The Indianapolis Colts have hired Maurice Drayton as assistant special teams coach, Lee Hull as wide receivers coach and Jemal Singleton as running backs coach.
The team also announced the hiring of Quadrian Banks as conditioning/performance analyst and Andrew Hayes-Stoker as assistant to the head coach. Additionally, Joe Philbin’s title has been updated to assistant head coach/offensive line.
Drayton has 17 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons at his alma mater, The Citadel. He spent 2013-14 as a summer coaching intern with the Colts. Drayton most recently served as the defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach at The Citadel for the last three seasons (2013-15). After the 2015 campaign, assistant head coach was added to his title.
In 2015, Drayton’s unit helped lead the team to a 9-4 record and a co-Southern Conference championship. The Bulldogs boasted one of the best defenses in the Southern Conference in 2015 and ranked second in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, sacks and pass efficiency defense. The Citadel ranked first in the Football Championship Subdivision with a school-record 515 interception return yards and five interception return touchdowns. The Bulldogs led the Southern Conference and ranked third in the FCS with 20 interceptions, which was the third-highest single-season total in team history. The Citadel also led the conference with 31 turnovers forced, 11 fumble recoveries, 10 passing touchdowns allowed, the lowest opponent third down percentage (.365) and averaged 6.5 tackles for loss per game. In 2014, Drayton was instrumental in the development of defensive lineman Justin Oxendine, who finished the season with 7.5 sacks, which were the most since the turn of the century. In 2013, the Bulldogs had one of the best defenses in the Southern Conference and finished third in total defense, second in rush defense, second in sacks (21) and first in opponent fourth down conversion rate (29.4).
Prior to his second stint at The Citadel, Drayton served as the secondary coach at Southern Mississippi (2012), assistant head coach/special teams/wide receivers coach at Coastal Carolina (2010-11) and special teams/defensive backs coach at South Carolina State (2008-09).
Drayton was an assistant coach at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School in 2007. He served as the defensive coordinator of the Seinajoki (Finland) Crocodiles of the European Football League in 2006. Drayton was an assistant coach with the Charleston Swamp Foxes of the Arena 2 Football League from 2000-02. He also completed internships with the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers in addition to the Colts.
After concluding his playing career at The Citadel in 1998, Drayton began his coaching career for the Bulldogs the following season as a graduate assistant/secondary coach. During his first coaching tenure in Charleston, he would serve as tight ends/offensive tackles coach (2000), wide receivers coach (2001), outside linebackers coach (2002) and secondary/special teams coach (2003-05).
A native of Moncks Corner, S.C., Drayton was a defensive back for The Citadel from 1994-98. He started at cornerback in his final two seasons and totaled 145 tackles, 17 passes defensed and three interceptions during his career. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1998) and master’s degree in education (2007) at The Citadel.
Hull holds 24 years of coaching experience, including 18 seasons at the collegiate level. He served as the 19th head coach in Morgan State history for the last two seasons (2014-15) and compiled an 11-12 overall record.
In 2015, Hull’s defense ranked fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Bears possessed the league’s second-best pass defense while ranking third in the MEAC in opponent first downs, opponent third down conversions and opponent fourth down conversions. Morgan State also had the best time of possession average per game in the conference. Four of his players earned Third Team All-MEAC honors.
In his first season as head coach of Morgan State, Hull was named MEAC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Football Championship Subdivision Coach of the Year Award after leading the Bears to their first Division I playoff berth in school history. Morgan State set or tied 57 school and conference season or game records. The Bears were picked last (ninth) in the MEAC preseason poll and captured a share of the MEAC Title with a 7-6 record and the school’s first winning season since 2009 (6-5). The Bears had a 6-2 conference record and earned its first conference championship since 1979. Morgan State finished with the MEAC’s second-best rushing attack (211.3 yards per game). The Bears totaled 461 rushing attempts for 2,536 yards (5.5 average). Morgan State ranked 24th in the nation in rushing yards per game and tied for 23rd in sacks allowed (15) on 300 pass attempts. Eight of Hull’s players earned MEAC honors in 2014.
