T.J. Rushing, a Stanford alum and Super Bowl champion with the Indianapolis
Colts, enters his first season as the team's defensive backs coach.
“T.J. will be a great asset for us on the field, in recruiting,
and around the community,” ASU head coach Todd Graham said
when he announced Rushing’s appointment. “He understands
the importance of being a well-rounded student-athlete, and
knows what it takes to excel at the highest level as he was an
all-conference-caliber player at Stanford and spent five years in
the National Football League. He’s also shown he’s a proven winner
by being a part of a Super Bowl champion, two American Football
Conference championships with the Indianapolis Colts and a Rose
Bowl win with Stanford (in 2015).”
Rushing graduated from Stanford University in May 2006 with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Rushing rejoins the Sun Devils after he served on Coach
Graham’s staff for two seasons (2012-13), including one season as
a defensive graduate assistant working with the secondary and one
year in a defensive quality control role.
“I’m honored and excited for the opportunity to again work with
Coach Graham and the Sun Devil Football program,” Rushing said.
“I’m a huge believer in the vision Coach Graham has for this program
and it’s always fun and exciting to be a part of a great defensive staff
full of like-minded individuals striving for a common goal. Another
reason I’m excited to be back in Tempe is the opportunity to work with
the great group of student-athletes we have here. I’m excited for the
future of these young men on and off the field.”
Rushing was a part of an Indianapolis Colts team that won
Super Bowl XLI and AFC championships in 2006 and 2009. He
collected 1,290 return yards and a punt return for touchdown with
the Colts from 2006-09. He also spent part of the 2010 season
with the Detroit Lions.
Prior to his second stint at ASU, Rushing spent the 2015
seasons as a defensive assistant for Stanford. Rushing worked
primarily with the cornerbacks where he mentored All-Pac-12
cornerback Ronnie Harris and helped the Cardinal to a 12-2 season
and a Rose Bowl victory.
Rushing coached the cornerbacks at Northern Arizona University
during the 2014 season. He mentored a pair of All-Big Sky
Conference cornerbacks in Blake Bailey and Marcus Alford, who
earned first-team recognition.
While at ASU in 2012, Rushing worked with a secondary that
led the Pac-12 in passing defense and passing efficiency defense,
and ranked third in the nation in the former (167.92 yards per
game) and 10th in the nation in the latter (105.45). All four starting
defensive backs earned All-Pac-12 honors, including cornerbacks
Deveron Carr and Osahon Irabor and safeties Alden Darby and
Keelan Johnson, who combined for eight interceptions on the year.
A two-time All-Conference honoree, including a first-team
specialist as a junior, Rushing is one of the top kick returners in
Cardinal history as he tallied 1,409 career return yards and 27.1 yards
per return, the second and third, respectively, marks in school history.
Rushing played in 43 career games with 19 starts at
cornerback and had three career kickoff returns for touchdowns,
four interceptions, and 147 tackles, including 13.0 for loss and 4.0
sacks, as well as 14 passes defended, four forced fumbles, one
fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.
Rushing was also a member of the Stanford track and field
team from 2003-04 and competed in the 100m, 440m relay and
1600m relay. He ran the leadoff leg on Stanford's 400m relay team
in 2004 that broke the long-standing school record with a time of
39.71 and posted a 10.68 in the 100m.
Rushing, who is from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and his wife,
Taylor, have one daughter, Mora.
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