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Tennessee HC Butch Jones indicated that his team will not overlook Appalachian State in their season-opening showdown.

"I’ve been so consumed with video, getting our team ready to play mentally and physically, and App State with everything they do," Jones said. "You know, they do some things schematically that really challenge your systems, so all of our effort and energy has been in that." It's one of the more sneaky-interesting Week 1 matchups. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranked them at No. 51 in this month's ongoing countdown of all 128 FBS squads, writing that the Mountaineers' rushing attack -- led by RB Marcux Cox -- is "explosive" and that they possess "a defense that remains one of the best in the Group of 5." Stay tuned.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 27 - 8:20 PM

Tennessee redshirt junior WR Josh Smith was listed as a starting wideout on the team's season-opening depth chart.

Smith and fellow wideout Josh Malone are slated for two starting roles, with Preston Williams and Jauan Jennings in contention for the third receiver role. This could represent a prime opportunity for Smith, who posted a career-best 23 catches for 307 yards (13.3 yards per reception) and two touchdowns in 13 games (seven starts) last season.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 27 - 4:32 PM

Tennessee junior DL Alexis Johnson's suspension has been lifted and he is allowed to resume practicing with the team.

One week ago the school's Student Judicial Panel ruled in favor of Johnson, stating the conduct charges against Johnson were unfounded. Last winter, Johnson was charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment of his ex-girlfriend. The former was later dropped and the latter was changed from a felony to a misdemeanor, and could be dropped altogether. As of now, there is no timetable for Johnson's return to game action, but he needs to catch up in practice and conditioning. This will be Johnson's first opportunity with the team, as he transferred from JUCO.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 19 - 9:33 AM

Tennessee AD Dave Hart will resign from his position effective June 30, 2017.

Hart has been with the Volunteers since September, 2011. He was the one who initially hired Butch Jones to coach Tennessee, though it looks like Jones will outlive his tenure. In a statement, Hart said, "Our University will name a new Chancellor at some point prior to the conclusion of the academic year which has just begun. This decision will allow that individual to select his or her own person to this leadership role and allow me to lead us through what promises to be a very exciting upcoming year in many respects."
Aug 18 - 1:53 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Ty Chandler.

With Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara both set to exit stage left within the next two years -- if not sooner -- Chandler makes for a nice little depth commitment as Tennessee builds its future stable of running backs. The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 173 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. Outlet writer Paul Fortenberry notes that Chandler's "explosiveness, footwork, balance and increasing power make him a player that could come in and compete early for carries."
Source: Rivals
Aug 15 - 2:55 PM

Tennessee junior DT Alexis Johnson (assault) has been cleared by the Student Judicial Panel.

Johnson was arrested in mid-February on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, but that aggravated assault charge was reduced to a misdemeanor assault charge in April (with the false imprisonment charge being dropped altogether). Now cleared by Tennessee's Student Judicial Panel and seemingly putting his legal troubles behind him, the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder's next step will be to attempt to extricate him from HC Butch Jones' doghouse. For the time being, he remains on indefinite suspension.
Aug 12 - 1:12 PM

Tennessee sophomore CB Darrell Miller announced he is no longer a part of the Vols football team.

The former 3-star prospect played in five games during his only season with Tennessee. As of now there are no indications where Miller could land next.
Aug 11 - 10:03 AM

Tennessee placed Football Operations Director Chris Spognardi on paid administrative leave.

247Sports' John Brice is reporting that Spognardi has been "legally removed from his duties" and placed on paid leave, which is standard protocol. It should be noted that Spognardi has not been fired and that the ultimate result of the unspecified situation that led to this has yet to be sorted out. He was HC Butch Jones' first hire at Tennessee.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 10 - 4:06 PM

An opposing SEC coach says Tennessee senior QB Josh Dobbs is "the one question they have offensively."

"I don’t know with [Joshua] Dobbs," he said. "In my mind, he’s the one question they have offensively. He’s probably not as good as people make him out to be, but he does a solid job in their system." We agree that Dobbs isn't an NFL-grade passer at the moment, but he has the tools to get there and is a tough and dangerous runner.
Aug 6 - 10:24 AM

Tennessee senior QB Josh Dobbs forced 45 missed tackles on 125 carries last season.

That is outstanding. On top of those avoided tackles, Dobbs averaged 4.5 yards after contact in 2015. We would not say Dobbs is an NFL-caliber passer at this point, but his game fits the collegiate level very well. The same was said last season, but the Vols have one of the most talented rosters in the country. The backfield is one of their strengths with Dobbs, Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara.
Aug 3 - 11:06 AM

SEC on CBS color commentator Gary Danielson wonders whether Tennessee is ready to handle the spotlight.

"Don’t get me wrong. Tennessee is very physical and they are a really good football team," Danielson told Gridiron Now's Gary Barnhart. "But right now they are the least ready to win the tight games. That includes their fans, their players and their coaching staff." Despite these concerns, the 10-year SEC announcing veteran still predicted that the Volunteers would do enough to win the SEC East. He more or less dismissed the possibility of a team other than the Vols coming out on top there. "As for the rest of the teams in that division," he said "I just don't see it."
Aug 1 - 3:46 PM

ESPN's Chris Low notes Tennessee could rely on freshmen Tyler Byrd and Brandon Johnson at WR this season.

Low points out head coach Butch Jones said the team needs receivers who can win one on one matchups, so Byrd and Johnson might be a few of the best options on the roster. Marquez North bolted to the NFL after a disappointing college campaign, so juniors Josh Malone and Josh Smith might be the veteran players among pass catchers this year. In terms of freshmen, Byrd stands 5'11/160 pounds and was also recruited as a cornerback, while Johnson is 6'2/180 pounds.
Aug 1 - 9:00 AM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones said, "We anticipate [sophomore DL Shy Tuttle (leg)] being ready for the first game, but we'll see how that goes."

Tuttle broke his fibula and tore a ligament in his ankle in an October win over Georgia last season (by-the-by, that was the same game in which Nick Chubb suffered a season-ending knee injury). He has been medically cleared to run, but Jones won't be taking undue chances with the 6-foot-2, 311-pounder's health this August. "He's worked exceptionally hard, but it's going to be touch and go every day," he said. "It's going to be how his body works to heal. Every day, we'll know a little something more."
Jul 26 - 3:34 PM

As of now there is no timetable for Tennessee sophomore DL Shy Tuttle's return to the field after breaking his fibula last October.

"He’s progressing. He’s running. He’s been working out," head coach Butch Jones said. Jones added the impressive defensive lineman will be limited at the start of camp, and the team is hoping to know more in mid-August. Tuttle played as a reserve in six games, seeing the field for 34 percent of the school's snaps during that span. He starred as a run defender. Tennessee dealt with injuries along their defensive line all offseason.
Source: ESPN
Jul 25 - 11:07 AM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from 2017 three-star QB C.J. Lewis.

"Although [Lewis is] athletic and has been clocked in the low 4.6s in the forty-yard dash," wrote Rivals Paul Fortenberry, "[his] first inclination with pressure coming isn't just to tuck and run. He shows a nice capacity to keep his eyes down the field to find the open receiver." He adds that while the 6-foot-3, 197-pounder doesn't necessarily have a howitzer for an arm, he makes up for that with his touch and accuracy on deep throws. Lewis stands as Tennessee's first quarterback commitment for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 23 - 7:23 PM


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