Tennessee Receiver’s Coach Leaving For NFL

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    Tennessee receiver’s coach Kodi Burns is leaving Knoxville for the same position with the New Orleans Saints, ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported Monday morning.

    Before his one-year in Knoxville, Burns spent five seasons as the receiver’s coach at his alma mater, Auburn. The Arkansas native starred on the Plaines from 2007 to 2010.

    In New Orleans, Burns will join former Vols Alvin Kamara, Shy Tuttle and receiver Marquez Callaway. Callaway had a breakout second NFL season, leading New Orleans with 698 receiving yards while adding six touchdowns.

    It had been a quiet offseason for the Tennessee football program and it looked like Josh Heupel would return his entire inaugural staff for a second season.

    The Vols’ receivers had breakout 2021 seasons after the arrival of Heupel and Burns. Cedric Tillman went from three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in 2020 to 64 receptions for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall.

    Velus Jones Jr. went from 280 yards and three touchdowns to 807 yards and eight touchdowns while Mississippi State transfer JaVonta Payton also boasted a career season.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.