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Tennessee four-star 2018 LB commit J.J. Peterson still hasn't enrolled at the school.

"[Peterson's] finishing up a class, and when he gets the class finished up, he’ll be here," Volunteers HC Jeremy Pruitt said. "Would we have liked it… been last week? Absolutely. But that’s part of it. You’ve got to do it, and he’s working hard to do that." Peterson is the highest recruited member of Pruitt's initial class, choosing the Volunteers over Georgia and Alabama. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound linebacker could still compete for early playing time because of his talent, but there could be a bit of a learning curve because he will miss so much of summer practice.
Aug 19 - 11:12 AM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 S Jaylen McCollough.

McCollough's pledge was going to have an SEC flavor to it even had he not sided with the Volunteers, as his other three finalists were South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama. With the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder now in Tennessee's corner, HC Jeremy Pruitt is up to 19 pledges for the class. Four of those come from defensive backs. While McCullough was actually first offered by Tennessee back in 2016, when the team was helmed by Butch Jones, it's Pruitt -- who himself was recruiting him while at Georgia -- and company who got this one done. On the 247Sports composite board, McCullough checks in as the No. 131 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 17 - 12:18 PM

Tennessee senior WR Jauan Jennings was noticeably slowed by an earlier injury during Tuesday's practice.

Jennings (6'3/201) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring, but it's somewhat muddled as to whether he's still working his way through that earlier procedure. Volunteers HC Jeremy Pruitt said that the senior wideout had sustained a minor hyperextension last week, though he did not specify whether that was to Jennings' knee or elbow (the two most common body parts to stress in that fashion). While we'd like a little more clarity than this, it should be considered a good sign that Jennings was able to practice on Tuesday, even if he was not doing so at full strength. We'll continue to monitor his status and update as information becomes available.
Source: Rivals
Aug 14 - 5:12 PM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said that "nobody" has separated themselves in the team's ongoing search for a starting quarterback.

Pruitt said at the beginning of camp that he had no timetable to name a starter. There's apparently been no movement in the race -- or at least not any that Pruitt would share publicly -- in the interim. He did acknowledge that Jarrett Guarantano and Stanford transfer Keller Chryst have "really done some good stuff." We would expect one of those two young gentlemen to win the job when all is said and done. Will McBride and JT Shrout are also ostensibly part of this competition, though we'd be surprised if either made a serious charge for the gig before the close of camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 13 - 6:00 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior DE Jonathan Kongbo moved to outside linebacker earlier this offseason.

Kongbo (6'6/250) took part in spring practices as a defensive end -- though he did not see first-team work outside of one session -- before announcing his position switch after practices had wrapped. While Kongbo has yet to truly live up to his ranking as the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 2016 class (he's posted a combined 40 tackles and 5.5 sacks in two seasons), we still love the talent, here. We are not ruling out the possibility that his position shift unlocks the big breakout year that we've been waiting on. Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt said that Kongbo has "done a really good job this offseason learning the (new) position." Kongbo has also made a concerted effort to cut weight after floating around 270-75 pounds during the season a year ago. He's currently listed at 254 pounds, with OLB coach Chris Rumph noting that this is an ideal playing weight. He also cut weight by degrees last offseason, though that did not hold through the campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 7 - 3:46 PM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt wouldn't commit to a timetable on finalizing their starting quarterback.

Pruitt declared, "If we have somebody that asserts himself, it might be three days into fall camp, it might be six weeks into the season. We have to figure out who gives us the best opportunity. They will control that. Not us." This sounds like standard coach-speak in order to keep his quarterback room motivated while fully knowing if none of them step up significantly, they can turn to the veteran Chryst. On the other hand, it could also mean Chryst isn't playing as well as he should be, something that's fully possible after struggling at Stanford. Watching who receives the most reps with the starters will be the tell on who the Volunteers actually plan on starting to begin the season.
Source: Knox News
Aug 6 - 7:39 PM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said that he's hopeful that sophomore T Trey Smith (blood clots) will be able to take part in contact practices by August 19 or August 20.

