Tony Dews

Tony Oshey Dews (born June 6, 1973) is an American football coach who is currently the running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He has coached at nine different colleges and has coached every offensive and defensive position except quarterback. He played college football at Liberty.

Tony Dews
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Dews with the Tennessee Titans in 2019
Tennessee Titans
Position:Running backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1973-06-06) June 6, 1973 (age 47)
Clifton, Virginia
Career information
High school:Centreville High School
(Fairfax County, Virginia)
College:Liberty
Career history
As coach:

College careerEdit

Tony Dews played college football as a tight end for Liberty University under head coach Sam Rutigliano. He played from 1992 to 1995, and was the team's leading receiver among tight ends his final two years. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1996.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Dews coached the offensive line at Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge, Georgia in 1997.

College coachingEdit

Dews coached the defensive line for Millersville University in 1998. He then became a graduate assistant for West Virginia in 1999, engaging with the offensive line and defensive backs. Dews helped the team win the Music City Bowl in 2000.[2] He then graduated with a master's degree from West Virginia in 2001. Upon graduating, Dews coached the offensive line for California University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and defensive line at Holy Cross in 2003. He moved on to Central Michigan and coached the tight ends and special teams from 2004 to 2005. He then became the linebackers and special teams coach for UNLV in 2006.[3] Dews returned to West Virginia in 2007 to coach wide receivers, helping them to win the Fiesta Bowl.[2] From 2008 to 2010, Dews coached wide receivers and was the punt team coordinator for Michigan.[4] In 2011, he coached tight ends and was the recruiting coordinator for Pitt. From 2012 to 2016, Dew was the wide receivers coach for Arizona, helping them reach four bowl games and winning three.[1] In 2017, Dews once again returned to West Virginia, this time as the running backs coach. The team reached the Heart of Dallas Bowl, losing to Utah.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Tennessee TitansEdit

On February 6, 2018, Dews was hired as the running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans under head coach Mike Vrabel. [5] In the 2018 season, running back Derrick Henry had career highs at the time for rushing yards (1,059), rushing touchdowns (12), and average yards per run (4.9). It was also Henry's first career 1,000 yard season.[6] In Week 13 of the 2019 season, Henry surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season. [7] Henry finished the 2019 season with another career year, leading the NFL in rushing yards with 1,540 and tying for the most rushing touchdowns with 16. [8]

Personal lifeEdit

Dews and his wife, Tamika, have four beautiful and talented daughters, Savannah, Sierra, Sydney, and Sienna.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "TONY DEWS". ArizonaWildcats.com. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "TONY DEWS". WVUSports.com. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "Dews West: Rebels Add Assistant To Staff". UNLRebels.com. February 4, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Retyi, Richard (June 4, 2009). "Michigan's Swiss Army Knife, Tony Dews". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "WVU RB coach Tony Dews hired by Tennessee Titans". WVGazetteMail.com. February 6, 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Gray, Nicklaus (December 30, 2018). "Titans' Derrick Henry tops 1,000 rushing yards in a season". Tennessean.com. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Derrick Henry a Nominee for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week". TitansOnline.com. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Wyatt, Jim (December 29, 2019). "Titans RB Derrick Henry Captures NFL Rushing Title in Playoff-Clinching Win". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Tony Dews". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved November 30, 2019.

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