Jemal Singleton enters his first season with the Oakland Raiders as running backs coach.
Jemal Singleton enters his first season with the Oakland Raiders as running backs coach. He begins his third season in the NFL, having spent his first two years among the NFL coaching ranks with the Indianapolis Colts.
Prior to joining the Colts, Singleton served one season with Arkansas as special teams coordinator/running backs coach (2015), four seasons with Oklahoma state as running back coach, and nine years with his alma mater (2000, 2003-10), Air Force Academy, in a variety of roles.
In his two seasons with Indianapolis, Singleton helped Frank Gore amass 1,986 rushing yards, the ninth-most in the NFL during that span. Gore came just shy of 1,000 yards in 2017, finishing 12th in the NFL with 961 yards on the ground. In 2016, he guided Gore to his ninth 1,000-yard season, becoming the first Colts rusher to eclipse 1,000 yards since RB Joseph Addai in 2007, and also becoming the first running back age 33-or-older to rush for at least 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 (fourth player overall).
He spent the 2015 season as the special teams coordinator/running backs coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks, helping now-Ravens RB Alex Collins to a breakout year, as he finished with 1,577 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on just 271 touches (5.8 avg.). Collins set career highs in every major rushing category as a running back and was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best running back. Additionally, Singleton helped Collins earn second-team All-SEC honors and was eventually selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Prior to his stint with Arkansas, Singleton served as Oklahoma State’s running backs coach for four seasons (2011-14). In his final season, Cowboys running backs did not commit a single turnover with over 500 combined touches. He coached his running backs to 35 scores on the ground in 2013, the sixth most in school history, while his first two seasons were highlighted by mentoring future fifth-round pick RB Joseph Randle to back-to-back first-team All-Big 12 selections. Joseph led the conference with 1,417 yards on the ground in 2012 and rushed for 24 scores in 2011 en route to a Big 12 title. Joseph went on to be the Dallas Cowboys’ fifth round pick (151st overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Singleton spent nine years on Air Force’s coaching staff prior to joining Oklahoma State, serving as a run game coordinator/running backs coach (2007-10), running backs coach (2006), varsity assistant coach (2003-05) and a prep assistant (2000). In his tenure as running backs coach, Singleton led the Falcons to a conference rushing title and a top-10 national ranking each year, highlighted by a 2010 season that featured the nation’s number two rushing attack, averaging 306.5 yards per game and totaled 41 touchdowns, tying an Mountain West Conference record. In 2009, the offense averaged 293.5 yards per game on the ground, the third-best mark in the nation. In 2007, Singleton guided RB Chad Hall to a MWC Offensive Player of the Year Honor and third-team All-American honors after finishing with 1,478 rushing yards and 2,683 all-purpose yards. Hall went on to play three seasons in the NFL, playing with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2001, Singleton was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark. He served as the Chief of Media Relations as part of his military service commitment. In 2003, he returned to the Air Force Academy as the junior varsity defensive coordinator and varsity assistant coach. He began his coaching career in 2000 as a prep assistant, specifically as the team’s assistant head coach/offensive coordinator.
PERSONAL: Native of San Antonio, Texas ... Attended Air Force Academy where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences while also playing running back for the football team ... Played three seasons for the Academy (1996-98), tallying 941 rushing yards on 175 carries, adding four scores ... Was a three-year letter winner at halfback and was an honorable-mention all-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior ... Helped the program win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, including its first outright conference title in 1998 ... To this day, is one of just six players in Air Force history to be elected a two-time captain ... As the son of an Air Force Sergeant, was born in Incirlik, Turkey ... Has a wife, Jennifer, and two daughters, Morgan and Mallory.