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Mike DeBord steps aside as Tennessee offensive coordinator

The first coaching change associated with Big Orange football is in the books for 2017.

Mike DeBord will not return to Tennessee in 2017 as the Volunteers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Sources close to InsideTennessee confirmed the news Tuesday.

In 2016, Tennessee averaged 36.4 points per game. It also averaged 205.2 rushing yards, 238.5 passing yards and converted 41 percent of third downs.

DeBord, who turns 61 on Feb. 7, is from Muncie, Indiana, and attended Manchester College in the Hoosier State.

Butch Jones officially hired DeBord to replace Mike Bajakian on Feb. 6, 2015. In DeBord's first season as Tennessee's playcaller, the Vols had their second-most productive year on the ground in program history, rushing for 2,908 yards (1951-3,068).

Also departing are Tennessee's leading passer (Joshua Dobbs-2,946 yards, 27 TDs), rusher (Dobbs-831, 12) and receiver (Josh Malone-972, 11).

Junior running back Jalen Hurd left Knoxville during the season. After the Vols defeated Nebraska 38-24 in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, redshirt junior running back Alvin Kamara declared for the NFL Draft.


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