Former Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice has been named the running backs coach at the University of North Texas.
Former Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice was named the running backs coach at the University of North Texas this weekend. The former was with the Mean Green in 2017, serving as the programs offensive quality control coach.
Choice will have the chance to work with talented rising redshirt sophomore Nik Smith who had 824 total yards on 156 total touches, an average 5.28 yards per touch.
Choice has been making the transition to coaching for three seasons now as he also helped coach with the Dallas Cowboys prior to the 2016 NFL season. The Cowboys were also the team that Choice was drafted by coming out of Tech when he was a fourth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Choice spent parts of six seasons in the NFL for four different teams including the Cowboys, he also made stops in Washington, Buffalo, and Indianapolis. Over his six seasons, Choice rushed for 1,579-yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 564 career receiving yards on 81-career receptions.
A former three-star recruit out of Hampton, Georgia, Choice spent three seasons with the Yellow Jackets from 2005 to 2007. He spent the 2004 season at the University of Oklahoma where he saw limited time while backing up Adrian Peterson. Over his three seasons on The Flats, Choice rushed for 3,365-yards including back-to-back 1,350+ yard seasons and 28 touchdowns.
His 3,365 career rushing yards rank fourth in program history and the most by any Yellow Jacket since the 1980s. His 28 rushing touchdowns rank sixth.