Former Tennessee running back Jay Graham has agreed to come back to Knoxville to coach Tennessee's running backs.
Graham was coaching the same position at South Carolina and played a big role in the Gamecocks landing All-SEC running back Marcus Lattimore before the 2010 season.
The seventh ranked career rusher in Tennessee history, Graham had a huge impact for the Vols in their dominant mid-90's era. Graham rushed for at least 100 yards in 11 of the Vols 12 games in 1995.
Two of Graham's greatest plays as a Vol were runs of 75 and 79 yards in consecutive seasons (95-96) versus Alabama. The second of which was a game winner versus the Tide.
Graham will take the spot vacated by former wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett who retired from coaching last week.
Darin Hinshaw was moved from quarterbacks coach to wide receivers coach this week and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will fill the role as quarterbacks coach.
Graham was a graduate assistant on the UT staff in 2005 and has served as an assistant at Miami (Ohio), UT-Martin, UT-Chattanooga, San Diego, and finally South Carolina.
The university released the following statement from coach Dooley about the hire.
"Jay is not only one of the most accomplished running backs in Tennessee history, but he has also proven to be one of the top running backs coaches in the SEC," said Dooley. "Jay understands what it means to be a Vol, and we are thrilled to have him on our staff."
I think Dooley speaks for all Tennessee fans in that particular statement.
Welcome home, Jay.