It looks like another former Tennessee Volunteers player will be coming back to Knoxville.
Former Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty will potentially join Jeremy Pruitt‘s staff at Tennessee as a quality control coach, according to a report from Wes Rucker of 247Sports. Per the report, Hardesty is likely to serve as a quality control coach for Pruitt.
Hardesty played at Tennessee from 2005-09. He rushed for 2,390 yards in his Tennessee career, with most of that coming in his senior year when he rushed for 1,345 yards and 13 touchdowns. The former Vol was taken in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but injuries derailed his NFL career.
Hardesty spent last season as a member of Lane Kiffin’s staff at Florida Atlantic, working for his former coach at Tennessee. Prior to that he served as the special teams coordinator at Norfolk State. Another one of Hardesty’s former coaches is back in Knoxville as well, as Phillip Fulmer is serving as the athletic director after taking over the role for John Currie.
Pruitt was hired after spending the last two season as Alabama’s defensive coordinator. The Volunteers open their 2018 season on Sept. 1 when they take on West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C.