Tennessee announces offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach changes

Tennessee announced a promotion for offensive coordinator and outside hires to the quarterbacks coach and special teams coordinator positions on Friday.

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The Tennessee rifleman runs with the orange "Power T" flag alongside a Tennessee cheerleader carrying the Tennessee state flag during Tennessee's game against Missouri in Neyland Stadium on Nov. 19, 2016.

Tennessee football announced it filled three coaching staff positions on Friday afternoon.

The Vols announced that tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Larry Scott was promoted to offensive coordinator, Utah State’s Mike Canales was hired as quarterbacks coach and newly hired defensive backs coach Charlton Warren will be Tennessee’s special teams coordinator.

Scott is entering his second year with Tennessee after three years (2013-2015) at Miami, where he coached tight ends and was interim head coach for the final six games of the 2015 season.

“Larry played an important role in the success we had offensively last year and was heavily involved in all aspects of our game plan, both during the week and on game day,” Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said through the release.

Canales joins the Vols’ staff after a season at Utah State, where he was assistant head coach, running backs coach, and tight ends coach. Canales spent 2010-2015 with North Texas as the Mean Green’s offensive coordinator. Canales should play a big role in the development and quarterback competition between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano, the early candidates for Tennessee’s 2017 starting quarterback job.

“Mike has recruited, coached and developed numerous quarterbacks at the collegiate level,” Jones said through the release. “He will be of great benefit to our players and staff with his extensive experience and knowledge of the quarterback position.”

Warren’s addition as special teams coordinator comes just four days after being named defensive backs coach. Warren coached defensive backs at North Carolina in 2015, where the Tar Heels allowed the fourth-fewest passing touchdowns in the country.

Edited by David Bradford

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