Pruitt floated those dates, but they should mostly just be considered guideposts for Smith's progress after blood clots were discovered in the stalwart tackle's lungs back in February. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound sophomore has been taking a treatment course of blood thinners and baby aspirin. Contact practices will not be in the cards until he's off the anticoagulants, but Smith has been taking part in individual drills. He's the Volunteers' most reliable performer on the offensive side when healthy, having made the All-SEC second team last year. The former five-star recruit started 12 games right out of the gate in Knoxville.
Aug 4 - 12:53 PM

Tennessee sophomore T Trey Smith revealed that he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs back in February.

The Vols have been somewhat tight-lipped regarding the nature of Smith's ailment this offseason, with HC Jeremy Pruitt describing it as a "medical issue" in February. In an interview with ESPN published this week, the 6-foot-6, 299-pounder revealed that blood clots had been discovered in his lungs. He's been put on a treatment plan of anticoagulants and baby aspirin. While doctors have cleared him to play this year, the Vols will be treating the former five-star tackle with kid gloves early in August camp, withholding him from contact until he's no longer taking those blood thinners. He's expected to start taking part in contact work midway through the month. This is a delicate health situation and obviously no party involved here 100% knows just how much football Smith's going to be physically capable of handling. His progress will be closely monitored by HC Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee medical staff.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 1 - 11:39 AM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Tyus Fields.

This is considered a bit of an upset, as most recruiting analysts predicted that Fields would end up with Clemson. The four-star corner also was considering Florida State, Penn State, and Maryland; to name a select few. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound Fields gets rave reviews for his coverage skills, and he also has the athleticism to make plays in the return game.
Jul 29 - 11:36 AM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Warren Burrell.

Burrell (5'11/165) was seriously considering Florida and NC State, too, but he loved the connection that he forged with Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt and staff during the recruiting process. He specifically mentioned that Pruitt's defensive background appealed to him. The Suwanee, Georgia, native plays with boundless confidence and possesses both palatable length and plus ball skills. Rivals ranks Burrell as the No. 29 cornerback prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 12:21 PM

Tennessee has dismissed redshirt freshman DL Ryan Thaxton after his arrest on charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault.

Thaxton was suspended indefinitely on July 16 after the arrest. he's alleged to have pushed his girlfriend to his dorm room when she wouldn't follow him, and then blocking the door when she tried to leave. A three-star recruit in the 2017 class, Thaxton didn't play during the 2017 season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 1:08 PM

Tennessee sophomore T Trey Smith (undisclosed) has been cleared to take part in August camp.

Smith (6'6/299) was sidelined for spring practice due to what Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt referred to as a "medical issue." Whatever that issue might have been, the sophomore tackle now appears to have healed up in time to take part in preseason work. After signing on in Knoxville as a five-star recruit in the 2017 class -- ESPN ranked him as the No. 1 prospect for the cycle -- Smith went on to start all 12 games as a true freshman last fall, earning All-SEC second-team honors from the Associated Press at year's end.
Jul 18 - 3:10 PM

Tennessee sophomore DL Ryan Thaxton has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for an alleged domestic assault.

Thaxton was also charged with false imprisonment. He's alleged to have pushed his girlfriend to his dorm room when she wouldn't follow him, and then blocking the door when she tried to leave. ""We are aware of the incident," a statement from the school read. "The student-athlete has been suspended from all team activities while law enforcement and the university investigates."
Jul 16 - 2:29 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DT Elijah Simmons.

Simmons also was considering Memphis and Missouri, along with several other FCS schools in the Tennessee area. He's already the size you'd look for from a zero-technique defensive tackle, listed at 6-foot-1, 344-pounds. As the 47th-rated defensive tackle in 247 Sports composite rankings, it wouldn't be a surprise if Simmons can contribute as a two-down lineman early.
Jul 16 - 1:13 PM

Tennessee junior RB Carlin Fils-Aime transitioned to cornerback this spring.

Fils-Aime (5'11/183) signed with Tennessee as a four-star running back in the 2016 class and proceeded to rush for 273 yards (6.1 YPC) and four touchdowns over the course of his first two years with the program. As for his move to the defensive backfield this spring, Bill Kramer (his old high school coach) said that Fils-Aime possesses the kind of quick-twitch muscles and athletic ability which should translate well. It's possible that Tennessee potentially moves the junior back to the offensive side of things in August or beyond depending on how quickly he takes to corner.
Jul 14 - 2:29 PM


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