Reports: Ravens hire Wisconsin’s Thomas Hammock as running backs coach

The Ravens have turned to the college ranks to fill their running backs coach vacancy, hiring Wisconsin’s Thomas Hammock on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Hammock, 32, had been serving as the Badgers running backs coach, assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator since 2011. Previously, he served as running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator at Minnesota and running backs coach at Northern Illinois.

Hammock confirmed his departure from Wisconsin via Twitter, as did Badgers head coach Gary Anderson during his signing day press conference Wednesday.

During his three years with Wisconsin, Hammock coached now-Broncos tailback Montee Ball, who led the nation in rushing and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011 before becoming the NCAA’s all-time touchdowns leader in 2012.

In 2013, the Badgers ranked eighth nationally in rushing. During Hammock’s three years with Wisconsin, the team ranked third nationally in rushing yards per attempt (5.7), fourth in rushing touchdowns (121) and seventh in rushing (251.1 yards per game).