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MADISON - The moving vans continue to line up outside the football offices at the University of Wisconsin.
After spending one season at his Alma mater, tight end coach Eddie Faulkner has accepted a job on Dave Doeren's first start at North Carolina State as the Wolfpack's tight ends, fullbacks and special teams coordinator.
"Coach Faulkner was on my first staff at Northern Illinois and he's coached special teams, running backs, tight ends and fullbacks," said Doeren in a statement. "He's a very detailed, ultra-organized, connected recruiter who also has great passion and pride for special teams performance.
"Eddie has coached on back-to-back conference championship staffs - 2011 in the MAC and 2012 in the Big Ten with Wisconsin - and has been on championship ball clubs as a player, an assistant coach and coordinator. He also has experience as a tailback in the Big Ten on a Rose Bowl team. I look forward to working with him again."
Faulkner helped junior Jacob Pedersen win all-Big Ten honors and the league’s Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award. Pedersen was the team’s second leading receiver and his 14 career TD receptions are tied for 11th all time at UW.
However, he was not solely responsible for any recruit in Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class. He did initially recruit four-star defensive tackle Darius Latham to UW, but Latham de-committed to stay closer to home at Indiana.
Faulkner joins Chris Ash (Arkansas), Zach Azzanni (Tennessee), Andy Buh (California) Canada and Charlie Partridge (Arkansas) to accept other in the aftermath of former coach Bret Bielema's surprise decision to leave.
Faulkner, a Muncie, Ind., native, spent the 2011 campaign on Doeren’s staff at Northern Illinois as running backs coach and special teams coordinator. That season, the Huskies posted an 11-3 record, won the MAC championship and earned a victory in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
At NIU, Faulkner mentored All-MAC tailback Jasmin Hopkins, who rushed for 956 yards and 15 touchdowns on 187 carries (5.1 avg.). NIU boasted the nation’s No. 12 rushing attack with an average of 234.1 yards per game.
While also overseeing NIU’s special teams, Faulkner’s punt coverage unit ranked second nationally, yielding just one yard per return. Husky placekicker Mathew Sims was a first-team All-MAC performer while compiling a school-record 124 points (20-28 field goals, 64-66 PATs).
Faulkner was a member of two Big Ten championship teams as a running back at Wisconsin from 1996-2000, rushing for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. He posted three 100-yard rushing games, including 119 yards in a win over No. 14 Iowa in 1997 as a redshirt freshman.
“I am very grateful to Coach Doeren for giving me the opportunity to reunite with him and become a part of the Wolfpack family,” said Faulkner. “I look forward to working with him, the staff and our student-athletes at NC State.”