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USF hires Pathon as receivers coach

Posted Feb 21, 2012 by Joey Johnston

Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM

University of San Diego assistant Jerome Pathon, a former NFL player and first-team All-American in college, was hired Tuesday as wide receivers coach at the University of South Florida to complete Skip Holtz’s staff for the 2012 season.

“Jerome brings a ton of credibility,’’ Holtz said. “He’s full of energy and excitement and I think his star is really rising in the coaching profession.’’

Pathon, 36, has been the receivers coach for three seasons at San Diego, a Football Championship Subdivision team. He played eight NFL seasons, mostly with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2001) and New Orleans Saints (2002-04), finishing with 260 career receptions for 3,350 yards and 15 touchdowns.

He replaces Phil McGeoghan, who left to become assistant receivers coach with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. McGeoghan and Pathon once were teammates with the Saints.

Pathon was a first-team All-American at the University of Washington in 1997, when he set school records for receptions (69) and receiving yards (1,245). He finished with 2,275 career receiving yards to rank third all-time at Washington.

In 1998, he was a second-round draft pick (32nd selection overall) of the Colts. The team’s first-round pick? Quarterback Peyton Manning.

Pathon, who was born in South Africa and raised in Canada, worked as a Washington receivers assistant while completing his degree in marketing and advertising. He also had scouting internships with the Colts and CFL’s B.C. Lions in 2008.

Pathon inherits a position of strength with the Bulls. USF counts Sterling Griffin, Terrence Mitchell, Andre Davis, Deonte Welch, Victor Marc and Ruben Gonzalez among its returning receivers. Additionally, former University of Florida receiver Chris Dunkley is eligible and incoming freshman D’Vario Montgomery could be an early contributors.

Elsewhere, Holtz has shifted position responsibilities among the offensive staff. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch will shift from running backs to quarterbacks. Peter Vaas goes from quarterbacks to tight ends. Larry Scott moves from tight ends to running backs. Steve Shankweiler continues as the offensive line coach.

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