North Texas standout Patrick Cobbs joins staff at Ryan

Former North Texas standout running back Patrick Cobbs will join the Ryan football coaching staff this fall.

One of North Texas’ greatest football players will be returning to Denton this fall.

Patrick Cobbs will join the Ryan coaching staff this fall as the team’s newest running backs coach. Cobbs played at UNT for five years is the school’s second all-time leading rusher with 4,050 yards.

Cobbs was the nation’s leading rusher in 2003 with 1,680 yards and played in the NFL for five seasons. Cobbs replaces Shelton Gandy, who left to join Hal Wasson’s staff at Southlake Carroll.

The 31-year-old said he’s excited to return to the area and join the Raiders’ staff.

“Denton’s always been my second home,” Cobbs said. “Denton will always have a place in my heart, and I think it’s phenomenal that I get to come back to Denton and pursue the second part of my life as a coach and not a player.”

After Cobbs’ last year with the Mean Green in 2005, he was the school’s all-time leading rusher. His career total was eclipsed by current Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar in 2011.

Cobbs was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots, was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers and eventually ended up with the Miami Dolphins, where he played all his regular season games. In 54 games with the Dolphins, he had 1,605 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns.

For the last three years, Cobbs was a middle school coach at Dallas Good Shepherd Episcopal. He said he was ready to make the jump to the high school level.

“I wanted to take it a step forward,” Cobbs said. “I felt like I had a little more to give than those kids were ready for, and I felt like the high school would be the perfect level for me.”

Check tomorrow’s edition of the Record-Chronicle for more on Cobbs’ hire.

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