It took just a few days for Tennessee to replace assistant coach Charlie Baggett.
In an official statement, Tennessee welcomed back former Vols running back Jay Graham to fill the spot left by Baggett, who retired last week.
“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,” coach Derek Dooley said in the release. “Jay understands what it means to be a Vol, and we are thrilled to have him on our staff.”
Graham, who left South Carolina to join Dooley’s staff, played with Tennessee from 1993-96. Graham’s 11 100-yard games during the ’95 season are a Tennessee single-season record; his 14 100-yard games are second-most in school history.
“I have to get there first but we’ve got to work hard,” Graham said. “The way I played, I always tried to run hard and in this conference, you’ve got to run hard because you’ve got probably four of the top five defenses in the country.
“As a running back, you’re going to get hit, and knowing how to break tackles and do those things is what I like to teach. It’s pretty much how I coach in a nutshell.”
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.