Vince Marrow, who spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Nebraska, has been hired by the University of Kentucky as tight ends coach, it was announced Thursday.
In 2012, Marrow helped guide NU's tight ends to a combined 45 catches for 579 yards and five touchdowns while their blocking ability helped NU rank eighth in the country in rushing offense. Two of Marrow's tight ends, Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed, earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors this season.
Marrow showed an impact on the Huskers' offense in his first season, helping Nebraska average nearly 30 points per game in 2011, scoring at least two touchdowns in every game throughout the season, a feat that an NU team had accomplished only twice in the past 10 seasons.
“Vince Marrow is an outstanding football coach and has been a valuable member of our program the past two years," said NU head coach Bo Pelini. "Vince and I have known each other for a long time and I am happy to see him get this opportunity to join Mark Stoops’ coaching staff at Kentucky. Vince will do a great job and we wish him the best.”
"I also want to thank coach Bo Pelini for giving me the opportunity to work at Nebraska and all I learned from him on and off the field," said Marrow. "My family enjoyed our two years in Lincoln and we wish everyone there the best." Marrow's son Mike is a fullback with the Huskers.
Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Marrow spent six years in the coaching ranks, mostly in professional football with NFL Europe and the United Football League. The year before joining Pelini's staff, Marrow was tight ends coach with the Omaha Nighthawks.
Marrow played in the NFL with Buffalo, Carolina, the New York Jets, Chicago and San Francisco. After his NFL days ended, Marrow played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 1998, earning all-league honors with 32 receptions for 345 yards. He also played for the XFL's Orlando Rage in 2000.