New Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel pretty much has his offensive staff in place, minus a running backs coach.
Heupel is bringing the bulk of his offensive staff from UCF with him to Knoxville.
Alex Golesh will serve as tight ends coach/offensive coordinator. Glen Elarbee is set to be the offensive line coach. Former Auburn standout Kodi Burns will be the wide receivers coach. And Joey Halzle will be the quarterbacks coach.
(None of these hires have been officially announced by Tennessee yet.)
That leaves just the running backs coach position vacant.
Heupel hired Matt Merritt at UCF this offseason. And it looks like Merritt will go to UT with Heupel, but it will likely be in an off-field role.
I recently mentioned Memphis running backs coach Anthony Jones as an option for the Vols. He’d provide Tennessee with some strong recruiting connections in Memphis.
Another option for Heupel is Las Vegas Raiders offensive quality control coach Cameron Clemmons.
Clemmons served as a graduate assistant at Tennessee from 2016-2018. He was an offensive analyst for the Vols in 2019, before leaving for the Raiders in 2020.
In 2016, Clemmons worked closely with running backs at Tennessee (Alvin Kamara, John Kelly, and Jalen Hurd). Clemmons has also spent time with the New England Patriots and Eastern Kentucky.
Clemmons is a Mount Juliet, TN native, so he could definitely help this staff with recruiting in the mid-state (which is extremely important).
It’s been quiet on this front so far. No one is really sure which direction Heupel is looking. But this is a hire that would certainly make some sense for the Vols.
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