MARTIN, Tenn. – Abou Toure has joined The University of Tennessee at Martin football team, head coach Jason Simpson has announced. A 6-2, 230-pound running back originally born in the Ivory Coast, Toure will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Skyhawks after playing last season at Football Bowl Subdivision school Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
“We are excited to have Abou join our backfield,” Simpson said. “It’s always good to have big, physical running backs and Abou fits that mold.”
Toure played under head coach Gary Andersen at Utah State last season. The Aggies set a school record with 11 victories (including a perfect 6-0 Western Athletic Conference record) and ended the season ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll.
Playing behind honorable mention All-American and eventual NFL Draft pick Kerwynn Williams, Toure saw action in one game last season, tallying two carries for six yards in Utah State’s season-opening 34-3 win over Southern Utah on Aug. 30.
Before Utah State, Toure played for head coach Todd Vasey at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., where the Bulldogs finished with an 8-1 record in 2011. Toure scored a pair of touchdowns in the season opener against Naval Academy Prep School before a high ankle sprain led to a season-ending injury and a medical redshirt.
Toure experienced tremendous success as a freshman while attending Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Pa. in 2010. Playing under head coach Don DiCarlo, Toure chalked up first team All-Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference accolades after rushing for more than 1,000 yards and helping the Trojans to an undefeated season.
As a prep, Toure attended Framingham High School in Framingham, Mass. Playing for head coach Gary Doherty, Toure amassed 1,204 yards on 144 carries with 11 touchdowns to guide the Flyers to the 2009 state championship. He garnered first team All-Bay State Conference accolades and was selected to play in the Shrine All-Star Game.
UT Martin is coming off an 8-3 season in 2012, tying a program record with six Ohio Valley Conference victories.