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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones told media members he is not afraid to play two QBs this season.

In Fact, Jones took it one step further calling it a "good problem to have." Is it, Butch? After trotting out Joshua Dobbs year after year, Jones now finds himself without a dependable, go to starter at the most important position on the field. Expect the Vols to take a major step back thanks to an enormous amount of junior and senior talent departing for the NFL. Jones could be on the hot seat in December.
Jul 11 - 9:29 AM

Tennessee DC Bob Shoop has filed a counterclaim following Penn State's breach of contract suit.

Penn State is attempting to recoup $891,856 from Shoop after he left for Tennessee in January of 2016. According to his contract, he was required to pay 50% of his salary if he took a position other than head coach with another team prior to his deal's conclusion in February 2018. Shoop is claiming that Penn State made his working conditions "intolerable" and that he was "constructively discharged/terminated" in the winter in which he flew for Tennessee.
Jul 6 - 7:20 PM

Penn State sued Tennessee DC Bob Shoop for breach of contract.

Penn State claims Shoop owes it $891,856. Shoop resigned from the Nittany Lions and left for the same job with Tennessee in January 2016. According to his PSU contract, Shoop was required pay Penn State 50 percent of his salary for the remainder of his contract -- which was set to expire on Feb. 15, 2018 -- if he left for another school without getting a head coaching post.
Jul 5 - 6:22 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DT D'Andre Litaker.

"I just really couldn't wait any longer. The relationship with the coaches and all that I just couldn't wait," Litaker said of his pledge. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 180 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. In their breakdown of his game, Scout.com notes that Litaker "gets up the field, he gets into the backfield, and his ability to move at his size really stands out." The outlet would like to see improved hand technique and functional strength as the Murfreesboro native heads into his senior season at Riverdale High.
Source: Rivals
Jun 13 - 4:42 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso ranks Tennessee junior DT Kahlil McKenzie as the No. 93 NFL prospect in the country.

"He's coming off a torn pectoral muscle but should win most of his battles against centers in the SEC this season," Trapasso wrote. McKenzie was knocked out for the season after suffering that injury last October in a bout with Alabama. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is an interior clogger.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 2:33 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes that Tennessee junior RB John Kelly "could really make a name for himself this year."

Kelly did a nice job in backup duty behind Jalen Hurd (who left the team midseason) and Alvin Kamara in 2016, rushing for 630 yards (6.4 YPC) and five touchdowns. He is by far the most experienced back remaining on the roster. Carlin Fils-Aime rushed for 58 yards and two scores as a freshman in 2016 and figures to see an expanded workload as well, but this will be Kelly's show so long as he can remain healthy. Aschoff believes he has a shot at 1,000 yards rushing this coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 3:36 PM

Updating a previous item, the domestic assault case against Tennessee redshirt senior WR Josh Smith has been dropped.

It had been reported earlier on Tuesday that Kennedy Foster, who had allegedly suffered significant injury including a broken nose and broken teeth in an altercation with friend and roommate Smith, wanted to drop the domestic assault charge. With the case now out of the picture, Smith will be required to pay court costs and perform 40 hours of community service. So far as we know, the receiver is in the clear with Tennessee and shouldn't miss time due to this now closed case.
Jun 6 - 6:31 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior WR Josh Smith is expected to have a charge of domestic assault dropped.

Smith was being accused of getting into a physical altercation with his roommate, Kennedy Foster, in their off-campus house. That confrontation reportedly resulted in a broken nose, broken teeth and eye and ear damage for Foster. While he had been seeking damages of $875,000, that is no longer the case, as Foster has asked the court to drop the charge of domestic assault. Judge Tony Stansberry is expected to expunge the charge on July 7.
Jun 6 - 4:32 PM

Tennessee AD John Currie said that the program "[has] to win more."

