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Jay Graham was hired by head coach Jimbo Fisher in March of 2013 to coach the Florida State running backs. The All-SEC and NFL back has spent eight years coaching including the last four seasons in the SEC at South Carolina and then at his alma mater Tennessee where he was one of the most productive rushers in the history of the Volunteers.
Throughout the majority of his coaching career, Graham has worked with running backs. His first full-time position in 2006 was as the running backs coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He went on to coach the backs at San Diego, UT-Martin, South Carolina and then back at his alma mater in 2012.
In just one year in Knoxville under Graham's guidance the Vols more than doubled their rushing output, from 70.4 yards per game in 2011 to 160.3 yards per game in 2012. Prior to his success in Tennessee, Graham tutored standout South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore while with the Gamecocks. Lattimore was on pace to become the first South Carolina rusher to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the school since Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers before suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him for the final five games
Graham had an outstanding playing career in the SEC where he rushed for 2,609 yards from 1993-96 and still ranks seventh on the Tennessee career rushing yards list. His 11 100-yard games in 1995 are the most in one season in UT history and his 14 career 100-yard games rank second in Tennessee history. Graham earned All-SEC second team honors as both a junior and a senior and helped the Vols to three bowl victories. Overall he has coached and played in seven bowl games during his career.
Following his successful career at Tennessee, Graham was a third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 1997. He spent six seasons in the NFL with Baltimore, Seattle, and Green Bay.
Graham and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of two daughters, Nia and Denae, and two sons, Jayson and Kellan.
2013: Florida State
2012: Tennessee, running backs
2009-11: South Carolina, running backs, tight ends
2008: Miami(OH), offensive assistant
2007: UT Martin, running backs, recruiting coordinator
2007: San Diego, running backs, co-special teams coordinator
2006: UT Chattanooga, running backs
2005: Tennessee, GA