Chad Morris announces staff: Craddock to lead offense, Chavis named defensive coordinator

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Defensive Coordinator John Chavis leads a group of newly named assistants to the staff of Razorback Football Coach Chad Morris.

The 2011 Broyles Award winner, Chavis spent the last 23 years as a defensive coordinator at Tennessee (1995-2008), LSU (2009-14) and Texas A&M (2015-17).

Morris also announced the hiring of Joe Craddock as the program’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He comes to Fayetteville after spending the past three seasons (2015-17) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at SMU. Prior to SMU, he coached at Clemson for three seasons as an offensive graduate assistant (2013-14) and a player development coach (2012).

“Joe is one of the bright, young minds in all of college football,” Morris said in a statement. “He worked underneath us at Clemson and was very instrumental in our success there. I took him with me to SMU and saw him grow both as a person and as a coordinator during the last three years. He has a great mind and feel for the game, and I’m excited to have him on our staff and what we bring to the table in our high-powered offense.”

“I’m excited to have Coach Chavis as our defensive coordinator, which was a very important hire for our program,” Morris said. “It’s so important to play great defense in the SEC and Coach Chavis brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and success in the league to the table.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help Coach Morris build the Arkansas program and join the great staff that he is putting together,” Chavis said. “It’s a great time to be at the University of Arkansas and I can’t wait to get started on building a defense that our fans can be excited about.”

Trumain Carroll will serve as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach.

“Trumain transformed our student-athletes at SMU and the success we saw on and off the field was a direct reflection of the culture he helped establish,” Morris said. “He has a great pedigree having been mentored by Rob Glass and does a great job of emphasizing strength, speed, quickness and recovery, which are all important to our style of play. He’s a key piece to our staff here at the University of Arkansas and I’m excited to continue to work with him.”

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