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Rivals recruiting analysts Rob Cassidy, Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack tagged Tennessee four-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Alontae Taylor as one of the standouts from the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis.

"Taylor was so impressive that he almost made getting open look effortless, even when battling the event’s top defensive backs," noted the trio of analysts. "Taylor’s progression from year to year has been very impressive and the more comfortable he becomes as a wide receiver, the better he seems to perform." The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder had previously been playing quarterback at Coffee County Central (Tennessee) before shifting over to wideout. Rivals ranks him as the No. 143 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 6:13 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah believes that Tennessee junior WR Jauan Jennings is "probably good enough to be considered a star."

"With Josh Malone gone to the NFL, Jennings should compete to be one of the SEC’s few 1,000-yard receivers in 2017, and perhaps develop into a legitimate NFL prospect," Jeyarajah writes. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 201-pounder caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns. He received a citation for simple possession of marijuana in early February, but that charge has since been dismissed and thus should have no effect on his availability for the start of the coming season.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 4:27 PM

Graduate transfer CB Shaq Wiggins is reportedly visiting Mississippi State after declaring to Tennessee, according to Mike Griffith.

Wiggins declared his commitment to Tennessee in late April, but his connection to Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is evident. Wiggins played for the coach at Georgia and again at Louisville. Wiggins has a good chance to compete for a starting job at Tennessee, but we will see how this plays out.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 10:11 AM

Tennessee redshirt junior DE Jonathan Kongbo has dropped 20 pounds this offseason.

Kongbo is listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds on the Tennessee team page, but it would appear that you can slash about 20 pounds off that weight. SEC Country's Oliver Connolly views Kongbo -- the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 2016 class -- as a player with potential to blossom this coming season, writing that he "uses his athletic ability to stymie opponents with his arm extension and explosiveness, often beating blockers by being a superior athlete." During the past campaign, Kongbo registered 11 tackles (3.0 for loss), a sack and an interception over the course of seven games played.
Source: SEC Country
May 19 - 3:13 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker compared Tennessee four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Adrian Martinez to Auburn junior QB Jarrett Stidham.

"Both QBs are passers first but athletic enough to make plays outside of the pocket and hurt you with their legs or ability to throw accurately on the run," Tucker wrote. "Like Stidham, Martinez is a cool customer who drives the ball into tight windows when needed or can throw with touch and timing." The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is listed as ESPN's No. 32 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. In ESPN's scouting report, they note that Martinez "can drive the ball" ... "make all the throws" and possesses "a high ceiling."
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 2:21 PM

Tennessee senior CB Justin Martin was named the Vols' most improved defensive player this spring.

Martin is a prime contender to become Tennessee's new No. 1 corner this fall with Cam Sutton out the door. "He's always had the confidence to be the Vols' No. 1 corner, but he showed more of it this spring, along with improved maturity and technique," noted ESPN's Edward Aschoff. "He's long and athletic and has been one of new defensive backs coach Charlton Warren's darlings this spring."
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 1:55 PM

Tennessee junior QB Quinten Dormady is pushing to be the Vols' starter.

Dormady reportedly entered the school's spring game as a bit of an afterthought, but his near perfect performance catapulted him to the top of the line. Redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano was considered Josh Dobbs' obvious successor when recruited, however, changes in playcalling might give Dormady a better shot.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 10:27 AM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes that Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Justin Guarantano "has some ground to make up over the summer and during fall camp."

Guarantano was considered the likely favorite to replace Josh Dobbs entering the offseason, but a strong spring from junior QB Quinten Dormady looks to have put him a step back in the quarterback competition. Writes Aschoff, "As it stands now, Dormady is essentially the 1A quarterback and Guarantano is 1B. It's a good problem to have going into summer, but these are the months when a true leader emerges." Clarity should come with August camp, but until then, this remains an open competition.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 12:14 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 QB Adrian Martinez.

