Coaches

Jemal Singleton
Running Backs Coach
College:
Air Force
Hometown:
San Antonio, TX
Experience:
2

Jemal Singleton enters his second season as the running backs coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He came to Indianapolis with 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including nine seasons at his alma mater, Air Force. Singleton served as the special teams coordinator/running backs coach at Arkansas in 2015.

 

In 2016, running back Frank Gore rushed for 1,025 yards to become the first Colts running back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a single season since Joseph Addai in 2007 and the eighth running back in team history to rush for 1,000 yards. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older. Running back Robert Turbin registered single-season career highs in rushing touchdowns (seven) and overall touchdowns (eight). Singleton also helped with the development of versatile undrafted free agent running back Josh Ferguson, who saw action in all 16 games for the Colts. Singleton’s biggest contribution may have come in the form of ball security. The Colts running backs only had one lost fumble on 418 carries/receptions.

 

In 2015, Singleton guided Razorbacks running back Alex Collins to a career year. Collins started a career-high 12 games and totaled 271 carries for 1,577 yards (5.8 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. He also contributed with 13 receptions for 95 yards en route to being named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the best running back in the nation. Collins set career highs in every statistical rushing category despite recording consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his previous two seasons. He ranked among the best in the nation and the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards (12th in nation/third in SEC) and rushing touchdowns (tied for sixth in nation/third in SEC). Collins’ 121.3 rushing yards per game ranked 12th in the nation and third in the SEC. Collins was named Second Team All-SEC for his efforts and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

 

Singleton served as the running backs coach at Oklahoma State for four seasons (2011-14). One principle that Singleton stresses is ball security, and in 2014 the Cowboys running backs did not commit a single turnover during the season, combining for 509 touches with only one fumble, a ball that was recovered by Oklahoma State. In 2013, the Cowboys rushed for 35 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally. The mark also was the sixth-best in a single season in school history. Desmond Roland rushed for 13 touchdowns, leading all Big 12 running backs and ranking 31st nationally despite not starting until the seventh game of the season.

 

In Stillwater, Singleton was instrumental in the development of running back Joseph Randle. In 2012, Randle was a unanimous First Team All-Big 12 selection after leading the conference with 1,417 rushing yards. Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

The Cowboys had one of their best seasons in program history in Singleton’s first season with the program. Oklahoma State won the Big 12 and ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. Randle rushed for 24 touchdowns, the fourth-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision that season and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press. Singleton’s running backs totaled 10 games of 100 rushing yards or more.

 

Singleton joined Oklahoma State after 11 years at Air Force, where he served as the run game coordinator/running backs coach (2007-2010), running backs coach (2006), varsity assistant (2003-05) and prep assistant (2000). During his tenure as running backs coach, the Falcons led the Mountain West Conference in rushing and ranked in the top 10 nationally each season.

 

In 2010, Air Force ranked second in the nation with 306.5 rushing yards per game. The team totaled 3,985 rushing yards, which was the second-best total in MWC history at the time. The Falcons also rushed for 41 touchdowns, tying the MWC record. In 2009, Air Force averaged 283.5 rushing yards per game, the third-best mark in the nation. Singleton tutored Chad Hall in 2007, who was named MWC Offensive Player of the Year and earned Third Team All-America honors. Hall rushed for 1,478 yards and totaled 2,683 all-purpose yards, helping Air Force win nine games. Hall would go on to play three seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. In Singleton’s first season as running backs coach in 2006, the Falcons averaged nearly one less fumble per game than the previous season.

 

Singleton began his coaching and Air Force career as an instructor and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 2000. He was then stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., from January 2001 to January 2003 and served as a public affairs officer. Singleton returned to the Academy in the spring of 2003 and served as the executive officer for the athletic director before becoming the junior varsity defensive coordinator and varsity assistant coach.

 

Singleton earned three letters as a halfback at Air Force. He was named All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention as a senior. Singleton helped the school win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, including its first outright conference title. He is one of just six players in Air Force history to ever be elected a two-time captain.

 

Singleton, the son of an Air Force Sergeant, was born in Incirlik, Turkey. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 with a degree in social sciences. Singleton and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Morgan and Mallory.

