Part of Tennessee’s coaching staff shuffle during the offseason involved bringing back someone already familiar with Jeremy Pruitt’s program in Knoxville. Shelton Felton was hired as Chris Rumph’s replacement at outside linebackers coach after Rumph took a job with the Houston Texans.
Felton was a part of Pruitt’s initial staff in Knoxville, serving as a quality control analyst. Pruitt was clearly impressed with Felton’s work in year one, allowing him to stand in and go out on the recruiting trail after the 2018 season. However, a spot on the field as an assistant wasn’t readily available. Felton found that opportunity at Akron for the 2019 season. Just one year later, Pruitt brought him back into the fold with Tennessee
Today, the Tennessee Twitter account let us get to know him a little bit better.
Felton and Pruitt come from the same paths, which is probably why Pruitt was drawn to him in the first place. After playing college ball at Troy, Felton quickly entered the high school coaching ranks in Georgia. Felton coached at that level from 2005-2016, grinding his way to a college coaching opportunity at Chattanooga.
He’s now tasked with molding Tennessee’s outside linebackers — a group looking for someone to emerge after the departure of Darrell Taylor. Deandre Johnson and Kivon Bennett are the returning veterans, but freshmen Tyler Baron and Morven Joseph should also factor into the equation. He’s got a lot on his plate in year one, but Tennessee seemingly has a hungry, motivated guy now on the field with a chance to prove his worth.