Rice parts ways with running backs coach C.J. Anderson

C.J. Anderson’s time as a coach at Rice University has come to an end.

Rice parted ways with several members of its football staff this week, including running backs coach C.J. Anderson, according to a report from KPRC-TV’s Aaron Wilson.

Cameron Montgomery led the Owls with 561 rushing yards last season. Juma Otoviano ranked second with 403 yards and two total touchdowns.

Anderson, who won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos in 2015, started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at California, his alma mater, in 2020. Anderson then spent a season as the head coach at Monte Vista High School in 2021 before joining Rice ahead of the 2022 season.

Anderson is now a coaching free agent and the Broncos have a running backs coach opening after Tyrone Wheatley left the team to become the head coach of Wayne State University. Becoming a RBs coach at the NFL level just four years after getting into coaching would be a big jump, so Anderson would presumably be more likely to join as an assistant if Denver goes that route.

Anderson, 32, played in three Super Bowls during his seven-year career in the NFL from 2013-2019. He totaled 4,397 yards from scrimmage and scored 27 touchdowns while playing for the Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions.

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