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Fred Graves
Wide Receivers

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Fred Graves is in his fourth season with the Titans and 35th season in coaching.

In his three seasons with the Titans, Graves has developed his corps into a reliable group of receivers. Both Justin Gage (55) and Nate Washington (47) posted career highs in their first seasons with the Titans. Last season he groomed rookie wide out Kenny Britt into the Titans leading receiver (701 yards), becoming the first rookie to lead the franchise in receiving yards since Chris Sanders in 1995.  Britt’s receiving yardage total was the fifth highest by a rookie in franchise history and ranked fifth among NFL rookies last year. In 2008, Gage ranked third in the NFL in average yards per reception (19.1) and posted a career high six touchdown grabs. A stickler for precision, Graves’ receiver group has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in two of the last three seasons in fewest drops per catchable pass (16 in 2007 and 22 in 2008, according to STATS, Inc.).

Graves joined the Titans from the Detroit Lions, where he coached the wide receivers in 2005. In his one season with the Lions, the corps of wide receivers totaled 148 receptions for 1,810 yards and Roy Williams continued to mature into a featured target with a career-high eight touchdowns.

Graves spent one season coaching the wide outs for the Cleveland Browns in 2004. His first NFL job was with the Buffalo Bills on Gregg Williams’ staff from 2001 until 2003. In 2002, the Bills receivers posted eye-popping numbers with the trio of Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed combining for 231 receptions, 3,053 yards and 21 touchdowns. Moulds became the first Bills receiver to reach the 100-reception mark in a season and earned a Pro Bowl selection.

Graves spent 26 years coaching in the college ranks with 19 of those years (1982-00) spent at his alma mater, Utah. While coaching for the Utes, he held a number of positions, including assistant head coach/wide receivers (1994, 1998-00), offensive coordinator/wide receivers (1995-97), wide receivers (1982-89, 1991-93) and running backs (1990).  In his tenure with the Utes, he tutored future NFL players Kevin Dyson (Titans) and Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers). Graves’ coaching career began at Northeast Missouri State (1975-76) and includes stints at Western Illinois (1977-78) and New Mexico State (1979-81).

Born in Los Angeles, Calif. (3/2/50), Graves played halfback and split end for the University of Utah and led the team with 45 receptions in his senior year. Graves and his wife, Michele, have a son, Marcus (14), a grown daughter, Amber, and two grandchildren, Teneil and Isaiah. His wife Michele was a former softball coach at the University of Utah and a Utah Softball Hall of Fame Inductee.

Fred Graves Coaching Ledger
2007-10: Wide Receivers, Tennessee Titans
2005: Wide Receivers, Detroit Lions
2004: Wide Receivers, Cleveland Browns
2001-03: Wide Receivers, Buffalo Bills
1998-00: Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1995-97: Offensive Coordinator, University of Utah
1994: Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1991-93: Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1990: Running Backs, University of Utah
1982-89: Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1979-81: Tight Ends/Wide Receivers, New Mexico State
1977-78: Tight Ends/Wide Receivers, Western Illinois
1975-76: Tight Ends/Wide Receivers, Northeast Missouri St.

Fred Graves is in his fourth season with the Titans and 35th season in coaching.

In his three seasons with the Titans, Graves has developed his corps into a reliable group of receivers. Both Justin Gage (55) and Nate Washington (47) posted career highs in their first seasons with the Titans. Last season he groomed rookie wide out Kenny Britt into the Titans leading receiver (701 yards), becoming the first rookie to lead the franchise in receiving yards since Chris Sanders in 1995.  Britt’s receiving yardage total was the fifth highest by a rookie in franchise history and ranked fifth among NFL rookies last year. In 2008, Gage ranked third in the NFL in average yards per reception (19.1) and posted a career high six touchdown grabs. A stickler for precision, Graves’ receiver group has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in two of the last three seasons in fewest drops per catchable pass (16 in 2007 and 22 in 2008, according to STATS, Inc.).

Graves joined the Titans from the Detroit Lions, where he coached the wide receivers in 2005. In his one season with the Lions, the corps of wide receivers totaled 148 receptions for 1,810 yards and Roy Williams continued to mature into a featured target with a career-high eight touchdowns.

Graves spent one season coaching the wide outs for the Cleveland Browns in 2004. His first NFL job was with the Buffalo Bills on Gregg Williams’ staff from 2001 until 2003. In 2002, the Bills receivers posted eye-popping numbers with the trio of Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed combining for 231 receptions, 3,053 yards and 21 touchdowns. Moulds became the first Bills receiver to reach the 100-reception mark in a season and earned a Pro Bowl selection.

Graves spent 26 years coaching in the college ranks with 19 of those years (1982-00) spent at his alma mater, Utah. While coaching for the Utes, he held a number of positions, including assistant head coach/wide receivers (1994, 1998-00), offensive coordinator/wide receivers (1995-97), wide receivers (1982-89, 1991-93) and running backs (1990).  In his tenure with the Utes, he tutored future NFL players Kevin Dyson (Titans) and Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers). Graves’ coaching career began at Northeast Missouri State (1975-76) and includes stints at Western Illinois (1977-78) and New Mexico State (1979-81).

Born in Los Angeles, Calif. (3/2/50), Graves played halfback and split end for the University of Utah and led the team with 45 receptions in his senior year. Graves and his wife, Michele, have a son, Marcus (14), a grown daughter, Amber, and two grandchildren, Teneil and Isaiah. His wife Michele was a former softball coach at the University of Utah and a Utah Softball Hall of Fame Inductee.

Fred Graves Coaching Ledger
2007-10: Wide Receivers, Tennessee Titans
2005: Wide Receivers, Detroit Lions
2004: Wide Receivers, Cleveland Browns
2001-03: Wide Receivers, Buffalo Bills
1998-00: Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1995-97: Offensive Coordinator, University of Utah
1994: Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1991-93: Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1990: Running Backs, University of Utah
1982-89: Wide Receivers, University of Utah
1979-81: Tight Ends/Wide Receivers, New Mexico State
1977-78: Tight Ends/Wide Receivers, Western Illinois
1975-76: Tight Ends/Wide Receivers, Northeast Missouri St.

 

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