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A former Tennessee wide receiver has found a new football team in Knoxville. As announced via social media on Saturday, VFL Josh Smith will be joining the Bearden High School football staff as the Bulldogs’ next wide receivers coach.
Smith, a former high school player at Christian Academy of Knoxville, was a receiver at Tennessee from 2013 to 2017.
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Smith will be joining the Bulldogs’ staff under new head coach Josh Jones. After leading Powell High School to a State Championship as the offensive coordinator in 2021, Jones was hired to take over the Bulldogs’ program. And one of his big moves was to secure one of the top receivers based out of Knoxville over the last decade.
During his career at Tennessee, Smith had 63 receptions for 764 yards and five touchdowns. Smith’s best year at Tennessee came in 2015 as he played an integral role in Tennessee’s offense. In that 2015 campaign, Smith finished with career-highs in receptions (23), yards (307), and touchdowns (2). Additionally, Smith had some big-time catches in marquee games for Tennessee that year.
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One of the most memorable plays of Smith’s career in a Tennessee uniform came against Georgia at home in 2015. Smith’s acrobatic touchdown catch helped lead the Vols to victory by a score of 38-31.
Smith, a three-star receiver in the class of 2013, committed to Tennessee over Arkansas and Cincinnati. Now, former C.A.K. standout Josh Smith will be returning to his high school roots in Knoxville to help lead the new-look Bearden Bulldogs staff.