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Jay Graham is shown in this 2012 file photo. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

KNOXVILLE — According to multiple reports, Tennessee has hired former Volunteer Jay Graham to be its running backs coach.

Graham held that position the last two seasons at Texas A&M.

It will be his third stint in Knoxville as a coach, as he served as a graduate assistant in 2005 and coached running backs in 2012 in Derek Dooley's final season as head coach.

In between there was a stint at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where his backs averaged 177.6 rushing yards per game and Eldra Buckley was a 2006 first-team All-Southern Conference selection. Buckley would go on to spend five seasons on NFL rosters, rushing for 111 yards and one touchdown, scored while with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009.

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Tennessee running back Rajion Neal drills with running backs coach Jay Graham during practice Monday, August 6, 2012, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. (Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel)

Graham also coached at UT-Martin (2008), South Carolina (2009-11) and Florida State (2014-17), where he was instrumental in the recruitment and development of some of the top players in the country.

With the Vols he replaces David Johnson, who left recently to become the running backs coach at Florida State.

Graham rushed for 2,609 yards and 25 touchdowns during his Tennessee playing career, the yardage ranking sixth all-time. In 1995, he ran for 1,438 yards and 12 scores and caught a touchdown pass.

He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 and spent five years in the NFL before closing out his pro career in 2003 with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. In the NFL he had 454 yards rushing and two scores, both in his rookie season in Baltimore.

Contact Gene Henley at ghenley@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @genehenley3 or at Facebook.com/VolsUpdate. 

 

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