Friday Q&A: Recruiting, Burden, and ACC Coaching Hires

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Zohn Burden
Zohn Burden will serve as Justin Fuente’s running backs coach.

Burden Retained as Running Backs Cach

Zohn Burden has officially been retained by Justin Fuente. However, the news comes with a twist. Burden will coach running backs, with Holmon Wiggins serving as the wide receivers coach.

That’s interesting news. Wiggins was a running backs coach at Tulsa for one season, and before that he was running backs coach at Illinois State for five seasons. He also played running back for New Mexico. Meanwhile, Burden was a wide receiver in college, and he’s never coached tailbacks in college.

That tells me that Fuente really likes Wiggins as a wide receivers coach from their days at Memphis together, so much that he’s willing to risk Burden coaching the tailbacks.

I’m not worried about Burden coaching tailbacks. It arguably didn’t work out with Shane Beamer, but he’s just one example. Justin Fuente coached tailbacks for two years, despite never having played the position. Jim Cavanaugh was an offensive coach for his entire career before coming to Virginia Tech, but he turned into one of Bud Foster’s most valued defensive assistants. Former VT wide receivers coach Tony Ball has coached wide receivers and running backs at Georgia. College football is filled with guys who have coached multiple