Prior to joining Morgan State, Hull served as the wide receivers coach for six seasons (2008-2013) at the University of Maryland. He built one of the most talented receiving corps in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was instrumental in the development of future NFL wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Torrey Smith and Stefon Diggs among others.
Hull coached for five seasons at Oregon State, serving as the running backs coach (2003-04) and wide receivers coach (2005-07). In Corvallis, he coached three All-America selections, including a pair of wideouts, and was a member of four bowl wins. In 2006, wide receiver Sammie Stroughter earned All-America status after leading the Pac-10 Conference and ranking 10th in the nation in receiving yards per game (92.4). Stroughter went on to be selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft. In 2005, Hull coached wide receiver Mike Hass, who was named First Team All-America and the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver. Hull coached future NFL running back Steven Jackson in 2003. Jackson garnered First Team All-Pac-10 and Third Team All-America honors and was selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Prior to Oregon State, Hull was on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Holy Cross, for five seasons (1998-2002). While at Holy Cross, Hull participated in the NFL’s Minority Internship Program with the San Diego Chargers (2000-01). In 2007, he attended the Minority Coaches Forum in Chandler, Arizona. Hull also interned as a volunteer assistant coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 1999.
Hull began his coaching career at the high school level in Massachusetts. He was the head coach at South High School from 1996-97 after serving as the school’s offensive coordinator from 1992-94. Hull was the passing game coordinator at Auburn High School in 1995.
After graduating from Holy Cross, Hull played three seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1990-92) and Toronto Argonauts (1992). In 1990, the Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup. Hull also signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent in 1998.
Hull was a standout receiver at Holy Cross from 1984-87, playing under former Maryland head coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach Mark Duffner his final two seasons. The Crusaders were 21-1 in his final two collegiate seasons. In 1987, Holy Cross was ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA and won the Colonial League title and the Lambert Cup. Hull was a preseason All-America choice as a junior. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Holy Cross in 1988 and a master’s in secondary education from Worcester State in 1995.
A native of Vineland, N.J., Hull earned two letters as a wide receiver for Vineland High School. He was selected All-Cape League, First Team All-South Jersey, First Team All-New Jersey Group-4, honorable mention all-state and the Vineland Student-Athlete of the Year. He was also a track performer and competed in the long jump and ran the 400 meters.
Singleton holds 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including nine seasons at his alma mater, Air Force. He served as the special teams coordinator/running backs coach at Arkansas in 2015.
Last season, Singleton guided Razorbacks running back Alex Collins to a career year. Collins started a career-high 12 games and totaled 271 carries for 1,577 yards (5.8 average) and 20 touchdowns. He also contributed with 13 receptions for 95 yards en route to being named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the best running back in the nation. Collins set career highs in every statistical rushing category despite recording consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his previous two seasons. He ranked among the best in the nation and the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards (12th in nation/third in SEC) and rushing touchdowns (tied for sixth in nation/third in SEC). Collins’ 121.3 rushing yards per game ranked 12th in the nation and third in the SEC. Collins was named Second Team All-SEC for his efforts.
Singleton served as the running backs coach at Oklahoma State for four seasons (2011-14). In 2014, the Cowboys running backs did not commit a single turnover during the season, combining for 509 touches with only one fumble, a ball that was recovered by Oklahoma State. In 2013, the Cowboys rushed for 35 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally. The mark also was the sixth-best in a single season in school history. Desmond Roland rushed for 13 touchdowns, leading all Big 12 running backs and ranking 31st nationally despite not starting until the seventh game of the season.
