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Report: Tennessee’s search for a receivers coach narrows to three candidates

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Jeremy Pruitt has been a busy man lately. Not only did he just lead Alabama’s defense to yet another national title, but he did that in the midst of recruiting and filling out his initial staff for Tennessee. He confirmed that staff during Wednesday’s media availability.

That staff is still missing a receivers coach, however.

There was a lot of noise around South Carolina’s Bryan McClendon, but Will Muschamp decided to promote him to the offensive coordinator position after a strong showing in the Outback Bowl.

So where does that leave Tennessee? According to John Brice of GridIron Now, the Vols have narrowed the options to three. Here are his three names.

Former Florida State assistant/co-offensive coordinator Lawrence Dawsey, Memphis wide receivers coach David Johnson, and North Carolina State assistant head coach for offense/recruiting coordinator Des Kitchings have emerged from a crowded field of would-be candidates.

Quick Rundown

  • Lawrence Dawsey: Florida State co-offensive coordinator, receivers coach, passing game coordinator. He’s been in Tallahassee since 2010, but didn’t return after Willie Taggart took over.
  • David Johnson: One season as Memphis’ receivers coach. Spent 2012-2015 at Tulane coaching running backs and tight ends.
  • Des Kitchings: Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach at N.C. State. He’s held similar positions with Air Force and Vanderbilt over the last decade.

I would guess this spot gets filled pretty quickly from here, so Tennessee can go full steam ahead on the trail.