 

Coaching Career

2000                Air Force                     Prep Assistant

2003-2005       Air Force                     Varsity Assistant

2006                Air Force                     Running Backs

2007-2010       Air Force                     Run Game Coordinator/Running Backs

2011-2014       Oklahoma State          Running Backs

2015                Arkansas                    Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts        Running Backs

Jemal Singleton enters his second season as the running backs coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He came to Indianapolis with 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including nine seasons at his alma mater, Air Force. Singleton served as the special teams coordinator/running backs coach at Arkansas in 2015.

 

In 2016, running back Frank Gore rushed for 1,025 yards to become the first Colts running back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a single season since Joseph Addai in 2007 and the eighth running back in team history to rush for 1,000 yards. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older. Running back Robert Turbin registered single-season career highs in rushing touchdowns (seven) and overall touchdowns (eight). Singleton also helped with the development of versatile undrafted free agent running back Josh Ferguson, who saw action in all 16 games for the Colts. Singleton’s biggest contribution may have come in the form of ball security. The Colts running backs only had one lost fumble on 418 carries/receptions.

 

In 2015, Singleton guided Razorbacks running back Alex Collins to a career year. Collins started a career-high 12 games and totaled 271 carries for 1,577 yards (5.8 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. He also contributed with 13 receptions for 95 yards en route to being named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the best running back in the nation. Collins set career highs in every statistical rushing category despite recording consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his previous two seasons. He ranked among the best in the nation and the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards (12th in nation/third in SEC) and rushing touchdowns (tied for sixth in nation/third in SEC). Collins’ 121.3 rushing yards per game ranked 12th in the nation and third in the SEC. Collins was named Second Team All-SEC for his efforts and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

 

Singleton served as the running backs coach at Oklahoma State for four seasons (2011-14). One principle that Singleton stresses is ball security, and in 2014 the Cowboys running backs did not commit a single turnover during the season, combining for 509 touches with only one fumble, a ball that was recovered by Oklahoma State. In 2013, the Cowboys rushed for 35 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally. The mark also was the sixth-best in a single season in school history. Desmond Roland rushed for 13 touchdowns, leading all Big 12 running backs and ranking 31st nationally despite not starting until the seventh game of the season.

 

In Stillwater, Singleton was instrumental in the development of running back Joseph Randle. In 2012, Randle was a unanimous First Team All-Big 12 selection after leading the conference with 1,417 rushing yards. Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

The Cowboys had one of their best seasons in program history in Singleton’s first season with the program. Oklahoma State won the Big 12 and ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. Randle rushed for 24 touchdowns, the fourth-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision that season and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press. Singleton’s running backs totaled 10 games of 100 rushing yards or more.

 

Singleton joined Oklahoma State after 11 years at Air Force, where he served as the run game coordinator/running backs coach (2007-2010), running backs coach (2006), varsity assistant (2003-05) and prep assistant (2000). During his tenure as running backs coach, the Falcons led the Mountain West Conference in rushing and ranked in the top 10 nationally each season.

 

In 2010, Air Force ranked second in the nation with 306.5 rushing yards per game. The team totaled 3,985 rushing yards, which was the second-best total in MWC history at the time. The Falcons also rushed for 41 touchdowns, tying the MWC record. In 2009, Air Force averaged 283.5 rushing yards per game, the third-best mark in the nation. Singleton tutored Chad Hall in 2007, who was named MWC Offensive Player of the Year and earned Third Team All-America honors. Hall rushed for 1,478 yards and totaled 2,683 all-purpose yards, helping Air Force win nine games. Hall would go on to play three seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. In Singleton’s first season as running backs coach in 2006, the Falcons averaged nearly one less fumble per game than the previous season.

 

Singleton began his coaching and Air Force career as an instructor and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 2000. He was then stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., from January 2001 to January 2003 and served as a public affairs officer. Singleton returned to the Academy in the spring of 2003 and served as the executive officer for the athletic director before becoming the junior varsity defensive coordinator and varsity assistant coach.

 

Singleton earned three letters as a halfback at Air Force. He was named All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention as a senior. Singleton helped the school win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, including its first outright conference title. He is one of just six players in Air Force history to ever be elected a two-time captain.

 

Singleton, the son of an Air Force Sergeant, was born in Incirlik, Turkey. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 with a degree in social sciences. Singleton and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Morgan and Mallory.

 

Coaching Career

2000                Air Force                     Prep Assistant

2003-2005       Air Force                     Varsity Assistant

2006                Air Force                     Running Backs

2007-2010       Air Force                     Run Game Coordinator/Running Backs

2011-2014       Oklahoma State          Running Backs

2015                Arkansas                    Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts        Running Backs