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Tennessee sophomore WR Brandon Edward Johnson caught seven passes for 123 yards in the school's 17-13 win over UMass on Saturday.

Johnson's top play was a 66-yard reception on 3rd and 8, as he caught the pass between the numbers and split defensive backs for a long gain, but was caught before the endzone. Johnson has a real chance to emerge as the school's go-to option for the rest of the season.
Sep 23 - 3:39 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones indicated that senior LB Cortez McDowell (wrist) could potentially return before the end of the season.

McDowell injured his wrist in this past weekend's loss to Florida and was initially believed to have been lost to the season. He's undergone surgery on that wrist, but with further evaluation, there is the thought that he could see the field again before the campaign has reached its conclusion. And even if he can't return by the end of the regular season, bowl play could still be on the table for him. We'll have a more clear idea of a potential return date -- if there is one -- for McDowell as he gets further along in his rehab.
Sep 21 - 12:14 PM

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said the team needs to get sophomore WR Tyler Byrd and RB Ty Chandler more involved.

"We’re going to work to do that this Saturday," Jones said of the duo. Byrd has not caught a pass this season despite being the team's leading receiver from 2016 after Jauan Jennings went down for the season. Chandler made a major impact as a kickoff returner. It is clear Jones thinks his team needs a spark.
Sep 21 - 8:25 AM

Tennessee senior LB Cortez McDowell (wrist) will miss the remainder of the season.

McDowell suffered the wrist injury during the Vols' loss to Florida on Saturday when he got cracked with an unexpected block in the second level. He'll undergo season-ending surgery. This is terrible news for a Tennessee linebacking corps that was already out projected starters ILB Darrin Kirkland, Jr. (season-ending surgery) and OLB Austin Smith (knee injury in camp).
Sep 20 - 3:58 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones confirmed that junior WR Jauan Jennings (wrist) is out for the season.

As expected. Jones previously stated that Jones was out indefinitely, but with a 12-week minimum recovery timeline, it never seemed realistic for Jennings to return. Since he was hurt in the opener, and since he hasn't yet used a redshirt, Jennings can salvage this year of eligibility via a medical redshirt.
Sep 18 - 3:20 PM

Tennessee senior LB Cortez McDowell will miss a number of games after sustaining a wrist injury that requires surgery.

McDowell was nailed with a block he wasn't expecting at the second level and went down with the injury. Tennessee, after a last-second loss to Florida, adds injury to insult and continues on the downward trend partially due to a thinning roster. "Tennessee’s entire projected starting linebacker corps is expected to be sidelined heading into a home game Saturday with Massachusetts," Mike Griffith of SEC Country notes.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 18 - 8:10 AM

CBS Sports' Ben Kercheval tagged Tennessee HC Butch Jones as one of the weekend's "losers" for his performance in Saturday's loss to Florida.

"Play calling was routinely either conservative, unnecessarily cute or questionable given down-and-distance situations," writes Kercheval, who notes that Vols RB John Kelly -- who played fantastically in the defeat -- was "practically non-existent in goal-line situations." The cherry on top of this wretchedly-coached sundae came at the end of the game, when the Volunteers were also not properly set up to defend Florida's successful Hail Mary attempt.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 17 - 1:18 PM

Tennessee junior RB John Kelly rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Saturday's 26-20 loss to Florida.

Kelly was fantastic in this one, rumbling for a 34-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter and repeatedly ripping through the Florida defense for big gains. All of this fine work went for naught thanks to a walk-off 61-yard Hail Mary by the Gators with the game tied in the final seconds. Bitter loss aside, Kelly has been supremely dependable this season, having now rushed for at least 125 yards in two of three games.
Sep 16 - 7:15 PM

Tennessee sophomore WR Tyler Byrd (undisclosed) is listed as probable for the Florida game on Saturday.

Byrd (5'11/160) hasn't yet played due to the undisclosed injury. Whenever he returns, he'll be a tertiary option in the Vols' offense.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 16 - 1:49 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior WR Josh Smith (shoulder) is probable for Saturday's game against Florida.

No surprise here, as Vols HC Butch Jones said earlier this week that Smith could have played in last week's game against Indiana State. Smith was held out for precautionary reasons.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 16 - 1:38 PM

Tennessee senior S Todd Kelly might have sustained a serious knee injury, according to Mike Griffith of SEC Country.

The injury is to Kelly's left knee and MRI results have already returned. Apparently, Kelly played through the ailment for the entire 2016 season while sporting a knee brace and starting 11 of 12 games. The condition seemingly worsened.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 16 - 9:13 AM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones said that redshirt senior WR Josh Smith (shoulder) could have played against Indiana State.

With Tennessee playing an FCS school, Smith was held out for precautionary reasons. He should be a full-go for the Vols when they take on Rival Florida on Saturday.
Sep 11 - 8:26 PM

Tennessee sophomore WR Tyler Byrd (undisclosed) is questionable for Saturday's game against Indiana State.

Byrd (5'11/160) did not see work in the opener. It's unclear just how long he's been fighting through injury. While Tennessee is dealing with a somewhat uncertain receiving corp due to injuries to Josh Smith (shoulder) and Jauan Jennings (wrist), Byrd's loss would count mostly as a depth blow.
Sep 7 - 7:14 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones said that redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano will play in Saturday's game against Indiana State.

Guarantano did not see the field in Monday's double-overtime win over Georgia Tech, as Quinten Dormady served as signal-caller for the entirety of that contest. Dormady will start once more come Saturday, but Jones indicated that the team has a plan for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Guarantano. This probably won't extend beyond some package-specific work in the first half, though assuming Tennessee can up an early lead, the redshirt freshman could see some extended run in the third and fourth quarters.
Sep 7 - 6:37 PM

After serving a one-game suspension to open the season, Tennessee redshirt sophomore T Drew Richmond is listed as the starting left tackle for Saturday's game against Indiana State.

Richmond (6'5/323) was suspended for the team's opener against Georgia Tech due to a violation of team rules. Brett Kendrick started in his place at left tackle against the Yellow Jackets, but will drop back to a backup role now that Richmond has emerged from HC Butch Jones' doghouse.
Sep 7 - 3:46 PM


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