Roper would complete coach Phillip Fulmer's staff before the Vols entertain about 16 prospects this weekend.
It is not certain whether Roper will coach running backs or receivers. If he coaches running backs, Trooper Taylor would move from running backs to receivers.
Roper replaces former receivers coach Pat Washington on the staff. Matt Luke, a former Ole Miss player who coached on the Rebels staff under Cutcliffe, was hired to replace Jimmy Ray Stephens on the staff. Stephens was replaced as UT's offensive line coach by Greg Adkins.
Tennessee has long had three minority assistants, ranking among the most in the SEC. The firing of Washington and hiring of Roper leaves UT with two African-Americans on the staff.
However, Tennessee offered the job to two black coaches – Kippy Brown, recently fired by the Houston Texans, and Ron Middleton of Tampa Bay. Both declined.