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Spears picks Eugene as quarterbacks coach

Alcorn State University Head Football Coach Melvin Spears continues to round out his coaching staff, naming New Orleans native and former Grambling State University star Bruce Eugene as his quarterbacks coach.

Eugene, a 2005 graduate of GSU, played for newly named GSU coach Doug Williams, and got tutelage from Spears, who was the quarterbacks coach at the time.

The big guy, who still looks like he could suit up today, will be impacting his knowledge to Brandon 'Air Canada' Bridges, a standout in his first season at Alcorn State.

Eugene became one of the top players 1st Division 1-AA College Football, breaking Grambling and SWAC records in the process. He was a three-time finalist for the renowned Walter Payton Award. He completed his college career with 13,530 passing yards, 140 passing touchdowns, four SWAC championships, SWAC Offensive Player of the Year and Championship Player of the Game, Bayou Classic MVP and the coveted Doug Williams Award.

Eugene began his coaching career with the beneficial experience of coaching under Melvin 'Showtime' Spears as a quarterback coach for GSU. Later, he was signed by the NFL‘s New Orleans Saints and continued to play for the Canadian Football League, NFL European League and the Arena Football League.

Eugene has been coaching in New York City‘s PSAL Varsity Football as a quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator at Brooklyn Tech High School, Erasmus Hall High and co-head coach at Franklin K. Lane High.

Eugene was living in Brooklyn, New York with his fiancée and daughter Eden before getting the call from coach Spears.

Eugene said this about coaching for Spears, "I learned a lot from him and have the chance now to share that knowledge with Brandon and all of the other quarterbacks here at Alcorn State. It is indeed an honor for me to work for Spears and work toward having an explosive offense."

Spears is glad to have Eugene on board. "He has great leadership abilities and our quarterbacks will learn many things from him. He knows how to make adjustments during the game and I look forward to Alcorn State having an outstanding passing game, like in the days of Steve McNair."