Curtis Luper
Curtis Luper

Position:
Running Backs Coach | 2nd Season

Alma Mater:
Stephen F. Austin | 1996


Curtis Luper joined the TCU football staff in January 2013 after four years as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn. He was on staff for the Tigers' 2010 national championship.

After serving as TCU's wide receivers coach in 2013, Luper was named the Horned Frogs' running backs coach in 2014.

During his time at Auburn, Luper consistently produced some of the nation's highly-ranked recruiting classes. He also helped the Tigers register back-to-back seasons of record-breaking offensive production and a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.

Auburn's rushing attack led the Southeastern Conference and ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 284.8 yards per game during the Tigers' 2010 national championship season. Auburn then set a school record with 3,987 rushing yards in 2011. The 2010 Tigers set team records for points (577) and total offense (6,989 yards) for the second consecutive year.

Luper tutored running back Michael Dyer to an Auburn freshman record 1,093 rushing yards in the 2010 season and Offensive Most Valuable Player honors in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Dyer was a Freshman All-SEC selection and second-team Freshman All-American. Dyer rushed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns in the 2011 campaign.

In recruiting, Luper helped bring in classes that were consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Auburn signed a consensus top-five class in 2010. For his efforts, Luper was named by Rivals to its list of the top 25 recruiters in the nation and one of the top 10 recruiters in the SEC.

In 2009, the Auburn offense set numerous single-season school records, including points (433) and total offense (5,613 yards). Luper coached running back Ben Tate, now with the Houston Texans, who rushed for 1,362 yards and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.

Prior to coming to Auburn, Luper served as Oklahoma State's running backs coach from 2005-08. He was also the assistant head coach for player development during his last two seasons with the Cowboys.

Under Luper, the OSU running attack led the Big 12 in rushing each of his last three seasons. As an assistant coach at New Mexico (2002-04), Luper coached the Mountain West's career rushing leader in DonTrell Moore. A native of Sherman, Texas, Luper started his coaching career at Stephen F. Austin (1995-96).

Luper began his playing days at Oklahoma State (1984-87). From 1988-92, he served as an air traffic controller for the United States Army.

During his tenure in the Army, Luper spent eight months combined at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala., and Fort Rucker near Enterprise, Ala.

Luper completed his eligibility at Stephen F. Austin as an All-Southland Conference running back in 1993 with a team high 1,054 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He signed with the Houston Oilers following his senior season.

Luper earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin in 1996 and master's degree in communications from SFA in 1998. He is working on a doctoral degree in secondary and higher education from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Luper and his wife, Nikki, have three daughters, A'rielle, Charitie and Cheyenne, and two sons, Cameron and Chancellor. Cameron Echols-Luper is a sophomore wide receiver on the TCU football team.


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