Football Announces Staff Additions
Jan. 23, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU football program has announced the hiring of DeMontie Cross as linebackers coach and Curtis Luper as wide receivers coach.
Cross comes to the Horned Frogs after serving as linebackers coach last season at Kansas. Luper spent the last four years as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn. He was on staff for the Tigers' 2010 national championship.
Prior to arriving at Kansas, Cross was the special teams coordinator and safeties coach at Wisconsin in 2011. His coaching experience includes both the collegiate and NFL ranks.
Cross spent five seasons (2006-10) in various positions with the Buffalo Bills. He joined the Bills as a defensive/special teams assistant in 2006 and was then promoted to assistant linebackers coach/special teams for three seasons. He was promoted again in 2010, taking over as the Bills' inside linebackers coach.
Cross made the jump to the NFL after spending the 2001-05 seasons as Iowa State's outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Cross' unit was a major contributor to the Cyclones' record-setting defenses during his stint. He helped develop Jeremy Loyd into an All-Big 12 performer and future St. Louis Ram.
Cross spent the 2000 season coaching a defensive backfield at Sam Houston State that ranked second nationally in the FCS. The Bearkats' pass defense was led by free safety Keith Davis, who was the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Davis went on to play six seasons and start 31 games for the Dallas Cowboys.
A St. Louis native and 1997 Missouri graduate with a degree in business management, Cross began his coaching career as the outside linebackers coach (1998-99) at his alma mater.
Cross totaled 415 career tackles at free safety for the Tigers from 1994-96. He led Missouri in stops as a junior and senior. He was second-team all-conference from the Big Eight in 1995 and the Big 12 in 1996.
Cross has two daughters, Jadyn and Sheridan.
In four seasons 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.