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Tennessee hired Alabama offensive analyst Chris Weinke to serve as running backs coach.

The Crimson Tide brought Weinke in last winter. This new job in Knoxville will be his first serving as an on-field coach at the collegiate level. Prior to his gig in Tuscaloosa, he served as quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Rams from 2015-16 and earlier worked as head coach for the high school football factory that is IMG Academy down in Florida (2010-14). At Tennessee, Weinke will be tasked with helping Ty Chandler to break in as full-time starter following John Kelly's departure for the NFL.
Feb 21 - 6:24 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Tennessee will hire Alabama offensive analyst Chris Weinke to serve as running backs coach.

Weinke comes in as replacement for Robert Gillespie, who parted ways with the Volunteers earlier this week. The former Florida State quarterback -- he won the Heisman in 2000 -- was hired by Alabama as an analyst last winter after spending the previous two seasons working as quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Rams.
Source: AL.com
Feb 15 - 3:09 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Tennessee RB coach Robert Gillespie will not remain with the staff.

It was reported in early December that Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt was hopeful to keep Gillespie -- who has been on staff since 2013 -- in the fold. While he did remain with the team through National Signing Day, he's moving on, now. Expect the Volunteers to land on a new running backs coach in relatively short order, as they'll be booting up spring practice in due time.
Feb 13 - 2:17 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Tennessee RB John Kelly as a potential draft sleeper.

Kelly (5'9/212) doesn't have the talent of an Alvin Kamara, as Easterling notes, but like several other Tennessee running backs before him, he has a chance to be a better pro than he was in college. "Kelly is an explosive playmaker who was criminally underused by the Vols, and his versatile skill set still allowed him to tally over 1,000 total yards and nine touchdowns in 2017," Easterling writes. He currently projects as a late Day 3 selection, but a strong pro day and showing at the combine could see that stock rise.
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 12 - 5:36 PM

Tennessee signed three-star 2018 JUCO redshirt sophomore T Jahmir Johnson.

Johnson (6'5/290) just squeaks into the ESPN JC50 at No. 49. He opted for Tennessee over Missouri and USC. 247Sports' Brian Dohn sees him as a potential immediate contributor at guard, with a shift to tackle possible in the future. The analyst writes that Johnson "bends well and he is able win leverage battles, but if he is going to play on the edge, he will have to develop his kick step more."
Source: 247Sports
Feb 10 - 2:45 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G Jackson Lampley.

Lampley won't have too much home sickness, as he currently plays at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He ranks as the 11th best guard in the class by 247 Sports composite rankings, and 296th overall. He also had offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Florida just to name a few. The first full class from Jeremy Pruitt and company is off to a strong start.
Feb 9 - 7:14 PM

Tennessee signed four-star 2018 JUCO junior edge rusher Jordan Allen.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound edge rusher the nation’s No. 9 overall JUCO product, per ESPN. Allen originally signed with UC-Davis before transferring to the JUCO level. He chose the Vols over TCU, Michigan State, Arizona State and Colorado, among others. "Good size and displays good first-step. Active motor with physical nature," ESPN noted. "Can shoot hands and keep blockers off frame and hold ground one-on-one."
Source: ESPN
Jan 30 - 10:48 PM

Formerly dismissed Tennessee senior WR Jauan Jennings posted on Instagram on Thursday evening that he will be playing "one last season" for the Volunteers.

Jennings' return to the Tennessee football team is facilitated by the Vols' new coaching staff. He was booted off the team in November by interim HC Brady Hoke following a profanity-laced social-media tirade aimed at the coaching staff. New head coach Jeremy Pruitt and new athletic director Phillip Fulmer opted to give him another chance. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound Jennings is probably Tennessee's best receiver, which no doubt helped his reinstatement cause. He posted a 40-580-7 receiving line in 2016. Last season was wrecked by a season-ending wrist dislocation sustained against Georgia Tech in the opener.
Jan 19 - 2:38 PM

Tennessee TE Ethan Wolf met with the Bills and the Lions on Wednesday.

Wolf is a block-first tight end who didn't do much as a receiver in his time as a Volunteer, but his size (6'5/248) and ability as a blocker should give him late Day 3 looks. Both the Bills and Lions could use this type of player. Every NFL team could use this type of player. Just don't expect it to ever be drafted high.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 6:57 PM

Dismissed Tennessee junior WR Jauan Jennings has enrolled in spring classes at the university.

Volunteers AD Phillip Fulmer said last week that the team was working with Jennings -- who was dismissed in November -- on a possible return to the Vols. That's still up in the air, but at the very least, the 6-foot-3, 201-pounder has taken care of the classroom aspect in anticipation of a potential return to action. Fulmer said that if Jennings does rejoin the football team, it will likely come with a set of parameters put in place by HC Jeremy Pruitt. Jennings posted a 40-580-7 receiving line in 2016, but for the 2017 campaign, was limited to just one game prior to his dismissal due to a season-ending wrist dislocation sustained against Georgia Tech in the opener.
Jan 16 - 2:34 PM

Tennessee junior QB Quinten Dormady will transfer.

Dormady lost his job to redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano in October and immediately underwent eason-ending shoulder surgery thereafter. A true junior from Texas, Dormady has a redshirt to burn for 2018. The pocket-passer is a Texas native.
Jan 15 - 6:30 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that Tennessee will sign Memphis WR coach David Johnson.

Wolken does not specify whether Johnson will be sticking at receivers coach or used in some other capacity. Football Scoop notes that Tennessee was not the only team angling to add him to staff. Johnson has been with Memphis for the past two seasons and worked at Tulane for four years prior to that.
Jan 13 - 1:24 PM

Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer said that former junior WR Jauan Jennings could potentially rejoin the team.

Jennings (6'3/201) was dismissed from Tennessee in mid-November after he released an Instagram video ripping the coaching staff. Said Fulmer in a radio interview, "I think [HC Jeremy Pruitt's] put some parameters around it, and I guess everybody’s got to figure out what those are and if they’re really going to do it." Even before he was booted from the team, 2017 had been a trying year for Jennings, who sustained a season-ending wrist dislocation in a Week 1 win over Georgia Tech. During a healthy 2016 season, Jennings logged a 40-580-7 receiving line. Pruitt indicated on Wednesday that he would likely sit down with the wideout in the near future to discuss his possible return. Stay tuned.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 12 - 5:17 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler said Tennessee CB Rashaan Gaulden was surprisingly impressive on tape.

Gaulden's combination of corner speed and linebacker toughness stood out for Brugler. It was a great season for Gaulden, who played in the slot and outside, posting big performances against South Carolina and Alabama.
Jan 11 - 9:40 AM

In his final game as Alabama defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt earned a $234,000 bonus for helping the Tide to the national championship on Monday.

A nice going away present for Pruitt, who will be taking over as Tennessee's head coach in full now that he's helped to shepherd the Tide through the Playoff to title glory. Running through some of the other bonuses netted by Alabama notables for their win over Georgia, OC Brian Daboll will get $216,000, co-DC Tosh Lupoi $171,000, co-OC Mike Locksley $108,000 and HC Nick Saban $100,000.
Jan 9 - 6:12 PM


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