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Sources: Kentucky expected to hire highly-regarded Big Ten running backs coach

John Settle is expected to be Kentucky's next running backs coach, sources told FootballScoop on Friday.

Settle is currently the running backs coach at Wisconsin, a post he has held since 2015 and for 11 years in total.

Under Settle, the Wisconsin running back room has been among the very best position groups in all of college football. Jonathan Taylor was his star pupil, a two-time All-American, two-time Doak Walker Award winner and the FBS record holder for rushing yards by a freshman (1,977). Taylor also set the FBS record for rushing yards over a 3-year career, compiling 6,174 yards with two 2,000-yard seasons.

Beyond Taylor, Settle also helped Corey Clement, Dare Ogunbowale and James White and fullbacks Alec Ingold and Derek Watt collect NFL pay checks.

In addition to Wisconsin, Settle has also coached running backs for the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Pitt and Fresno State. He helped James Conner win the 2014 ACC player of the year award, and produced six 1,000-yard rushers at Fresno State.

Settle would replace Jemal Singleton, who left last month for the Philadelphia Eagles, one month after joining the staff as running backs coach/special teams coordinator. Singleton was hired to replace Eddie Gran, who was not retained after five season as Big Blue's offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

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