Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops has named Eric Wolford the new offensive line coach, he announced Thursday.

Wolford, who was at South Carolina the previous four seasons as the offensive line coach, comes to the Bluegrass with 25 years of coaching experience, including two in the National Football League.

This season at South Carolina, Wolford’s unit helped pave the way for running back Kevin Harris to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing and rewrite the Gamecock record books. Harris finished the regular season with 1,138 yards rushing, just the ninth player in school history to rush for 1,000-plus yards in a season. He had five 100-yard games, including two with 200-plus yards, joining George Rogers and Marcus Lattimore as the only players in school history with multiple 200-yard games.

Off the field, Wolford was named a top-25 recruiter by Rivals following the 2018 February signing date.

Before coming back to Carolina, Wolford spent the previous two seasons (2015-16) in the NFL as the San Francisco 49ers assistant offensive line coach.

“I’m honored to have Eric Wolford join our staff,” HC Mark Stoops said. “I’ve known Eric and worked with Eric for a long time. I knew it would take a special person to fill this role and we found the best candidate. I know what we are getting with Eric Wolford and he will continue to build on the legacy that John Schlarman started. He’s intense, he’s detailed but he also has the unique ability to connect with people.”

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