Former Vol James Wilhoit eyes NFL career

Former Vol James Wilhoit eyes NFL career

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - James Wilhoit hasn't given up his NFL dream-- it's just taken a different shape.

Since he left Tennessee in 2006, The former Vols kicker has built a successful business as a self-employed kicking coach. 

In recent years, his client base, mostly high school kickers hoping to land a college scholarship, has grown from roughly 30 students a few years ago-- to around ninety now.

Wilhoit made his most memorable kick for Tennessee as a sophomore in 2004-- a 50-yard overtime drive that split the uprights and gave the Vols a 30-28 win over the Florida Gators.

Wilhoit was a freshman All-America player in 2003 and was named All-SEC as a senior in 2006.

After college, Wilhoit had hoped to land a full-time job in the NFL.  That dream still exists, but no longer as a player.

"I would love to leverage the opportunity that's going on right now to become a special teams consultant in the NFL," Wilhoit said after a recent coaching session in Knoxville.

"College is a difficult job for the hours and everything. But there are teams, the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens a few people that hire on people specifically as kicking coaches."

Wilhoit has worked with college teams, including Tennessee, MTSU, Southern Miss and Carson-Newman.

And his kicking days haven't ended completely. 

The Hendersonville native recently played for the Kansas City Command of the A1 Arena League.

You can read more about the James Wilhoit's Kicking Coach website here

 

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