Martinez was a Cal commit up until April, when he reopened his recruitment. He cited a superstar as inspiration for his game, telling Rivals, "I want to be an Aaron Rodgers type. He's mobile enough to frustrate defenses and get a first down and scramble and make a play, but he makes his money in the pocket and throw on the run." The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder ranks as ESPN's No. 32 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle, with the outlet noting that Martinez "can drive the ball and will get hot" and "can make all the throws and has a high ceiling for development."
Source: Rivals
May 12 - 6:43 PM

247Sports.com‘s Ryan Bartow reports that Temple, a few FCS schools and a "host" of JUCOs have contacted transferring Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Sheriron Jones.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pounder was a four-star recruit in the 2015 class. Hopelessly stuck behind Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano on the spring depth chart, Jones left Rocky Top upon realizing he wasn't being viewed as a candidate to replace Josh Dobbs.
May 10 - 3:23 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior WR Josh Smith was arrested and charged with domestic assault early Saturday morning.

Smith is being accused of assaulting his male roommate. While not many details have emerged at this juncture, Jimmy Hyams of Knoxville's WNML 99.1 FM station relays that the wideout and his roommate are longtime friends and share an off-campus house. The 6-foot-1, 213-pounder has been released on $2,000 bond. His attorney claims that there has been no wrongdoing on the part of his client. Smith logged a 13-97-1 receiving line with the Volunteers last season.
May 6 - 2:19 PM

Tennessee junior QB Quinten Dormady completed 10-of-10 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Dormady was not the front-runner to start prior to the spring (that would have been redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano), but has taken a huge step forward over the past two months. In mid-April, SEC Country's Mike Griffith called him "1A" in the competition to start in 2017, while FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel now views Dormady as the leader with the Volunteer spring game in the books. This competition is not yet settled, though, and Guarantano shouldn't be ruled out as a starting option even with Dormady's big spring.
Source: FOX Sports
May 5 - 6:45 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva offered up a grade of "B-" for the Eagles' draft.

"[Tennessee DE Derek] Barnett, [Timmy] Jernigan, [West Virginia CB Rasul] Douglas, and [Nebraska S Nathan] Gerry were the big positives from this haul," Silva writes. He factors Jernigan into the draft grade due to the fact that the team gave up capital to the Ravens in order to acquire the defensive lineman. Silva adds that "[Washington CB Sidney] Jones will be popularly viewed as a 'potential steal,' but I’m marking him as a net negative on the Eagles’ grade." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline (who gave the Eagles a "B" grade) sees fifth-round WR Shelton Gibson as a potential steal for Philadelphia, while Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke (who gave the Eagles a "B+" grade) offered up a kind word for the Eagles' selection of San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round, believing that he "essentially could be Darren Sproles 2.0."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 9:57 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Sheriron Jones will transfer.

Jones decided to transfer to Colorado this past winter, but had a change of heart and decided to return to Tennessee for the spring. He once more is making transfer noise -- and will presumably actually go through with it this time around. Tennessee has confirmed that he has been released from his scholarship. The 6-foot-2, 208-pounder was on the outside looking in when it came to the ongoing competition to replace newest Pittsburgh Steeler QB Josh Dobbs, with Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano looking like the leaders in that race. Jones was a four-star recruit for the 2014 cycle. By the 247Sports composite, he ranked as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback prospect coming out of high school.
Source: 247Sports
May 2 - 6:50 PM

Steelers selected Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Dobbs (6’3/216) made 35 starts at Tennessee, graduating with a 23-12 record, 61.5% completion rate, 53:29 TD-to-INT ratio, and 7.1 yards-per-attempt average. Dobbs also set school records in rushing yards (2,160) and rushing TDs by a quarterback (32), averaging 4.93 yards per carry. An impressive background, Dobbs has a degree in aerospace engineering. While Dobbs offers plus height, athleticism, and smarts, he is a rail-thin "push thrower" who doesn’t torque his body to generate velocity. Dobbs’ inconsistent decision making and footwork also led to inaccuracy and turnovers at Tennessee. Still intriguing in some respects, Dobbs offers a sliver of developmental upside.
Apr 29 - 1:37 PM


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