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Tennessee redshirt sophomore OL Ray Raulerson indicated that he was looking into transfer destinations.

"I'm exploring options right now," Raulerson said, later adding, "I really loved it at Tennessee, but I'm going to go to a place where I have a better chance to play." The 6-foot-4, 287-pounder came to the decision to transfer after talking with Volunteer coaches last week. He hopes to find a new home by the end of the summer, preferably within the FBS. Raulerson is comfortable with the fact that he would have to sit out a year. A member of the 2014 recruiting class, Raulerson was graded as a consensus three-star prospect out of high school.
Jun 26 - 12:11 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior T Dontavius Blair and redshirt sophomore OL Ray Raulerson have left the football team.

The duo apparently plans to look into FCS programs, where they would be immediately eligible. With the amount of talent spread throughout Tennessee's football team, the same might not be said about the offensive line. That is not to say Blair or Raulerson would have contributed this year, but the offensive line could be the school's weak link.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 24 - 9:32 AM

Tennessee redshirt freshman WR Vincent Perry has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2016 season.

Perry will be taken off his scholarship, but plans on paying for the fall semester on his own with the hope that he will be able to earn it back. HC Butch Jones is allowing him to remain with the football program for the coming season, though he (obviously) won't be allowed to suit up or play. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder has already fought through his share of adversity during his young career with the Volunteers. Last August, he suffered an injury to his meniscus and was forced to miss the entirety of the 2015 campaign.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 22 - 3:52 PM

Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek will step down from the position.

Cheek, 69, will continue to hold his current position until a replacement is found, at which point he will step aside and return to classroom teaching. He has been with Tennessee since 2009. In a statement, he touched on his overall tenure with the university, including the athletics side of the equation. "Our athletics department is stronger financially. Our student-athletes are making great progress in the classroom with the highest grades ever while also training to be champions."
Jun 21 - 2:02 PM

Four-star 2017 DT Kivon Bennett committed to Tennessee.

Bennett announced his commitment on Twitter Monday morning. In speaking with Rivals, he explained, "I chose [Tennessee] because of the amount of love they showed me. Since they offered me they've talked to me like almost every day." As for what he might provide for the Volunteers, Scout.com notes that the 6-foot-3, 255-pounder "does a good job of taking control and steering offensive linemen, but is also violent when disengaging off blocks with his active hands." They have been impressed by his "short-area quickness."
Jun 20 - 3:20 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack noted that four-star 2018 T Cade Mays "won several reps emphatically" during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Most impressively, Mays "owned" his showdown with five-star DE Jaelan Phillips, who ranks as the No. 23 overall recruit for the 2017 cycle by Rivals standards. That the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder won that one is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Mays is just now heading into his junior season at Catholic High in Nashville. He could potentially play tackle or guard with the Volunteers once the 2018 cycle is in the books.
Source: Rivals
Jun 17 - 3:18 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore DE Jonathan Kongbo predicted that the Volunteers would go undefeated in 2016.

"I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year," Kongbo said. Confidence is the currency of youth. Case in point: Florida has beaten Tennessee 11 consecutive times. The 6-foot-6, 256-pounder -- a five-star JUCO recruit for 2016 -- cares not for such sobering statistics, saying, "I know we're going to beat Florida." HC Butch Jones understandably attempted to tamp down on the bold predictions, saying, "We have tremendous respect for Alabama, and who wouldn't with what they have there and everybody in our conference? Sometimes individuals are excited to play, excited about the season."
Jun 15 - 3:15 PM

Tennessee has canceled classes for its home-opener against Appalachian State on September 1.