While answering questions on Facebook Live, Currie said, "So we have to win more, I don’t run away from that, that’s important to the people of Tennessee, and it better be important to our student athletes and coaches, and I think it is." He was speaking about the athletics programs across the board, but those comments could certainly be applied to the football program. Tennessee has carried preseason hype as a potential true contender to Alabama's throne in the SEC each of the last two seasons, but has yet to make good on that. Matters are particularly complicated for the coming season, as the Vols are looking to replace their all-time sack leader (Derek Barnett), their starting quarterback (Josh Dobbs), both of their lead running backs (Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara) and their leading wide receiver (Josh Malone).
Source: SEC Country
Jun 4 - 3:35 PM

The alleged victim of Tennessee redshirt senior WR Josh Smith, who was arrested and charged with domestic assault earlier this month, is seeking damages of $875,000.

The domestic assault charges came after an incident at an off-campus house with a male roommate. Per Jimmy Hyams of WNML, Kennedy Foster, the alleged victim, suffered a broken nose, broken teeth and damage to his eyes and right ear in the incident. If the $875,000 sum Foster is requesting is not paid, he may levy a $3 million civil suit against Smith. To hear Smith's legal team speak about it, resolution doesn't appear to be imminent. "I’m not accusing him (Foster) of extortion, but that’s what it looks like," Smith’s attorney, Keith Stewart, said. "Given my understanding that Mr. Foster’s attempts to press charges against Malcolm Stokes were unsuccessful, it seems his motives are clear."
May 29 - 2:12 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. notes that "[t]he Vols have some good depth on the offensive line, but [freshman T Trey] Smith likely will figure his way onto the field."

On Thursday morning, Tennessee HC Butch Jones appeared on "The Cube Show" (hosted by SEC Network's Cole Cubelic) and addressed Smith's work this spring, saying, "He's very, very competitive. He has great toughness. I thought he brought a lot of dynamics to that room and onto the field." The Volunteers bounced the 6-foot-6, 299-pounder along the line this spring, trying him out in three spots. Kahn's note on Tennessee's depth is not overselling matters -- the Vols could have as many as nine players competing for the five spots on the offensive line in August camp. Smith was ESPN's No. 1 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 12:46 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Rob Cassidy, Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack tagged Tennessee four-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Alontae Taylor as one of the standouts from the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis.

"Taylor was so impressive that he almost made getting open look effortless, even when battling the event’s top defensive backs," noted the trio of analysts. "Taylor’s progression from year to year has been very impressive and the more comfortable he becomes as a wide receiver, the better he seems to perform." The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder had previously been playing quarterback at Coffee County Central (Tennessee) before shifting over to wideout. Rivals ranks him as the No. 143 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 6:13 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah believes that Tennessee junior WR Jauan Jennings is "probably good enough to be considered a star."

"With Josh Malone gone to the NFL, Jennings should compete to be one of the SEC’s few 1,000-yard receivers in 2017, and perhaps develop into a legitimate NFL prospect," Jeyarajah writes. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 201-pounder caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns. He received a citation for simple possession of marijuana in early February, but that charge has since been dismissed and thus should have no effect on his availability for the start of the coming season.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 4:27 PM

Graduate transfer CB Shaq Wiggins is reportedly visiting Mississippi State after declaring to Tennessee, according to Mike Griffith.

Wiggins declared his commitment to Tennessee in late April, but his connection to Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is evident. Wiggins played for the coach at Georgia and again at Louisville. Wiggins has a good chance to compete for a starting job at Tennessee, but we will see how this plays out.
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 10:11 AM

Tennessee redshirt junior DE Jonathan Kongbo has dropped 20 pounds this offseason.

Kongbo is listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds on the Tennessee team page, but it would appear that you can slash about 20 pounds off that weight. SEC Country's Oliver Connolly views Kongbo -- the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 2016 class -- as a player with potential to blossom this coming season, writing that he "uses his athletic ability to stymie opponents with his arm extension and explosiveness, often beating blockers by being a superior athlete." During the past campaign, Kongbo registered 11 tackles (3.0 for loss), a sack and an interception over the course of seven games played.
Source: SEC Country
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