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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones named senior Justin Worley the team's starting QB.

Worley started seven games last season after starting none in 2012 but three as a freshman. As a junior, he likely would have finished 2013 as a starter but went down with a thumb injury that required surgery. Sophomore Joshua Dobbs and redshirt Nathan Peterman were also contending for a starting gig. Despite starting ten games in his career, Worley has only thrown 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has a great target in sophomore Marquez North.
Aug 14 - 3:09 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones said a starting QB might be named this week.

The Vols continued to rotate a number of quarterbacks last season without one taking a firm handle on the starting job. Senior Justin Worley, sophomore Joshua Dobbs and redshirt Nathan Peterman are just some of the possibilities.
Aug 11 - 12:57 PM

Former Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Riley Ferguson plans on transferring to UNC-Charlotte, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler cites a source close to the Vols' program and adds the transfer should take place barring "any recent changes." Ferguson sat out his only season with Tennessee and would be eligible to play immediate for his hometown 49ers.
Jul 14 - 10:46 AM

2015 five-star DT recruit Kahlil McKenzie has committed to the Tennessee Volunteers.

Kahlil Mckenzie, the son of Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, was one of the top defensive line prospects in the nation. McKenzie chose the Volunteers over fellow finalist Arizona on Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 341 pound recruit received offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, USC, Oregon and Texas, among others. Kahlil's dad Reggie played linebacker for the Volunteers from 1981-84, and his uncle Raleigh was the starting center for the Vol's from 1982-84. In 2015, McKenzie should have an opportunity to compete for playing time as a true freshman.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 12:47 PM

Tennessee freshman DL/OL Charles Mosley was injured in a car accident that occurred on Sunday.

Details are scarce at this moment, but Saturday Down South mentioned that Mosley might have broken a leg as a result of the crash. Rivals rated Mosley as a three-star recruit, and the team's website lists him as an OL/DL. The 6'5/374 lbs player certainly has the size to play either.
Jul 7 - 11:34 AM

Former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara transferred to Tennessee.

The four-star recruit out of high school was fortunately given permission to transfer to a fellow SEC school. Kamara also visited Clemson, and considered Georgia. Kamara's exit from Tuscaloosa was hastened by a pair of suspensions. Kamara was never going to reach the top of the Crimson Tide's loaded RB depth chart.
Jun 21 - 4:56 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones does not expect redshirt freshman QB Riley Ferguson to return to the school.

"Riley's no longer with the program," Jones said. The quarterback missed last season due to a leg injury, however "he impressed coaches with his arm strength and upside," according to ESPN. Senior Justin Worley and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman will compete for the starting job.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 10:44 AM

Former Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James was named by two of five NFL.com writers as the draft's biggest reach.

"The former Tennessee standout was taken in the middle of the first round despite playing right tackle extensively as a collegian," wrote Bucky Brooks. "Although the seismic shift of the NFL into a passing league makes it necessary to have a pair of quality offensive tackles in the lineup, the draft value of a right tackle doesn't mesh with where James was selected." Miami desperately needed offensive line reinforcement, but many analysts ranked several offensive lineman available at No. 19 over James. "I was shocked when it happened and I remain shocked more than two weeks later," wrote Mike Huguenin. "I don't think the guy was one of the top eight offensive tackles and am flabbergasted Miami felt the need to take him in the first round. He's a right tackle who can struggle when blocking for the run. What am I missing?"
Source: NFL.com
May 27 - 9:13 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread believes Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson has the most to prove amongst SEC draft prospects in 2014.

Johnson decided to return to school over the winter, a decision most everybody thought was the correct one. "Now, he has to show NFL scouts he's improved on some of the knocks on his game, specifically, open-field tackling and playing on the perimeter," wrote Goodbread. "Exhibit A: Auburn's 444 rushing yards against the Vols last season." Draft analysts projected Johnson as a fourth- to fifth-round prospect when he was weighing his decision over the winter. We think he needs plenty of refinement to transcend that projection in the 2015 draft. Johnson is a limited player who wins between the tackles and only attacks effectively in a straight line.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 10:51 PM

Falcons signed Tennessee G/C James Stone.

Stone (6-foot-3 7/8, 306) made 39 starts for the Vols, dabbling at guard but primarily playing center. He does have enough arm length (33 7/8") to offer position flexibility in the pros. Stone showed limited athleticism at the Combine, running 5.17 with a 27 1/2-inch vertical, and managing 22 reps on the bench. Stone is a low-ceiling, interior-only prospect.
May 13 - 9:01 PM

Vikings signed Tennessee OT Tiny Richardson.

Richardson (6-foot-6, 336) made 24 starts for the Vols, all at left tackle, and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior before turning pro. Richardson is size gifted with 35-inch arms and huge (10 1/4") hands, but was a college underachiever with sloppy technique and unpredictable effort. He was a sub-par college run blocker, lacks athleticism for the blind side and plays with inconsistent toughness.
May 11 - 2:43 PM

Packers signed Tennessee undrafted free agent RB Rajion Neal.

Neal (5-foot-11 1/8, 220) was a pedestrian back in the SEC, starting for two-plus seasons and gaining 2,163 yards on 444 career carries (4.87 YPC) with 19 touchdowns and 66 receptions. He ran a 4.57 forty-yard dash at the Vols' Pro Day, adding a 9-foot-11 broad jump and 38-inch vertical. Neal can be an asset in the passing game, but lacks the talent required to be an NFL lead runner. He'll try to carve out a career as a third-down back and pass protector.
May 11 - 2:06 PM

Steelers selected Tennessee NT Daniel McCullers with the No. 215 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

McCullers (6-foot-6 7/8, 352) played nose tackle for the Vols, starting for two seasons after a JUCO transfer. He tallied ten tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two blocked kicks. A onetime 400-pounder, McCullers is a massive human with fire hose-like 36 5/8-inch arms and 11-inch hands, but was easily beaten with leverage at times in the SEC, and likely won't succeed on the interior in the pros. He projects best as a two-down, run-stopping five technique who will never contribute as a pass rusher and might have to fight to make the roster.
May 10 - 5:28 PM

Chiefs selected Tennessee G Zach Fulton with the No. 193 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Fulton (6-foot-4 5/8, 316) made 40 starts for the Vols, all at right guard. Although he needs to get stronger (25 bench reps), Fulton has mauler potential in the run game with a powerful profile, and was not a deficient pass protector in the SEC. He has plus arm length for a guard (33 1/4"). Fulton figures to open his NFL career as a reserve, but has a shot to develop into a starter.
May 10 - 4:27 PM

Dolphins selected Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

James (6-foot-6, 311) made a school-record 49 career starts for the Vols, all at right tackle, and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior. He ran a 5.34 forty at the Combine, adding a 29-inch vertical and 8-foot-7 broad jump with 22 reps on the bench. James has ideal arm length (35") and was an outstanding college pass blocker, but must improve in the running game to nail down a starting job. It's possible James will end up at left tackle in the pros. James will only have to hold off Jason Fox for Miami's starting right-tackle job this summer. The Dolphins badly needed the depth up front.
May 8 - 10:21 PM


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