5 things to know about Shelton Felton, reported new Tennessee football linebackers coach
Tennessee will reportedly fill the final current opening on its staff with a familiar face.
Per reports, Akron's Shelton Felton is expected to join the UT staff as the outside linebackers coach after Chris Rumph left for the Houston Texans.
Here are five things to know about Felton:
Shelton was at Tennessee in Pruitt's first season as a quality control assistant. He went on the road recruiting leading into the early signing period after Tyson Helton left the Vols for the Western Kentucky head coach job.
Pruitt cited his connections as the reason Felton was chosen to be the final off-campus recruiter.
"He has got some experience," Pruitt said in Dec. 2018. "We felt like that was a really good fit.”
Felton's ties in the state of Georgia are deep, which makes him an attractive hire for the Vols.
Felton coached at Dooly County and Colquitt County as the defensive coordinator. Then he landed as the head coach at Crisp County, where he was an assistant coach from 2005-09.
He made history at Crisp County. His first team went 3-7, but his second went 13-1 and went 10-0 in the regular season and reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
College coaching start
Felton jumped from Crisp County to Chattanooga outside linebackers coach after his successful 2016 season.
He was elevated to assistant head coach following the 2017 season, when the Mocs ranked first in total defense in the Southern Conference in 2017 and ranked 25th in the FCS.
Just a guy in Akron
Felton left Tennessee after one season to take the outside linebackers coaching job at Akron, where he reunited with former Chattanooga coach Tom Arth.
His name rhymes
That's it. That's the fifth thing to know.