UAPB Football Select Benjamin Wilkerson as Running Backs Coach

Benjamin Wilkerson

Pine Bluff, AR. — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff continues to add successful coaches to its football staff as head coach Doc Gamble announced former Buffalo coach Ben Wilkerson as the Golden Lions running backs coach.

Wilkerson, who spent the last season as the assistant wide receiver coach in 2021 and the quality control coach and running backs coach in 2020 with the Bulls.

Wilkerson saw the Bulls clinch the 2020 Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division and the Camellia Bowl Championship during his time in Buffalo. Wilkerson also coached Jarrett Patterson, who led the nation in rushing in six games with 1,072 yards and 19 touchdowns, named second-team All-American by the Associated Press, MAC Offensive Player of the Year and named All-MAC First Team. Wilkerson running backs finished second in the NCAA in rushing offense (287.4 YPG/ 32 TD’s)

Prior to his time at Buffalo, Wilkerson got his start at Buffalo St. as the assistant coach/quarterbacks coach in 2019.

Wilkerson went on to play professionally for three seasons 2016-19, spending two years in Germany with the Franken Knights and the Munich Cowboys, one year in Finland with the Seinajoki Crocodiles, and then state-side in the IFL for the Cedar Rapids River Kings in 2019.

A native of Buffalo, he earned his bachelor of business administration from Alfred State, where he also coached the quarterbacks for two seasons. He also served as a youth coach with the WNY QB Academy.