clearn.png
Wednesday September 22nd, 2021 9:53PM

Tennessee adds veterans Garner, Martinez to defensive staff

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — New Tennessee coach Josh Heupel has brought back veteran assistants Rodney Garner and Willie Martinez for return stints with the Volunteers’ defensive staff.

Garner guided Tennessee’s tight ends and offensive tackles from 1996-97 and will coach the defensive line this time around. The Vols won the 1997 Southeastern Conference championship among 21 victories during his previous stay. Garner had spent the past eight seasons as Auburn’s associate head coach and D-line coach.

Martinez, who oversaw the secondary and was Heupel’s assistant head coach the past three seasons at UCF, will guide the Vols’ defensive backs. He held similar roles at Tennessee from 2014-16 — grooming All-Americans Evan Berry and Cameron Sutton in 2015 — and worked in 2017 season at Cincinnati. Martinez has also coached at Oklahoma.

Garner and Martinez have earned five SEC titles in their 45 combined years in the league, which includes working together at Georgia from 2001-09. Heupel said in a release that bringing both back to UT was an “important step” for his program.

“They understand what it takes to build an elite defense in the SEC and have developed numerous NFL draft picks through the years,” Heupel added. “They also coached and mentored many student-athletes on some of Tennessee’s most successful teams. We know they will make a significant impact on our program once again.”

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, College Sports, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Southern cities hit hard by storms face new crisis: No water
Southern U.S. cities slammed by winter storms that left millions without power for days have traded one crisis for another
7:18PM ( 25 minutes ago )
New Mexico Legislature moves to preserve abortion rights
A bill to shore up abortion rights in New Mexico by overturning a dormant 1969 ban on most abortion procedures has been approved by the Democrat-led Legislature
7:17PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Biden defends progress on COVID as weather delays 6M shots
President Joe Biden has toured a state-of-the art coronavirus vaccine plant
7:15PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Osaka eyes 4th Slam title in Australian Open final vs Brady
Naomi Osaka will be seeking her fourth Grand Slam title when she faces first-time major finalist Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final
6:28PM ( 1 hour ago )
Tahoe setting is 'mic drop' moment for outdoor NHL games
Players snapped pictures of Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains as they came out for their first look at the picturesque outdoor rink that will host a pair of NHL games this weekend
6:07PM ( 1 hour ago )
Pressure can be a concern with baseball's top prospects
When a baseball team is rebuilding, young prospects can provide much-needed excitement for both the manager and the fans
5:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
AP source: Buffalo Bills LB Matt Milano to test free agency
The Associated Press is reporting that Buffalo Bills liniebacker Matt Milano will explore free agency next month
1:13PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP source: Eagles send Carson Wentz to Colts for draft picks
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts
3:31PM ( 1 day ago )
Tim Tebow retires from baseball after five years with Mets
Tim Tebow is retiring from baseball after five years as a minor leaguer with the New York Mets
8:04PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Football
NCAA allows limited fan attendance at men's tournament games
The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans to attend all rounds of next month’s men’s basketball tournament in Indiana
12:08PM ( 7 hours ago )
The Latest: Fans OK for all rounds of men's NCAA tournament
A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend all rounds of next month’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Indiana
11:32AM ( 8 hours ago )
No. 7 Virginia visits Duke in season's lone ACC meeting
Seventh-ranked Virginia looks to rebound from a lopsided loss at No. 16 Florida State and maintain its winning percentage likely to determine conference tournament seeding when it takes on Duke on Saturday
2:54AM ( 16 hours ago )
College Sports
Inside the All-Star voting numbers: The NBA is a tough crowd
NBA players are apparently not easily impressed — even by other NBA players
3:01AM ( 16 hours ago )
Column: NBA makes the wrong call on All-Star Game
The NBA had done a lot of things right during the pandemic
2:56AM ( 16 hours ago )
NBA All-Star captains: It's LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
The NBA All-Star Game is taking shape
9:57PM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
UCF hires former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to lead Knights
Central Florida has hired Gus Malzahn to be the Knights' coach a little more than two months after he was fired by Auburn
4:03PM ( 4 days ago )
AP source: UCF close to hiring ex-Auburn coach Malzahn
Central Florida is close to a deal to make former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn the Knights' next head coach
10:32AM ( 4 days ago )
The Latest: Tuberville stands by account of Trump phone call
Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is standing by his account that he told then-President Donald Trump that Vice President Mike Pence was being evacuated from the Senate during the Capitol riot
8:04PM ( 6 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
Southern cities hit hard by storms face new crisis: No water
Southern U.S. cities slammed by winter storms that left millions without power for days have traded one crisis for another
7:18PM ( 25 minutes ago )
New Mexico Legislature moves to preserve abortion rights
A bill to shore up abortion rights in New Mexico by overturning a dormant 1969 ban on most abortion procedures has been approved by the Democrat-led Legislature
7:17PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Biden defends progress on COVID as weather delays 6M shots
President Joe Biden has toured a state-of-the art coronavirus vaccine plant
7:15PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Woman shot during protest against Myanmar coup dies
A young woman who was shot in the head by police last week during a protest against the military coup in Myanmar has died
7:14PM ( 29 minutes ago )
US unwinds Trump policy making asylum-seekers wait in Mexico
The Biden administration is moving to restore the asylum system to the way it worked for decades by releasing a group of asylum-seekers into the U.S. It ends their long wait in Mexico and unravels a key anti-immigration policy of former President Donald Trump
7:05PM ( 38 minutes ago )