In Stillwater, Singleton was instrumental in the development of running back Joseph Randle. In 2012, Randle was a unanimous First Team All-Big 12 selection after leading the conference with 1,417 rushing yards. Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Cowboys had one of their best seasons in program history in Singleton’s first season with the program. Oklahoma State won the Big 12 and ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. Randle rushed for 24 touchdowns, the fourth-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision that season and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press. Singleton’s running backs totaled 10 games of 100 yards or more.
Singleton joined Oklahoma State after 11 years at Air Force, where he served as the run game coordinator/running backs (2007-2010), running backs coach (2006), varsity assistant (2003-05) and prep assistant (2000). During his tenure as running backs coach, the Falcons led the Mountain West Conference in rushing and ranked in the top 10 nationally each season.
Singleton began his coaching and Air Force career as an instructor and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 2000. He was then stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., from January 2001 to January 2003 and served as a public affairs officer. Singleton returned to the Academy in the spring of 2003 and served as the executive officer for the athletic director before becoming the junior varsity defensive coordinator and varsity assistant coach.
Singleton earned three letters at halfback at Air Force. He was named All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention as a senior. Singleton helped the school win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, including its first outright conference title. He is one of just six players in Air Force history to ever be elected a two-time captain.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Singleton graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 with a degree in social sciences.
Banks served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for the last three seasons (2013-15). He has 11 years of coaching experience, including eight years at the collegiate level.
Prior to joining the NFL, Banks was the director of athletic performance for two seasons (2011-12) at Gardner-Webb University, where he and his staff were responsible for the school’s 21 intercollegiate teams. He was originally hired as the football program’s director of strength and conditioning in 2011.
Banks served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Mississippi from 2008-2010 and the University of Richmond from 2007-08. At Richmond, he was part of a staff that helped develop the football team into a national championship program as the Spiders finished with a 9-3 record and won the 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision National Championship over Montana.
In 2007, Banks was the assistant director of athletic performance at Hampton University. He assisted in the development of current Colts defensive end Kendall Langford, whom was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Banks joined Hampton’s staff after two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Prairie View A&M.
Banks began his career as a student assistant with the strength and conditioning program at his alma mater, the University of Texas, where he worked exclusively with the football and basketball programs. He also worked in the private sector with Train 4 The Game in Austin, Texas (2003-04) and Velocity Sports Performance (2006).
A native of Dallas, Texas, Banks graduated from Texas with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, health promotion and fitness in 2003. He also earned his master’s degree in health and physical education from Prairie View A&M in 2005.
Hayes-Stoker served as the wide receivers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last two seasons (2014-15). He has eight years of coaching experience, including five seasons in the NFL.
In Tampa Bay, he was instrumental in the development of wide receiver Mike Evans, whom the Buccaneers drafted in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Under Hayes-Stoker’s tutelage, Evans caught 142 passes for 2,257 yards and 15 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He also set a franchise-record with 12 touchdown receptions as a rookie in 2014. Evans recorded 1,051 receiving yards in 2014 and teamed up with fellow wide receiver Vincent Jackson (1,002) to become the first Buccaneers teammates to each have 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.
Hayes-Stoker came to Tampa Bay after serving as the running backs coach at Florida International in 2013. He previously served in various roles with the Chicago Bears as offensive assistant/wide receivers coach (2012), offensive quality control coach (2010-11) and football operations assistant (2006-09).
Prior to entering the NFL ranks, Hayes-Stoker began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M (2005-06). He also worked as a recruiter at his alma mater, Texas Christian University (2004-05).
Hayes-Stoker played tailback for four seasons (1999-2002) at TCU. He was a two-time team captain and earned All-America academic honors. A native of Arlington, Texas, Hayes-Stoker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived quarterback Ryan Lindley.
Lindley, 6-3, 232 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on December 29, 2015. He played in the Colts regular season finale vs. Tennessee and completed 6-of-10 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown. Lindley has played in 10 career NFL games (six starts) and completed 140-of-274 passes for 1,372 yards with three touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
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