Butch Jones and Tennessee are interviewing a Heisman Trophy winner on Friday.
According to 247Sports’ John Brice, former Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke arrived in Knoxville on Thursday and will spend Friday, and possibly longer, interviewing with Jones and his staff.
After a career in professional baseball, Weinke played for Florida State from 1997-2000. He became the oldest player (28) to win the Heisman Trophy in his final season after throwing for 4,167 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Following five seasons in the NFL, Weinke hung up the cleats in 2007 before taking over as Director of Football at Florida’s IMG Academy. He spent the last two years coaching quarterbacks with the Rams, but was left without a job after Los Angeles let go a majority of its staff last month.
Tennessee is in need of a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following the departure of Mike DeBord, who left to take over Indiana’s offense under new head coach Tom Allen. The Vols’ offense averaged 443.7 yards per game and 36.4 points under DeBord in 2016.
“As a native Hoosier, I am extremely excited about working for Tom Allen and joining the Indiana University football program during one of its most exciting times,” DeBord said in a statement. “I’ve been a fan of Indiana Football for a very long time, dating back to when my brother arrived on campus. I have never stopped following the team and look forward to building on its success.”
SEC Country reported on Thursday that tight ends coach Larry Scott is Tennessee’s leading in-house candidate, and that former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich not currently considered a viable candidate for the Vols.
Weinke has also spent time helping prepare college prospects for the NFL draft, including work with Teddy Bridgewater, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson, according to Brice.