The vast majority of college football's delightful Week 1 schedule will kickoff on Saturday, September 3, but the Vols had their home opener pushed up by two days in order to accommodate the needs of ESPN and the SEC Network. Classes are being canceled for reasons of traffic, parking and security. "We look forward to the exciting opportunity to represent our conference on the SEC Network to open the 2016 season on the first night in September," AD Dave Hart said in a statement. The university will have students make up for their new Thursday fun day by extending the autumn semester an additional day.
Jun 14 - 1:12 PM

Last fall, former Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins said Tennessee junior RB Jalen Hurd's combination of speed and power "sort of reminds me of Todd [Gurley] a little bit."

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound back has 2,184 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns along with 57 catches for 411 yards in his two seasons on campus. Vols fans should drink him in this fall. It may be his last in Knoxville.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 13 - 8:17 PM

Four-star 2017 ATH Maleik Gray committed to Tennessee.

Gray has shown ability as both a running back and receiver, but Scout.com's staff believes that the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder will ultimately end up playing defense, noting that he "spends a lot of time inside the box on the high school level, but he will likely start out in the secondary at safety in college. He could become a hybrid due to his size, his ability to play the run, and how effective he can be used in blitz packages." Gray ranks as the outlet's No. 44 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 13 - 2:38 PM

An SEC defensive coach said that Tennessee senior QB Josh Dobbs "has good feet for a bigger guy, and he knows how to get skinny."

"You have to send four down linemen," the coach told ESPN, "and you may have to dedicate a linebacker to spy him to take away that avenue, because if he's going to throw, he's gonna get the ball out quick." Last season, Dobbs threw for 2,291 yards (59.6% completions) with a 15/5 TD/INT ratio. His passing remains a work in progress, but he is already an accomplished threat on the ground (671 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns in 2015). "That's when it's tough, because you have to have a 'backer that's fast enough to track him down," said the anonymous defensive coach.
Jun 12 - 7:04 PM

Tennessee redshirt freshman P Tommy Townsend will transfer.

Townsend was a three-star member of the Volunteers' 2014 class. He probably would have competed for starting duties in 2016, but walk-on punter Trevor Daniel turned out to have a golden foot. Daniel averaged 45.7 yards per boot last season -- a school record. Needless to say, Townsend should find more playing time elsewhere. If he transfers within the FBS, he will have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA regulations.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 11 - 5:16 PM

If Tennessee redshirt junior RB Alvin Kamara retains his per-snap efficiency over a bigger workload, he'll be "one of college football’s best runners" according to Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley.

Kamara's elusive rating would have ranked No. 3 ahead of Leonard Fournette and Royce Freeman had he finished with enough carries to qualify. As is, he broke 28 tackles as a runner and 13 more as a receiver and was the second-most efficient receiving running back behind only Christian McCaffrey. In limited carries behind Jalen Hurd, Kamara had 698 yards (6.5 YPC) and seven touchdowns on the ground and 34 catches for 291 yards and three more scores through the air.
Jun 9 - 6:19 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones said that his team's mindset has not changed despite an immense wave of preseason hype.

"Focus on one day at a time and work to win the day. Don’t look up. Don’t look around. Just work to be better in everything that we do," Jones said. Now heading into his fourth season with the Volunteers, he is looking to build on a 9-4 2015 campaign -- Tennessee's first season with at least nine wins since they won 10 games in 2007. As to how they will be able to reach their full potential in 2016, Jones said, "We have to get stronger. We have to get more explosive. Both will be critical, and I think we’re getting there. We’re going to find out."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 7:49 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Tennessee senior LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin is "undersized by NFL standards with narrow shoulders, shorter arms and limited growth potential."

"[Reeves-Maybin] understands how to leverage the field and break down as a tackler," Brugler wrote, "but lacks ideal power for the next level and needs to be a more consistent finisher, especially vs. bigger backs." The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has been insanely productive over the last two seasons, logging a combined 206 tackles (25 for loss) and eight sacks in that space. "Although his lack of size and power potential will likely keep him out of the top-50 picks, if he improves his consistency in coverage and as a finisher, Reeves-Maybin can secure second-day status as a draft pick in the 2017 class," Brugler concluded.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 2 - 5:38 PM


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