The Jaguars are hosting two college assistant coaches during this year's training camp as part of the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program - Mark Garrett and Todd Middleton.
"We're glad to host these two fine young coaches during this year's training camp," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "They are able to gain valuable experience from seeing what the NFL is all about, and at the same time they are able to help us during this time which is so valuable to the development of our football team."
Garrett works with Jaguars assistant coach Mike Maser and the team's offensive line, and Middleton is helping John Pease and the team's defensive line.
Garrett is the head football coach at Assumption College in Worchester, Mass. He previously served internships with the Washington Redskins in 1996 and the Carolina Panthers in '95. A graduate of Westfield State College in
Massachusetts, Garrett has been an assistant coach since 1985 for the semi-pro Marlborough Shamrocks, Methuen Outlaws and Worchester County Tigers and at Assumption College and Nichols College.
Middleton currently coaches outside linebackers at the University of Kansas. A graduate of Wake Forest, he previously coached at Northern Illinois, Princeton, Army, Arizona, West Virginia Wesleyan and Chowan Junior College. Middleton was also a baseball strength coach at Miami (Fla.). He was a three-year letterman at defensive end at Wake Forest after transferring from Lees-McRae College, where he was All-Conference and All-Region.
The National Football League Minority Coaching Fellowship Program began in 1987. In 11 years, more than 400 coaches have taken part in the program, including 65 with 29 NFL teams this year. Thirty-one current NFL assistant coaches are graduates of the program.