Utah State football names offensive and defensive coordinators

Aggies coach Blake Anderson is rounding out his staff in advance of his first year at the helm.

(Photo courtesy of Wade Denniston, Utah State University) Blake Anderson speaks at a ceremony in Logan on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, officially introducing him as Utah State University's 29th head football coach.

The Utah State football team on Friday announced the hiring of Anthony Tucker as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Anthony spent the last three seasons at the University of Central Florida, where he took the Knights to a 28-8 record in that span. Last year, he served as the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach of the team after previously holding titles as running backs coach in 2018 and passing game coordinator in 2019.

“Anthony obviously did an outstanding job at UCF and was an important part of their success the last three seasons,” Aggies coach Blake Anderson said in a statement. “His offensive style is cutting edge and dynamic, and his West Coast background is critical for our recruiting moving forward. Anthony’s energy and offensive knowledge will be a great asset for the rest of our staff.”

Anderson also recently hired Ephraim Banda as defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He comes from the University of Miami, where he spent the last five seasons as safeties coach.

Tucker said in a statement that he likes the staff Anderson is putting together for his first season as the head man.

“Coach Anderson has put together a staff of quality people with great energy and football acumen,” Tucker said. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of this next great chapter of Utah State Aggie football.”