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JEREMY PRUITT | HEAD COACH

• 5 x National Champion (‘17, ‘13, ‘12, ‘11, ‘09)
• 44 NFL Draft Picks
• 13 First Round Picks
• 18 All-Americans
• 96-13 Record as an Assistant (.881 winning pct)
• 18 All-Conference First Team Selections
• Coached Nation’s No. 1 Defense in ‘17, ‘16, ‘13
• Former Alabama, Georgia and Florida State DC
• 2 x Broyles Award Finalist
• His defenses have allowed only 14.7 ppg since 2013

KEVIN SHERRER | SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR / LIVE INSIDE LINEBACKERS

kevin Sherrer joins head coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff on Rocky Top after spending the last four seasons as the outside linebackers coach at Georgia, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff National Championship game last fall.

Prior to his time in Athens, Sherrer was the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at South Alabama in 2013 and served as the director of player development at Alabama from 2010-2012.

Sherrer was a three-year letterwinner at tight end at Alabama from 1993-95 and was an accomplished high school assistant coach in the state, including replacing Pruitt as defensive coordinator at prep powerhouse Hoover High School.

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CHRIS RUMPH | CO-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR / OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Chris Rumph, a four-year letterwinner at linebacker at South Carolina in the early 1990s, comes to Tennessee after spending the last three years as the defensive line coach at Florida, serving as co-defensive coordinator in 2017.

He has 15 years of experience as a defensive assistant at the FBS level, including stops at Texas, where he coached NFL first-round pick Malcom Brown, and Alabama, where he won back-to-back BCS National Championships as the defensive line coach from 2011 to 2013.

Rumph also has coached at Clemson, Memphis and South Carolina State

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will friend | offensive line

Will Friend comes to Rocky Top following a three-year stint as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Colorado State, where he led an offense that ranked 11th in the nation and first in the Mountain West in total offense (492.5 ypg) in 2017.

Prior to his time at CSU, Friend served four years as the offensive line coach at Georgia, where he coached four NFL Draft picks on the Bulldogs’ line. Friend has also made coaching stops at UAB and Gardner-Webb, and was a graduate assistant at Georgia. He was a four-year starter and two-time All-SEC guard at Alabama from 1993 to 1997.

Friend has coached nine offensive lineman who have been selected in the NFL Draft, and 11 players overall, including guard Isaiah Wynn, a 2018 first-round selection by the New England Patriots.

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david johnson | RUNNING BACKS

David Johnson comes to Tennessee after helping guide one of the nation’s most prolific offenses at Memphis the past two years following nearly 20 years of experience as a high school and college coach in Louisiana and Mississippi. Johnson also has spent time as a college assistant at Tulane, where he guided running backs and tight ends, and Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

He was the head coach at St. Augustine High School in Louisiana in 2009-10, winning back-to-back district titles at the prep powerhouse. In his career he has coached 12 NFL players including, Tyron Mathieu, Leonard Fournette and Mike Wallace.

Johnson served as the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for one of the nation’s most prolific offenses in 2016 and 2017.  In 2017, Johnson mentored Anthony Miller, who went from walk-on to the third consensus All-American in Tigers history and the No. 51 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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brian niedermeyer | tight ends

Brian Niedermeyer joins head coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff after working closely with the new Tennessee coach at Alabama and Georgia. Niedermeyer served as the assistant director of recruiting operations with the Crimson Tide in 2017 after his role as a defensive graduate assistant in 2016.

He also was a defensive graduate assistant coach, working under Pruitt, at Georgia in 2015. A native of Eagle River, Alaska, he was the wide receivers coach at East Texas Baptist University in 2014 and also worked on the staffs at Miami (Fla.) and Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Niedermeyer played tight end at UAPB.

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tracy rocker | defensive line

A renowned defensive line coach in the SEC and the 1988 SEC Player of the Year, Tracy Rocker has found success at every stop during his nearly 20-year collegiate and professional coaching career. Rocker has coached NFL first-round picks DeMarcus Ware, Jamaal Anderson, Nick Fairley and Peria Jerry, as well as future pros Greg Hardy and Osi Umenyiora in coaching stops at Auburn, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Troy.

Rocker spent the 2014 through 2016 seasons as the defensive line coach at Georgia after three years with the Tennessee Titans. Rocker was a two-time All-American at Auburn, winning the 1988 Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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CHRIS weinke | QUARTERBACKS

Former NFL quarterback and 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke brings a wealth of knowledge to the Vols’ coaching staff as both a standout player and coach. Weinke, who led Florida State to the 1999 national championship, comes to Tennessee as the running backs coach after working as an offensive analyst at Alabama in 2017, helping lead the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Before his time in Tuscaloosa, Weinke was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams for two seasons and spent five years as the program director at IMG Academy where he worked with some of the nation’s top high school football recruits and trained several NFL players.

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