Entering his sixth year at Utah State, John Rushing has become the dean of current Aggie football coaches in terms of consecutive years coaching at USU. He will once again be responsible for coaching the Aggie cornerbacks as well as working with the punt return unit.
Rushing has spent the past five seasons working with the Aggie secondary and in 2003 he worked closely with Mark Estelle, who was USU's defensive MVP and played in the Rotary Gridiron Classic.
In 2004, the Aggie secondary was involved in the team allowing just 202.55 passing yards per game, which ranked 42nd in the nation. That season, Rushing coached Freshman All-American Terrance Washington.
In 2005, he coached Jarrett Bush, who was a first-team all-WAC cornerback and is currently with the Green Bay Packers. Bush ranked sixth in the NCAA in passes defended in 2005 with 1.36 per game.
In 2006, Rushing coached cornerbacks Marquise Charles, who logged 36 tackles, as well as Drew Pearson (34 tackles).
Last year, Charles was second on USU with two interceptions as well as second with 58 oskie return yards.
Rushing also coaches the punt returns and USU led the WAC and ranked second in the NCAA in punt returns last season, in large part to Kevin Robinson. He individually led not only the conference, but the country with an 18.9 ypr average.
Prior to coming to Utah State, Rushing spent three years at Montana State from 2000-02. While there he coached Kane Ioane, a unanimous all-conference selection and All-American Joey Thomas, a third-round NFL draft pick.
He also worked as a graduate assistant at Boise State in 1998 and 1999 when Guy was the team's defensive coordinator, and was part of the Broncos' Big West Championship team in 1999.
"I have known John for a long time," Guy said. "I like him personally and he is a good football coach."
Rushing also coached at Merced Union in 1995 and Willamette in 1996-97. While at Willamette the Bearcats won two conference titles and were the national runners-up in 1997.
Rushing was a four-year starter as a defensive back at Washington State and set a school record by starting 46 games. He earned honorable mention all-Pac 10 honors as a freshman and again as a sophomore. In 1991, he was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America team.
His senior year at WSU, the Cougars ranked second in the NCAA in total defense allowing just 229 yards per game and second in the country in scoring defense at 12.1 points per contest.
Rushing grew up in Merced, Calif., and attended Merced High School. He graduated from Washington State with a degree in sociology in 1995 and finished a master's degree through Boise State in 2005.
Rushing's younger brother Kevin Robinson was an All-American wide receiver and returner at USU from 2003-07, before getting drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft.
This past summer, Rushing was selected to be a participant in the National Football League's Minority Internship Program with the Green Bay Packers. Established in 1987, the Minority Coaching Fellowship Programs provides NFL training-camp positions to minority coaches every year.
Coaching Experience 1995 Merced Union Secondary 1996-97 Willamette Secondary 1998-99 Boise State G.A. Secondary 2000-02 Montana St. Secondary 2003-04 Utah State Secondary 2005- Utah State Cornerbacks