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Gary Andersen Rounds Out Staff

Gary Andersen has rounded out his staff of assistants at Oregon St., naming Telly Lockette as the Beavers' new running backs coach.

Lockette comes to Corvallis after spending the last 2 years as the running backs coach for the University of South Florida. Before that, Lockette was head coach at powerhouse Miami Central High, after spending 4 years as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Miami Northwestern, where he was a star 2-way player as a running back and linebacker in his high school playing days.

Lockette, a Miami native, played linebacker at Idaho St. from1995 thru 1998, finishing his career as a Division I-AA (now FCS) All-American, so he has knowledge of the west, as well as bringing a valuable recruiting connection into the state of Florida, having extensive connections, as well as experience, on both sided of the recruiting process there.

"Coach Lockette brings a wealth of experience to our staff," Andersen said in announcing the hiring. "He is a terrific communicator with young people, a proven coach and motivator and is someone that will be respected immediately by our team and recruits. We are very excited to have him be a part of Beaver Nation."

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com