Tennessee wide receivers coach Kodi Burns has joined the New Orleans Saints’ coaching staff in the same capacity.

Second-year head coach Josh Heupel will look to fill Burns’ vacancy on his coaching staff.

Following Burn’s departure, Vols Wire looks at offensive coaches with ties to Heupel that would be ideal in filling a vacancy on staff.

Some coaches are not wide receivers coaches, but Heupel could also shuffle his staff around to add a certain coach with ties to him or even promote someone already at Tennessee.

Individuals that are already within Tennessee’s program include offensive support staff personnel, Alec Abeln, Alex Fagan, Charlie High, Tyler Hudanick, Mitch Militello, Kelsey Pope and Jack Taylor.

Below are coaches with prior experience with Heupel and his staff that are not currently at Tennessee.

Kelly Bills

Dixie State football defeats the For Lewis Skyhawks 60-0 Saturday, March 27, 2021. Syndication: The Spectrum

Bills coached alongside Heupel as quality control working with quarterbacks and wide receivers at Utah State in 2015.

He served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Dixie State during the last two seasons. Bills played collegiately as a quarterback at Southern Utah and as a running back at BYU.

Brandon Blaney

Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson, left, knocks a ball away as defensive assistant Brandon Blaney runs players through a drill during NFL football training camp Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Blaney has served as Eastern Michigan’s tight ends coach since 2020 and co-offensive running game coordinator in 2021. He was an assistant with the Tennessee Titans from 2016-17.

Blaney was a graduate assistant working with Oklahoma’s offensive line from 1999-2000 when Heupel was the Sooners’ starting quarterback.

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