Two assistants with SEC ties reportedly under consideration for openings at Alabama
As Alabama coach Nick Saban looks to rebuild his staff following several departures this offseason, a couple of names to keep an eye on have current or former ties to the SEC.
A couple of coaches to keep an eye on for vacant Alabama offensive assistant jobs are Jay Graham and Jay Boulware, Aaron Suttles of The Athletic reported. No final decisions have been made, but both are under consideration.
Graham is a former Tennessee running back and current Vols running backs coach. He has worked at three SEC schools, including Texas A&M, where he spent the previous two seasons before 2020, and South Carolina. The NFL veteran played with three teams in pro football before he started his coaching career in 2005 as a graduate assistant.
Boulware was not retained by new Texas coach Steve Sarkisian in recent weeks. He was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach with the Longhorns last season. But Horns247 reported that Boulware’s lone season overseeing the kicking game on the Forty Acres after Herman hired him away from Oklahoma was a series of highs and lows.
The roller coaster for Bowlware’s unit started with a 63-56 overtime road win over Texas Tech on Sept. 26 where Tyler Owens blocked a punt Jahdae Barron scooped up and returned for a short touchdown, which happened in the same game where the Red Raiders blocked a Ryan Bujcevski punt and pounced on a fumble return in the end zone for a touchdown.
Boulware was at Oklahoma for seven years, and previously worked under Gene Chizik at Iowa State and Auburn, and was on the national championship staff in 2010 while coaching tight ends and special teams for the Tigers.