Larry Brinson, a former National Football League running back with a track record of noteworthy coaching accomplishments, is in his fourth season with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Brinson had a 1,000-yard rusher in 2007, his inaugural year on the UK staff, as Rafael Little surpassed the millenium mark. Little finished his career as the No. 3 rusher and No. 7 pass receiver in Kentucky history.
Little's successor, Derrick Locke, earned second-team All-Southeatern Conference honors last season. Now entering his senior year, Locke already ranks among the top-10 rushers in school history.
Brinson also developed fullback John Conner, a fifth-round pick of the New York Jets in the 2010 National Football League draft, and versatile tailback Alfonso Smith, a 2010 free-agent signee with the Arizona Cardinals.
As a team, Kentucky rushed for more than 2,000 yards in both the '07 and '09 seasons, the most for the Wildcats since the early 1990s.
Brinson came to Kentucky after having coached running backs for 23 years on the staff of Ken Hatfield at Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson, and Rice. Hatfield's teams were usually running-oriented on offense, putting Brinson's players on center stage.
After helping Air Force win the 1983 Independence Bowl in his first season as an assistant coach, Brinson went to Arkansas. The Razorbacks played in a bowl game all six seasons with Brinson on staff, including two appearances in the Cotton Bowl after winning the 1988 and '89 Southwest Conference championships. Arkansas also played in one Orange Bowl, two Liberty Bowls, and the Holiday Bowl during his time in Fayetteville.
Arkansas was ranked in the nation's top 20 in rushing all six years that Brinson was there. One of his top Razorback rushers was Barry Foster, who went on to lead the National Football League in rushing in 1992.
Brinson moved to Clemson in 1990, going to the Hall of Fame, Citrus and Peach Bowls during his four seasons there. Clemson ranked ninth, eighth, and sixth nationally in rushing in the 1991-93 seasons.
Brinson went with Hatfield to Rice in 1994 and coached 12 years with the Owls. Rice had some dominating ground attacks during those years, often finishing in the nation's top-10 rushing teams.
Rice won a share of the 1994 Southwest Conference championship as the Owls ranked ninth in the nation in rushing. The Owls led the nation in rushing in 2004, ranked second in 1997, 2001 and 2003, and were third in the country in 1996. The school record was set in 1997 when the Owls ran for 332.7 yards per game and also rushed for 306.5 yards per game while leading the nation in 2004. His backs earned all-conference honors four times during his term there.
A native of Miami, Fla., Brinson was a four-year letterman at the University of Florida, playing in a bowl game each season. His career totals featured 1,105 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
Brinson went on to play five years in the National Football League, including three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1977-79) and two years with the Seattle Seahawks (1980-81). He scored four touchdowns as a pro player and had a career average of 21 yards on kickoff returns.
Brinson was a member of the Dallas teams that played in the 1978 and '79 Super Bowls, including a championship when the Cowboys defeated Denver in the '78 title game.
All totaled, Brinson has extensive post-season and championship experience. As a player, he participated in four bowl games, three NFL playoffs, and two Super Bowls (including one championship). As a coach, he has been involved in 13 bowl games and three conference championships.
Brinson has a son, Kody, and daughters Ashly and Olivia.
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