Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer’s revamped offensive staff is almost complete.
Fulmer announced Thursday that former Mississippi assistant Matt Luke will be the Vols’ new tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Luke takes the position previously held by Greg Adkins, who was promoted Wednesday to offensive line coach.
“I am pleased to have Matt join us,” Fulmer said. “He is a fine coach, an excellent recruiter and brings a lot of enthusiasm to our staff.”
Luke, 29, just completed his fourth season on the Ole Miss staff as tight ends coach and offensive line assistant. This past year, Luke also accepted the duties of recruiting coordinator under first-year coach Ed Orgeron.
“I’m really, really excited about working with Coach Fulmer,” Luke said. “I played offensive line and coach Fulmer is widely known as one of the top O-line coaches in the country. He’s a great head coach and I’m excited about what I will learn from him and what I can offer the Tennessee program.”
Luke was a team captain for the 1998 Rebels squad that finished 7-5 and defeated Texas Tech in the Independence Bowl. Despite battling injuries and illness, Luke started 33 games at center for Ole Miss.
He was selected 1998 Ole Miss Most Valuable Senior by the Jackson (Miss.) Touchdown Club among his numerous playing awards. Twice he earned Academic All-SEC honors and was a member of the Dean’s honor roll from 1995-99. He graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
After finishing his playing career, Luke remained at Ole Miss as a student-assistant coach under David Cutcliffe during the 1999 season.
“There’s not a finer man in the profession than Coach Cutcliffe,” Luke said. “He has been a tremendous influence on my life and my coaching career. I’m looking forward not only to learning from him but being around him again. We’re going to get this thing going and win SEC championships.
“I’m really looking forward to working with everyone on the UT staff.”