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Gary Downs

Gary Downs

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ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush announced on March, 4, 2015, that he has added former N.C. State running back and NFL veteran Gary Downs to the Buccaneers’ coaching staff to direct the team’s running backs. Downs enters his third season with the Blue and Gold. 

In his first two seasons, Downs' group has been led by Jajuan Stinson and Falon Lee. The Buccaneer have both played in 20 of the possible 22 games in the first two seasons, with Stinson totaling a team-high 1,149 rushing yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. Stinson ranked ninth in the SoCon in rushing in 2016, while he has registered five 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons. Meanwhile, Lee has posted 532 ruhsing yards with one touchdown in his two seaons in the Blue and Gold. ETSU's rushing attack accounted for three games with over 200 yards on the ground in 2016 - 323 yards against West Virginia Wesleyan, 238 versus Cumberland and 205 against Western Carolina at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

In 2015, the Bucs also posted three games with over 200 yards rushing - 314 against Kentucky Wesleyan, 291 over Warner and 267 against Maryville. 

Overall, ETSU is 5-1 over the last two seasons when rushing for over 200 yards. 

Downs – who has spent the last three seasons as head coach at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga. before coming to Johnson City – played for ETSU offensive coordinator Mike O’Cain at N.C. State during the early 1990s, earning Academic All-ACC honors and was an All-ACC selection, finishing third all-time in rushing touchdowns and 10th in rushing yardage for the Wolfpack.

Following his college career, Downs was drafted in the third round of the 1994 NFL draft by the New York Giants. Downs was a special teams leader for the Atlanta Falcons during its 1998 NFC Championship season, and he played seven seasons with three different NFL teams before retiring in 2001.

Downs began his high school coaching career with Riverside in 2003, serving as running backs coach. Downs went on to serve as offensive coordinator for Riverside from 2004-06 -- a period during which the Eagles won the 2005 Georgia Independent Schools Association state championship and played in the GISA semifinals in '04 and '06. From 2007 to 2011, he served in the role of offensive coordinator and head coach of track and field at Mount Pisgah Christian School.

Along with his prep coaching experience, Downs also had a brief stint as an Atlanta Falcons’ coaching intern and one season as running back coach with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.

Coach Downs and his wife Tanya have a daughter Kameron (18), and sons Joshua (15) and Caleb (12).