Michael is new Vol GA

Former Western Kentucky quarterback Jason Michael has joined the Tennessee football coaching staff, head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Tuesday.

The Louisa, Ky., native will be one of Tennessee's two graduate assistant coaches and work mainly with the defensive staff and kicking game. The 25-year-old has been at UT for nearly a year, working as an assistant for both the strength and conditioning and video staffs.

Michael graduated from Western Kentucky in December 2002 with a degree in civil engineering technology. He was selected to the Division I-AA Athletic Directors Academic All-Star Team and earned second-team Verizon Academic All-District IV honors. For his efforts on and off the field, Michael was named the school's male athlete of the year for 2003.

His playing career was capped by guiding the Hilltoppers to the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship with a 34-14 victory over McNeese State in Chattanooga. That season, Michael passed for 1,661 yards and paced WKU to a 12-3 record and victories in their final 10 games.

Michael replaces Shane Beamer, who accepted an assistant coach's position Friday at Mississippi State.

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