Thursday, August 11 2022

CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – Evan Harrington, assistant football coach for Austin Peay, is set to join the NFL. According to Austin Peay Athletics, Harrington has given up his position with Austin Peay football to join the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Harrington served three months as the Governors short end coach after spending 2021 as an assistant at North Carolina Central. He is now on his way to becoming the Cowboys’ offensive assistant. However, this is not his first position within the NFL and NFC East.

Harrington spent nearly three years with the Washington commanders. He worked as assistant director of player engagement and offensive assistant. Harrington also played fullback for the Chargers. He made the college conversion at the University of Colorado after spending time as a linebacker.

Harrington gets to work with one of the most talented offenses in the league this season. He will be looking to contribute to a Cowboys team that went 12-5 last season and lost in the wildcard round of the playoffs to the 49ers. The team’s offense ranked first in total points, points per game and yards per game in 2021.

Passing Games Coordinator and Receivers Coach

In a corresponding move this week, Austin Peay Football hired Lanear Sampson as the team’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Sampson has worked for schools such as Central Florida, McNeese State, Missouri State and more recently Syracuse.

Sampson has experience as a player playing at the college level and in the NFL. He was one of the most prolific receivers in Baylor University history. According to Austin Peay Athletics, Sampson is ranked fifth all-time in school receptions and tenth all-time in receiving yards.

Coming out of Baylor, Sampson signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. He went on to play for other NFL organizations such as the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. After his stint in the National Football League ended, he moved to the CFL to play for the Ottawa Redblacks.

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