Vols assistant Jay Graham's 'love for Tennessee' dates to time as running back

Tennessee Athletics photo by Andrew Ferguson / Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham instructs his players during a recent practice inside Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee senior running back Ty Chandler has led the team in rushing the past two seasons but still needs more than 1,000 yards to surpass the total that Jay Graham, his position coach, compiled for the Volunteers from 1993 to 1996.

Chandler, however, already has 10 more receptions in three years than Graham amassed in four, reflecting a difference in eras as the Vols prepare for their start to the Southeastern Conference's 2020 season a week from Saturday at South Carolina.

"The game has changed," Graham said this week on a Zoom call. "We used to line up and dot the I (formation), and we were probably more progressive than others as far as getting the ball to the backs, which helped me in coaching. We used to be I football, inside the box, 10-yard fight.