Drayton officially at UT
By: By Beth Rucker, Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee filled one of several vacancies on its coaching staff Wednesday with the hiring of offensive assistant coach Stan Drayton.
Drayton, 36, said he wasn’t looking to leave Florida, where he’s coached running backs for the past three seasons, but was disappointed in the type of offense Florida has run during his three seasons there.
“The offense we were running in Florida did not have much involvement with the running back,” he said during a news conference Wednesday night. “There was some frustration there, I must be honest with you.”
Drayton also spent a season coaching running backs at Mississippi State and is expected to fill the same duty at Tennessee.
“I did a significant amount of research on him as he probably did us before he chose to come here, and everybody just had wonderful things to say about him not only as a coach, but as a person,” Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said.
Fulmer had four vacancies to fill after offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe became head coach at Duke and took two Vol assistants with him, and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor became co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
Among the candidates Fulmer is considering are former Michigan offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and quarterbacks coach Scott Loeffler.
Fulmer also interviewed Richmond head coach Dave Clawson, who led the Spiders to an 11-3 record and the semifinals in the Football Championship Subdivision last season. Clawson also was on the Villanova coaching staff with Drayton in the late 1990s.
“I’m looking for the right fit as we continue to work toward filling the offensive staff,” Fulmer said.
Hiring DeBord and Leoffler, meanwhile, might also bring Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett to Tennessee.
Mallet’s father said Wednesday his son has left Michigan and may consider transferring to Tennessee, Texas A&M, Arkansas or UCLA, among other schools.
After sitting out next season, Mallett will have three years of eligibility left. Mallett played in 11 games as a freshman, filling in when Chad Henne was injured.
AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Mich., contributed to this report.