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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

Uncommitted three-star 2016 DE Mykelle McDaniel signed with Tennessee.

McDaniel just recently received the academic all-clear from the NCAA, hence why his signing came so close to August camp. South Carolina and Texas A&M were among those pursuing his eventual signature. Scout.com's team notes that the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder is "[n]ot elite in one phase on the defensive line, but [offers] solid play against the run and the pass." The outlet graded him as the No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Georgia for the 2016 cycle.
Jul 23 - 3:42 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Jordan Murphy.

A key factor in Murphy's commitment comes in his relationship with Tennessee WR coach Zach Azzanni. "I told coach Z before I came up here that I wanted to (commit) and that I like Tennessee and I liked how he coaches and I want him to coach me as a receiver. I have a good vibe with coach Z. We connect really good," said the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder. He indicated that he has no plans to take an official visit to any school other than Tennessee. Murphy ranks as Rivals' No. 46 receiver for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 22 - 2:28 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT Breyon Gaddy.

"The coaches want me so bad," Gaddy said. "They tell me if I work hard then I can earn playing time my freshman year. All that played a role in my decision." Not only did he pledge his services to the Volunteers, his twin brother (three-star 2017 ATH Brandon Gaddy) did likewise. As Breyon explained it, "That was really important [for both of us to commit to the same school]. We have been playing together since we were little. If we both make the NFL and we break up then that's fine." The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder indicated that the Gaddy boys' decision came down to Clemson and Tennessee. Scout.com refers to Breyon Gaddy as a "disruptive force at defensive tackle."
Source: Rivals
Jul 20 - 2:45 PM

JUCO three-star 2016 RB Jeremy Lewis is expected to enroll in the second session of summer courses at Tennessee.

247Sports' Ryan Callahan broke the news on this one. Lewis has walked a bit of road to make it to an FBS roster. A longtime Arkansas State commit, the 6-foot-1, 193-pounder backed off his pledge in January and subsequently signed on with Trinity Valley Community College. Half-a-year later, he is moving on to Tennessee. According to Callahan, Lewis is expected to be ready to roll come camp on August 1. He helps pad out the positional depth behind established rock stars Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 18 - 1:33 PM

Tennessee awarded new titles to TE coach Larry Scott, RB coach Robert Gillespie and linebacker assistant Tommy Thigpen.

The three coaches in question here are not relinquishing their previous titles, merely adding new ones to the resume. Scott was named special teams coordinator, Gillespie associate head coach of offense and Thigpen run game defensive coordinator. Of note, during his nine-year coaching career, Scott has never actually overseen the coaching of special teams.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 12 - 3:08 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo says Tennessee junior RB Jalen Hurd "doesn’t have a classic running back build but he runs with power and surprising quickness."

Hurd is listed at 6-foot-3 but is reportedly closer to 6-foot-5. As a site, the boys at Pro Football Focus rank Hurd as the No. 76 player in college football. "The Tennessee offensive line has done him few favors the last two years and his 57.7 elusive rating against Power-5 competition ranked 12th among returning running backs," Palazzolo wrote. Overall, Hurd has piled up 2,184 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns along with 57 catches for 411 yards in his two seasons on campus.
Jul 10 - 1:40 PM

Tennessee senior CB Cameron Sutton is the No. 84 player in Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings.

"After a strong 2014 season that saw Sutton rank among the top-25 cornerbacks in the nation, he took a step back in 2015 to grade right around average for the year," wrote Steve Palazzolo. Sutton was burned more often than could have been reasonably expected and his tackling was a problem again, with 20 misses on 85 attempts over the last two years. "However, a return to his 2014 form as a corner, combined with his All-SEC ability as a returner could put him among the nation’s top cornerbacks," Palazzolo wrote. While Sutton didn't disclose the grade he received from the NFL draft advisory board over the winter, he told the media he saw mostly second- and third-round grades when he was considering whether to stay or jump.
Jul 9 - 1:08 PM

Tennessee has settled a Title IX lawsuit with eight female plantiffs who claimed the school created a "culture that enables sexual assault."

The school and its athletic department will split the $2.48 million settlement. Three former football players and another student athlete were named as the people who sexually assaulted the victims. A.J. Johnson was one, and his NFL Combine invitation was rescinded. The school did not admit guilt in this outcome, however, the institution "has agreed to stop giving out a list of Knoxville attorneys to athletes accused of misconduct." That statement could become more prevalent throughout college football.
Jul 6 - 10:26 AM

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


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