Texas Longhorns associate head coach/run game coordinator/running backs coach Stan Drayton is one of three assistants currently retained from head coach Tom Herman’s 2019 staff, but that doesn’t mean that he’s a lock to remain in Austin — on Thursday, reports emerged that Drayton will interview with the Dallas Cowboys and is also receiving interest from the Los Angeles Rams.
In fact, things could move quickly with the Cowboys, as Drayton’s interview is reportedly scheduled for Thursday. A move up to Dallas would also allow Drayton to reunite with his most successful protege, Ezekiel Elliott. Drayton helped recruit Elliott out of St. Louis in the 2013 class and then coached him for two years at Ohio State.
When Elliott got to the NFL Combine in 2016, he raved about Drayton.
“He was hard on me since I got on campus and he’s really the biggest reason why I’m here today and I’m the back I am today,” Elliott said. “He made sure when I learned this position that I learned it thoroughly, that I learned not just what I do but what the guys around me do. That made me understand the game so much better. He taught me how to anticipate instead of just going off of reactions and going off of instincts. That made me play faster and made me into a great player.”
So the two clearly have a strong relationship.
The other potential factor is that Herman revealed Drayton has ambitions to become a college head coach, but his career has seemingly stalled since arriving in Austin — he hasn’t been linked with any head coaching opportunities to make a jump like Mike Jenks made from Texas Tech running backs coach to the head coach at Bowling Green.
And Drayton hasn’t been linked with any offensive coordinator jobs, either, so it might not sense for him to return to the NFL, where he was the running backs coach for the Chicago Bears from 2015-16 before re-joining Herman at Texas.