Utah's last vacant football coaching position has finally been filled, with the Utes announcing Tuesday that J.D. Williams, a former Washington and California assistant, has been hired to oversee the cornerbacks.
With his hiring, Aaron Alford, who was responsible for the corners for the last two seasons, will coach the running backs. Dave Schramm, who was named the new offensive coordinator on Jan. 17, will mentor the quarterbacks.
Morgan Scalley, who coaches the safeties, will take over as recruiting coordinator for Schramm.
The 42-year-old Williams spent the last three seasons as the defensive backs coach at Washington and previously coached the secondary at Cal for four seasons.
"We're pleased to announce the addition of J.D. Williams to our coaching staff," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We took time with this hire and after a national search we feel that we came away with the right fit for our program."
Williams played for Fresno State and was a first-round draft choice in 1990, going to the Buffalo Bills. He played in four Super Bowls with the Bills and also played for the Cardinals and 49ers before leaving the NFL after the 1996 season.