Jones completes 1st Vol staff

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones hired his ninth and final assistant coach by bringing on Zach Azzanni to lead his wide receivers.

He leaves a Wisconsin program that is Rose Bowl bound. He was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Western Kentucky in 2011.

Prior to that as one season at Florida after three seasons at Central Michigan alongside Jones.

"Zach is a tireless recruiter," former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a video on "I'm always getting things in my box about, 'Write this guy, call this guy, special note here, write this kid's uncle, write this kid's dad, write this kid's aunt.' It's very easy to see good recruiters once you've been around them for a very short time because of the details that they have."

Azzanni recruited Ohio for Wisconsin but first met Bielema while recruiting in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

"Zach is going to be a great football coach, not just because of recruiting but because of Xs and Os," Bielema said.

Azzanni follows in the footsteps of Darin Hinshaw, who was in charge of the Vol hands unit just one season after two years leading the quarterbacks. Charlie Baggett coached wide receivers for former head coach Derek Dooley's first two teams.

On paper, Tennessee returns one of the most talented groups in the country, even with the graduation of Zach Rogers. However, InsideTennessee expects All-SEC performers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter to declare soon for the NFL Draft. The duo combined for 119 receptions, 1,861 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Aside from those two, the Vols have Alton Howard (13-54), Vincent Dallas (9-149), Jacob Carter (8-126) and Cody Blanc set to return with former U.S. Army All-American Drae Bowles coming off a redshirt.

Tennessee currently has four wide receivers committed in the Class of 2013, although two have work to do to get qualified academically.

Azzanni is a major reason Wisconsin currently has four-star wideout Rob Wheelwright from Columbus, Ohio, committed.

"We talk every once in awhile, which is always good," Wheelwright told about Azzanni. "He keeps me updated on how the receivers have been and stuff like that. We've gotten close over the last couple months since he's been there that we really aren't strangers anymore."

Tennessee offered former Vol Tee Martin the same position earlier this week but turned it down to stay at Southern California.

Azzanni is expected to continue assisting the Badgers as they prepare to take on Stanford on New Year's Day.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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