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Falcons Name Keith Carter as Running Backs Coach

The Atlanta Falcons have promoted Keith Carter to running backs coach.

Keith Carter is entering his third season with the Falcons. He spent the previous two seasons as the team's assistant offensive line coach. Last season, he helped coach an offensive line that blocked for QB Matt Ryan, who threw for a franchise record 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns and earned the 2016 MVP award. The offensive line also paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged 120.5 yards per game, which was fifth in the NFL.

Carter was the offensive line coach/running game coordinator at San Jose State University for the

2014 season. The Spartans ran for 1,696 yards with 11 touchdowns while averaging 141.3 yards per game on the ground. Senior RB Tyler Ervin led the team with 888 yards on 158 carries (5.6 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. Prior to arriving at San Jose State, Carter spent two seasons as an offensive quality control coach with the Seattle Seahawks.

Carter spent three seasons at the University of San Diego (2009-11), serving as the Toreros tight ends coach in 2009 and the offensive line coach in 2010 and 2011. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, UCLA, as an undergraduate assistant before heading to Wagner College to coach tight ends in 2006. He returned to California in 2007, becoming the offensive line coach at the University of the Redlands. Carter played four seasons at UCLA as a tight end, H-back, and fullback.

He is a native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and the grandson of Pro Football Hall of Famer, Gino Marchetti, who played for the Baltimore Colts in the 1950s and 1960s.

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