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Danny Barrett begins his second season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named running backs coach on Jan. 25, 2016.
Danny Barrett enters his second season with the Miami Dolphins after he was named running backs coach on Jan. 25, 2016.

In his first season with the team, Barrett helped running back Jay Ajayi produce the biggest turnaround by any NFL running back from the 2015 season. Ajayi rushed for 1,272 yards in 2016, the third-most in a single season in Dolphins history, and 1,085 more than his 2015 total, which was the biggest improvement by any NFL running back. Ajayi became one of just four NFL players to ever post three 200-yard games in the same season and now holds three of the team’s top six all-time single game rushing marks. Ajayi also became just the fourth NFL player to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back games after he ran did so in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh and Week 7 vs. Buffalo. During Miami’s 9-2 finish to the season, Ajayi rushed for 1,155 yards, leading the NFL during that span. Ajayi was also named to his first Pro Bowl.

Prior to Miami, Barrett spent five seasons at Central Florida, where he was named the school’s interim head coach on Oct. 25, 2015 and directed the Knights for their final four games. He also coached the team’s quarterbacks.

From 2011-14, Barrett was the running backs coach at UCF and helped the Knights reach unforeseen heights. In 2014, Barrett coached William Stanback, a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection, and helped UCF win the AAC for the second-consecutive season. Barrett mentored two All-AAC backs in 2013 as Storm Johnson was named to the league’s first team and Stanback earned second-team honors. Johnson rushed for 1,139 yards with 14 touchdowns and became just the eighth player in school history to top 1,000 rushing yards. Johnson was picked in the seventh round (222nd overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 NFL draft. The 2013 Knights won a school-record 12 games and went a perfect 8-0 in AAC play, winning the Fiesta Bowl for the first BCS bowl victory in program history. Barrett’s star pupil in 2012 was Latavius Murray, who earned All-Conference USA first-team honors with 1,106 rushing yards. Murray was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2013 NFL draft and earned Pro Football Writers Association All-AFC honors in 2015 after he rushed for 1,066 yards. In Barrett’s first season at UCF in 2011, the Knights rushed for 168.9 yards per game, the third-highest mark since the school joined the FBS in 1996.

Barrett spent the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Bethune-Cookman, where he helped the Wildcats to a 10-2 record. B-CU won a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the FCS playoffs.

At the University of Buffalo (2007-09), Barrett served as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. In 2008, the Bulls won their first Mid-American Conference championship and played in the school’s first bowl game, the International Bowl.

Barrett was the head coach and assistant general manager of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders for seven seasons (2000-06). During his tenure, Barrett’s teams advanced to the playoffs five consecutive times (2002-06) and reached the West Division final on three occasions.

Barrett began his coaching career in the CFL. He spent two seasons with the BC Lions as wide receivers coach (1999) and assistant offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1998). He also coached quarterbacks for one season with the Calgary Stampeders (1997). In Calgary, he was the position coach for Jeff Garcia, who went on to earn four Pro Bowl appearances with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Barrett played quarterback for 15 years in the CFL, totaling 23,419 career-passing yards for Calgary, the Toronto Argonauts, BC and the Ottawa Rough Riders. He twice quarterbacked on teams that played in the Grey Cup finals in 1987 (Toronto) and 1991 (Calgary).

A native of Boynton Beach, Florida, Barrett earned his bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati, where he earned honorable mention All-America honors at quarterback.

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