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Former RB comes back to coach Vols backfield

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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.”

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1 Response to “Former RB comes back to coach Vols backfield”
  1. editordon says: Dec 7, 2011 9:42 AM

    Jay Graham has proven to be a top-notch recruiter. He’s the one who landed Marcus Lattimore for the Gamecocks. I suspect this will begin a long career for Graham at Tennessee. This is a great hire by Dooley.

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