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A Look at Pruitt’s Newest Hires on Vols’ Staff

Shelton Felton

(Photo via @shelton_felton on Twitter)

Position: Outside Linebackers Coach
Age: 39
Salary: $225,000 1st year, $250,000 2nd year
Track Record:
2019 —
Akron, OLBs/DEs Coach
2018 — Tennessee, Quality Control Analyst
2017 — Chattanooga, OLBs Coach
2015-16 — Crisp County High School (GA), Head Coach
2013-14 — Colquitt County High School (GA), Co-Defensive Coordinator/DL Coach
2010-12 — Dooly County High School (GA), Defensive Coordinator
2005-09 — Crisp County High School (GA), Defensive Coordinator/LBs Coach


One of the younger coaches on staff, Shelton Felton has a lot to prove at the collegiate level. But what he lacks in big-time experience he makes up for with his ties to one of the Vols’ biggest areas of recruiting in Georgia.

This year at Tennessee will mark only Felton’s third year as an on-field coach at the collegiate level, and it will be only the second year he’s been an on-field coach at the FBS level. This season also marks the second time Felton has coached at Tennessee.

Felton was on staff at Tennessee during Jeremy Pruitt’s first season as head coach in 2018 in an off-field role as a quality control assistant. Prior to his first stint at Tennessee, Felton served as an assistant coach at the University of Chattanooga. In 2017, Chattanooga held the No. 1 defense in the entire Southern Conference, as Felton coached the outside linebackers for the Mocs.

In his one year at Akron, Felton helped develop redshirt senior linebacker John Lako to an all-conference player. Lako led the entire Mid-American Conference and ranked fifth in the FBS in tackles with 138. He also totaled 9.5 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception he returned for a touchdown, two passes defended, and a fumble recovery.

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Prior to joining Chattanooga, Felton was the head coach of Crisp County High School in Cordele, Georgia. The Cougars went 3-7 in Felton’s first year as head coach in 2015 before he helped guide them to a 13-1 record and the school’s first-ever state semifinal appearance in 2016. He coached four-star defensive end and current Auburn Tiger Markaviest Bryant and five-star outside linebacker and current Georgia Bulldog Quay Walker to All-American status as well.

Felton was also the defensive line coach and run game coordinator for two seasons at Colquitt County. He spent three years as the defensive coordinator for Dooly County High School prior to that. There, he coached future Auburn All-American Montravious Adams. While at Colquitt County, he worked under then-head coach Rush Propst, who Jeremy Pruitt also worked under at Hoover High School.

Felton played football for Troy as a defensive lineman from 1999-2002 where he totaled 126 tackles, 18 TFLs, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.

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