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Tennessee redshirt junior LB Darrin Kirkland will transfer as a graduate.

Kirkland (6'1/230) began his career in Knoxville with much promise, posting 66 tackles (6.5 for loss), three sacks and an interception as a true freshman during the 2015 season. It's been a slog for him on the health front since that productive entrance into the collegiate game, though. He missed six games in 2016 due to a high ankle sprain and was forced to sit out the entirety of the 2017 campaign due to a torn meniscus sustained in preseason camp. He subsequently underwent surgery on that knee. While his career has taken a few disappointing turns thus far, Kirkland still has two years of eligibility remaining to play around with once he settles on his transfer home.
May 25 - 11:32 AM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said of senior QB Keller Chryst's upside, "I think that everything you do, you probably get better at it the longer you do it."

"Based off his age, his experience, he has some wisdom, so that will probably help him in preparation, and I think it will be good for our football team," Pruitt said on Tuesday. These comments strike us as slightly boilerplate, though to be fair, the team really hasn't gotten a close look at Chryst as of yet. The former Stanford signal-caller did not take part in spring practice and thus won't be hitting practice in full until August camp. He'll be competing with Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride for starting honors when practices boot back up. Realistically, regardless of who wins the gig, this is a rebuilding year for the Volunteers.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 3:31 PM

Tennessee sophomore LB Will Ignont's misdemeanor marijuana charge has been dismissed.

Ignont and John Kelly -- drafted by the Rams this spring -- were cited for marijuana possession during a mid-October traffic stop. Both players were subsequently suspended for Tennessee's next contest as punishment. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound Ignont looks to be in the clear, now. A former four-star recruit, the linebacker registered five tackles last season. He'll likely be working in a reserve role for the upcoming campaign.
May 23 - 11:59 AM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO LB Lakia Henry.

Henry is considered one of the best junior college prospects in this year's class, and ranks third overall in 247 Sports composite rankings. In 2017, he made 110 tackles for Dodge City Community College, and he also intercepted a pass with 2.5 sacks for good measure. He plans to enroll in January, and he could be an immediate contributor at inside linebacker for the Vols that fall.
Source: SEC Country
May 21 - 12:02 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Ramel Keyton.

The Volunteers fended off Auburn to land the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Keyton, who had also earlier been considering the likes of Ohio State, Penn State and Miami. He offers plenty of length and a palatable physical frame -- with room to add healthy playing weight -- which should play up well early in his collegiate career. Still work to do in terms of his route-running and the more technical aspects of the game. Rivals ranks Keyton as the No. 231 overall prospect in the 2019 class. Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt has now landed seven commitments for the cycle and his program is sitting at a respectable No. 17 on the outlet's team rankings board.
May 16 - 4:12 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 TE Sean Brown.

Auburn was also in play to land the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Brown, who hails from Rome, Georgia. He cited Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt's approach to the Tennessee rebuild as a large part of Knoxville's intrigue. If he's to make hay at Tennessee, it will require him playing over his current projection in the recruiting community. Rivals ranks Brown as the No. 77 prospect in the Peach State for the 2019 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 12 - 3:43 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 T Wanya Morris.

Morris is one of the four-star -- or better -- players who committed from Grayson HS in Loganville, Georgia; and he picks the Volunteers over offers form in-state Georgia, LSU, Alabama and Auburn, to name a few. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound tackle ranks ninth overall in the ESPN top 300, and fifth among offensive tackles in the class. Reports indicate he's got a quality frame and shows quality bad level, but needs to improve his lateral agility and hand placement. A very good get for the Vols in the 2019 class.
May 4 - 6:33 PM

Cowboys signed Tennessee C Jashon Robertson.

Robertson (6’3/292) was a four-year starter on the Vols’ interior line, manning both guard spots before moving to center as a senior and allowing just one QB pressure all year. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Robertson helped himself with 66th-percentile SPARQ results at Tennessee’s Pro Day. Robertson is a smallish zone-blocking center who will have to win with movement and technique rather than size and strength to last.
May 3 - 11:00 AM

Texans signed Tennessee P Trevor Daniel.

Daniel (6’2/230) was the Vols’ punter for three years, setting school records for single-season punting average as a senior (47.5) and career yards per punt (45.9). Daniel is a plus athlete for the position with big-time leg power but shakier reputations for accuracy and consistency.
May 2 - 7:01 PM

Chiefs selected Tennessee DT Kahlil McKenzie with the No. 198 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

McKenzie is Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie's son. He has good size at 6'4/313 but failed to live up to expectations at Tennessee. McKenzie also dealt with injuries throughout his college career. He's likely ticketed for the practice squad.
Apr 28 - 4:49 PM

Rams drafted Tennessee RB John Kelly with the No. 176 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Kelly (5’10/216) sat behind Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara before taking over as the Vols’ lead back as a 2017 junior, logging a 189/778/9 rushing line and 37/299/0 receiving. Kelly averaged only 4.1 yards per carry in his breakout year, however, and a whopping 27% of his career runs went for no gain or negative yards. He managed a 4.64 forty-yard dash before the draft. Although Kelly’s production and college efficiency don’t stand out, his tape shows an innate tackle breaker with one of the highest passing-game ceilings in this running back class. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell compared Kelly to Devonta Freeman. Unfortunately, Kelly slipped to the sixth round and will lack opportunity in L.A. as he competes with Malcolm Brown for backup work behind Todd Gurley.
Apr 28 - 3:45 PM

Panthers selected Tennessee DB Rashaan Gaulden with the No. 85 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Gaulden (6’1/197) was a two-year starter in the Vols’ secondary, logging 9.5 career tackles for loss with four forced fumbles and one interception. PFF College credited Gaulden with 17 run stops in 2017, most among SEC cornerbacks. Gaulden proceeded to bomb the Combine, running 4.61 with a 30-inch vertical, 7.16 three-cone time, and only eight bench-press reps, suggesting Gaulden hasn’t applied himself in the weight room. Gaulden is a sticky cover man on tape with experience at boundary and slot corner, but his athleticism is more in line with a safety. The Panthers have been talking up Corn Elder and are paying Captain Munnerlyn, so perhaps they view Gaulden as a safety.
Apr 27 - 10:13 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Tennessee CB Rashaan Gaulden "doesn't have corner feet."

"You look at him, he’s skinny but a pretty good run defender. You can make him a free safety. He doesn’t exactly have the ideal range but he’s got enough," the evaluator said, later adding "[j]ack of all trades, master of none." Gaulden (6'0/197) was not selected on Day 1 of the draft on Thursday, but will likely find an NFL home in Round 2 or Round 3 on Friday.
Apr 27 - 3:12 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Tennessee RB John Kelly to Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement.

"Kelly is a little undersized but is a tough runner and capable pass catcher who has the potential to play all three downs if needed," writes Zierlein. "He can add additional yardage with plus contact balance and an ability to push through tackles." Zierlein thinks he could go in the third-to-fourth round, and the chances of him going early on Day 3 -- and just maybe late on Day 2 -- seem to be increasing by the day.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 7:23 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Tennessee RB John Kelly was "totally underutilized" in his time at Tennessee.

The full quote: "He was totally underutilized at Tennessee. He’s a good little player." Another scout believes that Kelly (5'9/216) "runs like a big back" but notes that players who run like big backs who aren't tend to get hurt. The Volunteer tailback appears to be picking up some steam as we get closer to the draft, and he could go early on Day 3.
Apr 24 - 5:44 PM


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