Redskins assistant finalist for Austin Peay coaching job

Shane Day, OL coach Bill Callahan's top assistant, is in the mix for the head job with the FCS-level program.

Recent rumblings turned into actual news involving one of the Washington Redskins assistant coaches tasked with helping Brandon Scherff adjust to the NFL game.

Assistant offensive line coach Shane Day is a finalist for the head coaching position at Austin Peay Unversity. One source recently told that a Redskins assistant was in the mix for the Austin Peay job after the school fired coach Kirby Cannon in November following an 0-11 season. The Clarksville, Tennessee program hopes to make a final decision early next week, school officials told

Day is among seven finalists for the FCS/Division 1-AA program, but the only one currently part of an NFL staff. The Tennessean first reported the list of all seven finalists

Day joined the Redskins in 2014 after stints with the Bears, 49ers, University of Michigan and most recently as quarterback coach at University of Connecticut.

His role in Washington focuses on the tackles, guards and center under OL coach Bill Callahan. The pair have helped patch together a unit that lost two starters to injuries and opened the season with inexperienced options Morgan Moses and Scherff on the right side.

"He's been helping me with everything," said Scheff, Washington's 2015 first round pick and starting right guard.

Scherff leaned on Day for assistance during offseason mini-camps and the relationship developed. "He knows everything. He's a mini-coach Callahan. Shane's been with [Callahan] this whole season and he's learned a lot. He's taken that and if we have any questions, he'll help us. He's worked our butts off."

Offensive tackle Tom Compton said he often discusses technique with Day afteer practice. "He'll always have something for you."

Day, a Manhattan, Kansas native played college football at Rhodes College in Memphis.

Greg Arias with contributed with this story.

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