Arkansas has lost its running backs coach Joel Thomas to the New Orleans Saints, it has been reported.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Thayer Evans tweeted the news first, saying: “Arkansas RBs coach Joel Thomas has accepted same job w/ New Orleans Saints per sources.

Last year Arkansas was 24th in the nation in rushing offense, running for 2,834 total yards (218 yards per game). The running game – led by RBs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams – ran for around 5 yards per rush and 31 touchdowns.

The news comes just a few weeks after Thomas signed a contract extension with the school worth $280,000 per season.



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