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Terry Russell, who has been affiliated with Duquesne football for over 30 years as a player, assistant
Russell mentored STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award winner A.J. Hines in 2016. Hines, the first Northeast Conference player to win one of the STATS FCS major individual awards, earned NEC Rookie of the Week a conference-record 10 times on the way to being named NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Hines followed up his debut season with the Dukes with another First Team All-NEC nod in 2017, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the second straight season to go with 10 touchdowns. Duquesne boasted the league’s top rushing offense in 2017, averaging 198.5 yards per game on the ground. For his performance, Hines was named a HERO Sports Sophomore All-American.
In 2015, Russell guided Duquesne's balanced rushing attack to 2.091 yards and 16 TDs. DU running backs earned NEC Offensive Player of the Week honors four times (Rafiq Douglas three times and Klartel Claridy once) and Rookie of the Week once (P.J. Fulmore) during the season. Douglas led the NEC with 11 touchdowns.
Russell, who was an integral part of DU's 1973 Club Championship team, played for the Dukes from 1971-74. He also served as Duquesne's head coach from 1984-87 - taking the reins for Dan McCann who was on a medical leave of absence.
This will be Russell's 27th season as an assistant at Duquesne. In four previous stints, he served on the staffs of McCann (1975-83 & 1988-92), Greg Gattuso (1994-98) and Jerry Schmitt (2005-08). Russell, who played quarterback, halfback, wide receiver, tight end and defensive back as an undergrad, has been just as versatile as a coach where he has served as defensive coordinator as well as coach at a number of different positions. He was a part of three Duquesne Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship teams.
Russell, who was named Duquesne's Athlete of the Year in 1974, completed his degree in education in 1975. He was inducted