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Chattanooga AD David Blackburn indicated that he is interested in the vacant athletic directorship at Tennessee.

Speaking on radio station WNML FM 99.1, Blackburn said, "It would mean the world to me to be able to lead the institution that led me, by all the people that allowed me the opportunity to do what I do." With the installation of new chancellor Beverly Davenport at Tennessee, their AD search figures to heat up in the very near future. In mid-January, ESPN's Chris Low reported that former Vols HC Phillip Fulmer was a prime candidate for the position. Unlike Blackburn -- who has served as Chattanooga athletic director since April of 2013 -- Fulmer has no prior experience as an athletic director.
Feb 19 - 12:26 PM

Former Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd will visit Louisville this weekend.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hurd abruptly quit Tennessee's football team in October with the intent to transfer, as opposed to declaring for the NFL Draft. Hurd has also visited Ohio State and California, that we know of. In addition, Oregon is also reportedly interested. A source speaking to Scout's Cardinal Authority said Hurd has "expressed an interest in playing tight end" wherever he wins up. Don't get your hopes up about seeing Lamar Jackson hook up with Hurd this fall, however: Hurd will have to sit out the 2017 if he transfers to an FBS school to satisfy the NCAA's draconian transfer rules.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 16 - 1:26 PM

Tennessee's Alvin Kamara will not be listed as a top five RB prospect in Matt Waldman's final ranking.

In fact, Waldman says it is unlikely that Kamara will be in the top 10 and possibly not in the top 15 or 20. "I like Kamara. He’s a dynamic space player who can do some good work between the tackles," Waldman explained, but added poor decision making and troublesome ball security are significantly holding him back. Recently Kamara has been mentioned as a possible first round selection.
Feb 16 - 11:19 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara is "an underrated talent who will continue to rise as we get closer to the draft."

It isn't a huge surprise that Kamara lands on McShay's 32-player Big Board. More of a surprise, the fact that McShay opted for Kamara over Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey does not make the cut on this most recent Big Board. As for the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Kamara's NFL potential, McShay notes that "[h]e has the vision and lateral quickness you look for in a runner and the power to break a lot of tackles." On Mike Mayock's freshly released positional rankings, Kamara finds a home as the No. 4 running back in this draft class (trailing only Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette and the aforementioned McCaffrey).
Feb 14 - 10:01 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Tennessee DE Derek Barnett is "a more polished defender than even the top-rated [Texas A&M edge rusher Myles] Garrett."

"While perhaps lacking in pure explosiveness, Barnett varies his attack, incorporating quickness, power and refined technique to wreak havoc against both the run and pass," Rang notes, adding that "[t]hose close to the program rave about his work ethic." While these are all positives, there is not a consensus as to the 6-foot-3, 267-pounder's NFL potential. On a mid-January conference call, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. forwarded the belief that unless he excels at the Combine later this month, he would not be deserving of a selection in the first half of Round 1. In a similar vain, one scout said (also in January) that "some [evaluators] just don't think he'll be able to translate those [stellar collegiate numbers] to the pros because he's not very explosive off the ball." Rang ranks Barnett as his No. 12 prospect in this draft class.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 12 - 6:47 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Woody Wommack and Rob Cassidy called Tennessee four-star 2017 ATH Alontae Taylor an "electric playmaker."

Taylor was one of the standout performers at the Adidas East Coast Invitational on Saturday. Wrote the Rivals team, "Offensive weapons like Taylor don't come along very often so the Vols were smart in making him an early priority." The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder plays quarterback at Coffee County Central (Tennessee), but he will likely transition to wideout with the Volunteers. He ranks as Rivals' No. 248 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Feb 12 - 4:36 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell writes that Tennessee freshman WR Josh Palmer is "raw but has the skills."

