Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin announced Wednesday the addition of former Vols footballer Inquoris “Inky” Johnson as a graduate assistant to the defensive coaching staff.
One of the most popular student-athletes in recent Tennessee history, Johnson played defensive back from 2004-2006 before suffering a serious shoulder injury, which ended his on-field career. But the Atlanta native has stayed close to the program and now has a chance to officially enter the coaching ranks under the new UT regime.
“I like this staff’s confidence in the players and their energy,” said Johnson, who served as a student coach last season. “The coaches have had a chance to get to know me, and I think we have a great deal of respect for one another. It definitely is a blessed opportunity for me.”
Kiffin said the staff already is reaping the benefits of Johnson’s knowledge.
“He has made a great impression on all of us,” he said. “To me, Inky is a great resource as a former Vols player. And not only was he a great player, but he is a great example to our current team members.”
Johnson played in 23 games during his Vols career, with eight starts. He finished with 10 career-pass breakups and intercepted a pass in Tennessee’s 2006 season-opening victory over California. One week later, Johnson suffered his shoulder injury late in a win over Air Force and has fought through two long years of rehabilitation.
“I want to be a coach, and I think these guys can help me be a better coach just like the previous staff did,” Johnson said. “Anybody who can help me be a better coach, I’m all for.”

Recruits on campus:
Apparently Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin meant it when he said they weren't yet done with the 2009 recruiting class. Kwame Geathers, a 6-6 320 pound offensive/defensive lineman out of South Carolina, has been in town the last few days on an official visit. He is expected to commit on his visit.
In addition to Geathers, Bryce Brown arrived on campus today for his official visit. Brown is rated by Rivals.com as the top recruit in the nation as well as the nations best running back in the 2009 class. Brown, a rare elite prospect out of the state of Kansas, says he will make his final decision March 12th.
The Vols also remain heavily in the Mix for running back David Oku and tight end/wide receiver Orson Charles.