Moorhead tabs Charles Huff as first staff hire

New Mississippi State football head coach Joe Moorhead has made his first hire as Charles Huff has been named assistant head coach, run game coordinator and running backs coach for the Bulldogs, it was announced on Friday [December 1].

Huff, currently ranked the No. 4 recruiter in America by, spent the past four seasons (2014-17) as Penn State's running backs coach and special teams coordinator. He recruited and developed one of the game's most electrifying players in 2017 Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley.

"Charles is a tremendous fit for our program," Moorhead said. "He is intelligent and has an incredible work ethic. He does an outstanding job at teaching fundamentals, and he is a phenomenal recruiter. He is someone our players will really embrace."

Huff just completed his 13th season of coaching, which includes NFL and Southeastern Conference experience. In addition to Penn State, he's served at Western Michigan (2013), the Buffalo Bills (2012), Vanderbilt (2011), Hampton (2010), Maryland (2009) and Tennessee State (2006-08).

"I am excited to be here and ready to get to work," Huff said. "I look forward to getting to know our players as people and can't wait to get on the field with them. I am also excited to be a part of the Starkville community. It's very clear that this is a special place, a tight-knit community that has been very successful. With Joe's leadership and the team we have coming back, we have a bright future ahead of us."

Records have fallen at the running back position and on special teams under Huff's guidance at Penn State.

The Denton, Md., native is a 2005 graduate of Hampton University. He served as a team captain, starting 12 games at center as a senior in 2005. He also played guard, fullback and tight end in his career.

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