buffalo and Seattle. He finished his career with 280 rushing yards and 151 receiving yards.