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Tennessee senior S LaDarrell McNeil will be out an indefinite amount of time with what HC Butch Jones is terming "neck instability."

This is a no good, very bad day to be a fan of the Volunteers. Earlier today, the team suspended leading receiver Alton "Pig" Howard for the season-opener due to an infraction. Two of their secondary receivers are undergoing knee scopes on Friday. And now McNeil, one of the veteran cogs on defense, will be out indefinitely with a neck injury. Said HC Butch Jones, "Very, very unfortunate. I feel for him. He’s had some neck instability there, so he’s undergoing further examination. But he will be out an extended period of time, and it could be a lengthy period of time." While the loss of the 6-foot-, 206-pounder stings, Tennessee does have a depth of talent at safety, which should at least somewhat cushion the blow.
Aug 27 - 8:07 PM

Tennessee junior WR Alton Howard has been suspended for the team's season-opener due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

While HC Butch Jones didn't delve into specifics, he indicated that Howard's violation of team rules occurred several months ago. "This isn't something that just occurred," said the coach, adding that the infraction "dates back many months." Nicknamed "Pig," Howard has been the Volunteers' leading receiver in each of the last two seasons. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound junior hauled in 54 passes for 618 yards and a touchdown last season. With Howard down for the opener, the Tennessee receiving corp looks incredibly thin, as Jason Croom and Vincent Perry will be undergoing knee scopes on Friday and it has yet to be determined when they'll return.
Aug 27 - 4:54 PM

According to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Tennessee sophomore DE Derek Barnett shows "an innate ability to get under the pads of his man to shorten the corner."

Barnett uses "excellent strength [and] get up" to work his dark magic on opposing offenses. His campaign as a true freshman was truly phenomenal--in 2014, his 20.5 TFL were the most recorded by any Volunteer in the last 14 years. His ascension has been noted by draft analysts across the country, with Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calling him a "relentless force" and NFL Media's Lance Zierlein praising his "relentless power." The 6-foot-3, 267-pound sophomore makes up one of the best pass-rushing duos in the country along with teammate Curt Maggit.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 4:36 PM

Tennessee senior S LaDarrell McNeil "shows the toughness and athleticism to fill in wherever needed," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-1, 206-pound McNeil, who logged 76 tackles and two interceptions in 2014, has started since his freshman year for the Volunteers. He has experience at both free and strong safety. "He'll likely contribute on special teams early in his NFL career, but should push for playing time before too long," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 2:36 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore LG Austin Sanders will miss the season due to a torn biceps tendon.

Sanders was the replacement for Marcus Jackson, who will likely miss the season. Offensive line is easily Tennessee's biggest question and could cripple an otherwise exciting offense. They have plenty of talent at receiver and running back and especially on defense, so be sure to note if Tennessee's offensive line is holding them back.
Source: AL.com
Aug 22 - 12:50 PM

Tennessee sophomore DB Rashaan Gaulden broke a bone in his foot and will miss a month of action, according to Ryan Callahan of 247 Sports.

Gauldin was expected to be the school's top nickel defensive back, which meant plenty of playing time in his sophomore campaign. The Vols have one of the best corners in the country in Von Pearson, but have already been hit by a number of injuries in a number of other spots.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 21 - 10:08 AM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Tennessee junior WR Marquez North has the ability to quickly work up draft boards this fall.

The analyst grades North as a Rd. 5 prospect at present. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound North suffered a leg injury in practice last week but is expected to return to the field this week.
Aug 16 - 9:39 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says scouts are making a mistake by ignoring Tennessee graduate RB Ralph David Abernathy.

"I’ll be closely watching Ralph Abernathy IV, the versatile skill player who transferred from Cincinnati," Pauline wrote. "Abernathy, who’s been ignored by scouts, can line up at receiver, in the backfield and help out as a return specialist." Pauline doesn't currently have a draftable grade on Abernathy, but that could of course change.
Aug 16 - 7:34 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Tennessee junior CB Cameron Sutton has the ability to move up boards this fall.

The analyst grades Sutton as a preseason Rd. 4 prospect. Pauline didn't explain his reasoning, but it has to do with Sutton's size/speed combination, which gets evaluators in a mood to look for the positives. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder posted three interceptions, 16 breakups, a forced fumble, four TFL and 37 tackles last year.
Aug 16 - 6:00 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior edge rusher Curt Maggitt "is a physical specimen who flashes brilliance but needs to round out his game," observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst grades Maggitt as a preseason Rd. 4 prospect, but that comes with a caveat. "I’ve stamped him as a fourth rounder but a top 75 selection is a possibility with a good campaign," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Maggitt earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2014, recording 11 sacks.
Aug 16 - 11:39 AM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore RB Alvin Kamara has already emerged as the offense's vocal leader.

Kamara is a JUCO transfer and is entering his first season with the Vols. "He's become the voice of the offense," head coach Butch Jones said. Jalen Hurd will certainly lead the backfield in touches, but Kamara could emerge as the go-to second option.
Aug 15 - 2:11 PM

Tennessee sophomore TE A.J. Branisel will visit the Western Kentucky campus on Friday in advance of an expected transfer to the school.

Branisel left the Volunteer program on Saturday. He'll visit Western Kentucky on Friday and there's a strong chance that he ends up transferring to that program. The former three-star recruit caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in 2013, but he suffered a torn ACL in November of that same year and took a redshirt in 2014.
Aug 13 - 8:24 PM

Tennessee junior WR Marquez North's leg injury is not considered to be serious and the pass catcher might only miss a week of practice (or less), according to Wes Rucker of 247 Sports.

The initial report from Brad Matthews of Fox Sports Radio Knoxville, stating North could be lost for the season, has now been updated to include Rucker's source. The positive news is a sigh of relief. North has missed time before with injuries but remains one of the Vols most talented players.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 13 - 1:27 PM

Tennessee junior WR Marquez North's status following Wednesday's leg injury "looks more positive than negative," according to WNML's Jimmy Hyams.

This is a very positive update after another local radio personality tweeted North could miss the season following a serious leg injury. Tennessee reportedly cancelled Thursday's practice, but we expect the Vols to release some kind of update on their top receiver.
Aug 13 - 11:32 AM

Tennessee junior WR Marquez North is feared to be out for the entire 2015 season after going down with a non-contact injury during Wednesday's practice, according to local radio host Brad Matthews.

Matthews notes an MRI is scheduled for Thursday. The extent of the injury is currently unknown, however, the cited source seems very certain it is severe. North really flashed in two seasons and was expected to be a pivotal piece in Tennessee's skilled offense.
Aug 13 - 8:06 AM


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