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Football names Broussard as wide receivers coach

February 11, 2010

Former Washington State University star and NFL player Steve Broussard has been named wide receivers coach for the Arizona State University football team, Head Coach Dennis Erickson announced Thursday. Broussard replaces Eric Yarber, who accepted the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Broussard comes to ASU after having served as the running backs and special teams coach at his alma mater, Washington State University. He joined the Cougar staff in 2007, where he coached running backs for the last three years.

Before his time with the Cougars, Broussard coached running backs and wide receivers at Portland State University from 2004 to 2006. During the 2004 season, the team led the Big Sky conference in rushing, averaging 204.4 yards per game. Previously, he served as the offensive coordinator for Diamond Ranch High School in 2001, before being named head coach in 2002. Broussard began his coaching career at Don Lugo High in Chino, Calif. as the offensive coordinator in 2000.

Prior to his coaching career, Broussard played both college and professional football. Starting his professional career with the Atlanta Falcons, Broussard rushed for 1,472 yards, caught 48 passes and scored 12 touchdowns in four years. His best season with the Falcons was his rookie year when he played in 13 games, rushed for 454 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Broussard joined the Cincinnati Bengals for one year in 1994. He rushed for 403 yards and caught 43 passes in 14 games. In 1995, Broussard became a Seattle Seahawk for his final four seasons in the NFL. His best year with the Seahawks was in 1997 when he gained 418 yards and caught 24 passes.

Spending a total of nine years in the NFL, Broussard finished his career with 578 rushing attempts, 2,625 yards, 126 receptions for 882 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing and receiving.

Broussard was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons after completing his college career at Washington State University. Redshirted in football as a freshman, Broussard also was a top sprinter for the track team. Though during his redshirt season, Broussard managed to be the team's second-leading rusher despite only playing six games due to a shoulder injury.

Following his sophomore year, Broussard was named to the Pacific-10 Conference's second-team as a running back after leading the Cougars in receiving with 59 catches for 701 yards with three touchdowns. Playing 11 out of 12 games during his junior year, he rushed for 1,280 yards, which ranked seventh nationally and first in the Pac-10. Broussard was only the second player in conference history to lead in receiving one year and rushing the next.

Ranking first in the Pac-10 for all-purpose running his senior year, Broussard averaged 162.7 yards per game. He finished second in rushing with 1,237 yards, just 32 yards behind the leading rusher.

Broussard finished his college career ranked third on the WSU all-time single-season list with 3,054 yards. He finished fifth in receiving with 120 receptions. He ranked seventh on the Pac-10 list with 4, 635 all-purpose yards. Following his stellar college career Broussard was drafted in the 20th round by the Atlanta Falcons.