FSU hires Jay Graham

The former running backs coach at Tennessee has decided to leave his alma mater and join FSU's coaching staff.

Florida State has officially hired Jay Graham, who was most recently the running backs coach at Tennessee. Although there is still no confirmation from FSU on the hire, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones took to twitter to confirm the news.

"Jay Graham has informed us of his decision to accept a position at another institution," Jones tweeted. "The process to hire a new coach to our staff is underway, and we will hire the best person possible as we continue to build our program."

Graham has spent the majority of his coaching career in the SEC. Before returning to his alma mater to coach running backs last season, Graham was the running backs coach and tight ends coach at South Carolina.

Perhaps most notably on his coaching resume is being the lead recruiter and position coach for Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore. Before suffering a knee injury last season, Lattimore was set to be a likely first round pick in this year's NFL draft.

Luring Graham away from his alma mater is a credit to FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher. Although, Graham's relationships with newly hired coaches Randy Sanders and Sal Sunseri should not be overlooked.

Graham first met Sanders in his playing days at Tennessee where Sanders was his position coach and offensive coordinator. Sunseri and Graham also know each other very well as they coached together at Tennessee last season.

The fact that Graham was retained by newly hired head coach Butch Jones should say a lot about how he is viewed in the coaching ranks.

Graham is also highly regarded for his recruiting efforts in the Carolinas as well as in Georgia and north Florida.

As a player, Graham rushed for more than 2,600 yards in his college career and currently ranks as the school's sixth all-time leading rusher. His 11 100-yard rushing games is the most by any player in a single season in Volunteers history.

Graham went on to play professionally for six seasons as he was a third round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 NFL draft. He also played for Seattle and Green Bay.

It is unknown exactly what title he will have on Fisher's staff, but I would expect current running backs coach Randy Sanders to be moved into another role, possibly quarterbacks coach, which would allow Graham to be the running backs coach.

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