Latrell Scott handles Tennessee's wide receivers as part of the distinguished foursome of offensive coaches joining the football staff this season.
The former Richmond assistant received the strongest endorsement for the job from his previous boss, Dave Clawson, who was named UT's newest offensive coordinator just days before Scott accepted his position.
"He came highly recommended from Coach Clawson," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "In the interview process and during spring practice, Latrell was energetic, knowledgeable, and showed all the signs of being an excellent teacher. He has an outstanding reputation as a recruiter and already is making an impact for us in that area."
Scott, 33, comes to UT after three coaching seasons with the Spiders, all as wide receivers coach, and nine seasons overall in the ranks. A Richmond native, Scott was elevated to Clawson's assistant head coach for 2007 and also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.
The Spiders turned in their best season in school history one year ago, an 11-3 finish that advanced them all the way to the national semifinals.
Richmond's leading pass-catcher was Kevin Grayson with a school-record 68 receptions for a freshman-record 970 yards and seven TDs. Senior Arman Shields began 2007 with a monster effort against Vanderbilt, catching 12 balls for 107 yards, before an injury limited him to just two more brief appearances. His skills and development under Scott, however, were enough to earn him a fourthround NFL Draft selection by the Oakland Raiders.
Scott has at his disposal the entire Tennessee receiving corps from 2007, when UT wideouts combined to catch 226 passes for 2,669 yards and 19 touchdowns during a 10-4 campaign.
Among the veterans, Lucas Taylor led with 73 receptions and was the SEC's only receiver to top 1,000 regular season yards. Austin Rogers tied for second on the team in both catches (56) and yards (624), while Josh Briscoe paced the group with six TD receptions and had two of his best games in the SEC title contest and Outback Bowl.
The younger trio of Quintin Hancock, Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones also displayed flashes of brilliance. Hancock caught the winning, 40-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime at Kentucky, Moore set personal highs with four catches for 86 yards at the Outback Bowl, and Jones could be the next breakout performer with his versatility both as a wideout and in the backfield.
Spring drills were for meshing a new system to the returning personnel, and by all accounts it was a success.
"The carryover of Latrell's knowledge of Coach Clawson's system certainly helped us make the transition," Fulmer said. "He also is an outstanding person and husband."
Scott arrived in Richmond after spending three seasons as wide receivers coach at VMI. During his tenure in Lexington, VMI led the Big South Conference in passing in 2003.
His first coaching assignment was at Fork Union Military Academy, where he spent two seasons before being named an assistant at Western Carolina in 2001.
A three-year starter at tight end during his playing days at Hampton, Scott earned All-America honors following his senior season. He played on two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and NCAA playoff teams and also competed in the Gridiron All-Star Classic in Orlando, Fla. Scott graduated with a sport management degree in 2001.
Scott is married to the former Brandi Bradby of New Kent, Va.
July 17, 1975, Richmond, Va.
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