Palmer originally hails from Canada. He played his high school ball at the highly regarded football factory at St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida). Syracuse almost had the wideout in their grasp, but lost a longtime commitment from him in January. While the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 65 wide receiver in the 2017 class, Farrell believes he could far outperform that somewhat underwhelming slot. Over at ESPN, it is noted that Palmer "extends well away from his frame and doesn't let the ball into his pads often."
Source: Rivals
Feb 11 - 7:59 PM

Tennessee signed four-star 2017 DE LaTrell Bumphus.

Bumphus -- a native of Savannah, Tennessee -- initially threw his lot in with the Volunteers this past June. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 14 weakside defensive end prospect in the 2017 cycle. Over at ESPN, he slots in at No. 263 on the 2017 master list. The latter outlet notes that Bumphus has untapped potential as a tight end should Tennessee opt to shift him off of the defensive side of the ball at some point in his collegiate career.
Feb 10 - 8:54 PM

Tennessee hired former Oregon DC Brady Hoke to serve as DL coach.

Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported this news on Monday morning. Hoke is officially onboard the Volunteers train, now. At this juncture, his gearshift is almost certainly worn out, as he has downshifted from Michigan head coach to Oregon defensive coordinator (at this point the gearshift catches on fire) to Tennessee DL coach. Jokes aside, Hoke has plenty of coaching experience that he can bring to bear for HC Butch Jones.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 7 - 10:45 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell notes that Tennessee freshman RB Ty Chandler "can work inside and outside for the Vols and his speed can complement what’s already on the roster."

Chandler is a freshman to watch for potential early import in 2017, as both Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara are no longer in the picture, leaving a vacuum to fill. Farrell's outlet ranked him as the No. 80 overall prospect in the 2017 class. He possesses a lovely blend of balance and explosivity.
Source: Rivals
Feb 7 - 10:10 PM

Former Michigan head coach and Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke is expected to be Tennessee's next DL coach, according to Bruce Feldman.

Hoke's career path is an odd one, and it can be argued he has not been successful since taking over as Michigan's head coach in 2011, especially last season as Oregon's defensive play caller. Tennessee is losing a good bit of defensive line talent to the NFL, so Hoke has a lot of work to do.
Feb 6 - 10:25 AM

Tennessee junior to be WR Jauan Jennings was cited for simple possession of marijuana.

Jennings was also cited for going in the wrong direction of a one way street and not having proof of insurance. Tennessee is aware of the incident but decided not to comment.
Source: WATE
Feb 2 - 10:39 AM

Tennessee signed three-star ATH Princeton Fant.

While National Signing Day was probably stressful for any number of prospects -- particularly the uncommitted ones -- Fant could spend the day kicking his feet up and sipping on a non-alcoholic beverage. The 6-foot-3, 207-pounder has been committed to the Volunteers since June. Scout.com fails to rank him in their top 250 prospects -- he lands as the outlet's No. 61 wideout in the 2017 class -- but offers a very interesting comp which will no doubt pique the ears of the Tennessee faithful. Scout calls Fant (at least in terms of stature, body type and physicality) a Terrell Owens-esque receiver. "He just needs to stay healthy," they note, "and i[f] he does, he could be a star." He remains unrefined in areas of the game such as blocking and route-running, but the potential is there for a big career if only Tennessee can unlock it.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 7:28 PM

Tennessee signed three-star 2017 DE Deandre Johnson.

Johnson's story is a remarkable one, as he was stabbed three times in the chest during his sophomore season at Miami Southridge. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder underwent surgery to repair his injuries and subsequently made a full recovery. He will be suiting up in spring practice as an early-enrollee with the Volunteers.
Source: wate.com
Feb 1 - 5:07 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick, who interviewed to be the 49ers GM, tweeted his praise for Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs' Senior Bowl week.

We know how intelligent Dobbs is off of the field, as he studied to become an aerospace engineer, but that intelligence does not always equal high caliber play. In fact, we don't think Dobbs improved from his first season at Tennessee. He's nothing more than a late round option in our eyes.
Jan 30 - 8:51 AM


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