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Mitchell Named Assistant Head Coach-Running Backs

The Washington Redskins announced Feb. 13 that they have named Stump Mitchell as assistant head coach-running backs.

Mitchell spent the last nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as their running backs coach. During that time Seattle running backs recorded 1,000 yard seasons seven times (Ricky Waters 1999-00, Shaun Alexander 2001-05).

In 2005, Seahawks' running back Shaun Alexander rushed for a franchise record 1,880 yards under his tutelage and broke a NFL record with 28 total touchdowns. Alexander also earned NFL MVP honors and his third Pro Bowl berth in 2005.

"Stump is an excellent teacher," said Redskins head coach Jim Zorn. "He's been a running back in this League and I've gotten the opportunity to know him well during our time together in Seattle. I've seen first-hand how he teaches and he is a great addition to our coaching staff."

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Mitchell served three seasons as head coach at Morgan State University (1996-1998). He spent the 1995 season as offensive coordinator at Morgan State before being promoted to head coach the following season.

His coaching career began as the running back coach with the San Antonio Rough Riders of the World League of American Football (1991) and later he was the head coach at Casa Grande High School in Arizona (1991-1994).

Mitchell was drafted in the ninth round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent his entire career with the Cardinals (1981-1989) and still ranks first in franchise history in total yards with 11,988 and second with 4,649 rushing yards on 986 attempts and 32 touchdowns.

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