By Luke Thomas
COLLEGE STATION, TX– Jay Graham, the former running backs coach at Texas A&M, has elected to leave the Aggies for the same position at the University of Tennessee, according to a report from VolQuest, which Volunteer Roadshow has been able to confirm.
Graham, 44, was an All-SEC running back at Tennessee under Phillip Fulmer from 1993 to 1996, and went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, and Green Bay Packers in the NFL.
His coaching career also began at the University of Tennessee in 2006 as a graduate assistant before earning an on-field position with Chattanooga as a running backs coach. Graham went on to coach running backs for San Diego State, the University of Tennessee-Martin, and Miami of Ohio before landing his first power five job with the University of South Carolina in 2009.
He would leave South Carolina to join Derek Dooley’s staff at his Alma Mater for a season, in 2012, where he had tremendous success. During just one season on Rocky Top, Graham was able to double the Volunteers’ average yards on the ground per game to 160, a drastic difference from just 70 yards the year before. However, after the termination of Dooley, Graham decided that he would not be a part of Butch Jones’ new staff in Knoxville in 2013, as he migrated south to Tallahassee for the same position at Florida State.
Graham was in charge of the running backs at Florida State from 2013 to 2017, and during that time he was praised as one of the nation’s top running back coaches. He was a monumental piece of the 2013 National Championship, and helped the Seminoles win two ACC Titles before following his head coach, Jimbo Fisher, to Texas A&M in 2018. In his two seasons in College Station he turned Trayveon Williams into the program’s all-time lead rusher and burned up the roads recruiting elite talent to the Aggies.
What Tennessee is getting in Jay Graham is simple. They are getting one of the nation’s top recruiters, an elite developer of talent, and someone who is very aware of Tennessee’s program as a former player. The next chapter in Graham’s story will be in Knoxville, and Vol Fans couldn’t be happier about it.