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Utah Football Names Quinton Ganther As New Running Backs Coach

Jan 12, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah Football head coach Kyle Whittingham announced today the hiring of former Ute Quinton Ganther as Utah's running backs coach with Ganther bringing seven years of Division I football coaching to the Utes staff.

Ganther, who spent the last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the offensive quality control coach, led the Weber State running backs room from 2013-20 as the running backs coach for the Wildcats.

"I want to thank Coach Whittingham for the opportunity to return to my alma mater and I am excited to get started coaching this extremely talented group," Ganther said. "There is truly no place like home."

During his time in Ogden, Ganther saw the Wildcats go 45-20 in his final five seasons with the team. They earned three straight Big Sky titles along with four consecutive trips to the FCS Playoffs that included a trip to the semifinals in 2019. The Wildcats finished in the top 10 in the nation each of his last three seasons.

Ganther coaches Weber State running back Josh Davis to All-American seasons in 2018 and 2019 with Davis also being named the National Freshman of the Year in 2018. He also coached fullback Clay Moss to a first-team All-Big Sky selection in 2019.

Prior to his time at Weber State, Ganther got his start in the NFL in 2013 after earning the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Seattle Seahawks. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a student assistant at Utah in 2012 while completing his bachelor's degree in sociology.

Ganther, a seventh round NFL draft pick in 2006 by Tennessee, spent six years in the NFL. He played in 36 career games, spending time with Washington, Seattle and Buffalo in addition to Tennessee.

The two-time All-Mountain West selection played two seasons at Utah after transferring from Citrus Junior College as a JUCO All-American. He set the single-season and career rushing yards records at Citrus College, also adding the career all-purpose yards record to his accomplishments.

In 2004 for the Utes, he rushed for 654 yards and was a part of the Utah team that finished 12-0 and won the Fiesta Bowl. As a senior in 2005, he rushed for 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns with his 1,120 yards still ranking in the top 12 all-time at Utah in single-season rushing yards.

Ganther and his wife, Bonnie, have three daughters, Peyton, Samia, Ryann and two sons, Cameron and Caleb.