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Tennessee redshirt senior WR Josh Smith will miss the next 4-8 weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in practice on Sunday.

Smith was arrested and charged with domestic violence in May, but that charge was later dropped. He was not expected to miss any time due to that incident, but now Smith will certainly miss a handful of games. Smith started 13 games over the last two seasons.
Aug 21 - 10:32 AM

Tennessee freshman WR Jacquez Jones will miss the 2017 season due to a knee injury.

Jones (5'11/170) was a three-star recruit for the most recent recruiting cycle. Count his loss as a depth blow for the Volunteers. He was unlikely to receive significant targets during the coming campaign.
Aug 15 - 6:13 PM

Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Justin Guarantano missed Friday's practice due to a family emergency.

"He unfortunately had a death in the family. All of our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Guarantano family," said HC Butch Jones. "He's actually on a plane right now coming back to Knoxville. We'll have him in meetings late tonight." Guarantano is competing with Quinten Dormady for the right to replace Joshua Dobbs as starter for the coming season.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 11 - 6:55 PM

An Anonymous scout shared his thoughts on Tennessee's roster, voicing a concern over the group's toughness.

"You won’t see a tight end block as bad as Ethan Wolf. He avoids contact, one of the softest players I’ve ever seen on film," the scout said. The senior tight end is aware he needs to improve in the specified area. Tennessee produced six draft picks last spring, but expect that number to drop this year.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 10 - 9:36 AM

Tennessee AD John Currie said that talk of HC Butch Jones' job security is "really quite silly."

"I’m really excited about this season, but more importantly, I’m excited about what I’ve seen from how Butch Jones has developed a foundation of a long and successful, sustainable, high level program," Currie said. Jones and the Volunteers entered both the 2015 and (especially) the 2016 season with a fair amount of media hype as a potential conference threat to Alabama. They finished each of those seasons at 9-4. They're looking to replace a number of key pieces for the coming season, with DE Derek Barnett, QB Josh Dobbs, RBs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara and WR Josh Malone all no longer on the roster.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 7 - 2:41 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore T Chance Hall will miss the season due to knee injuries.

Hall started five games as a sophomore and seven games as a freshman, so this is a major blow to the Vols front five. Michael Wayne Bratton believes the right tackle competition could be between senior Brett Kendrick and sophomore Marcus Tatum.
Aug 4 - 10:27 AM

Tennessee QB coach Mike Canales would not offer up a leader in the team's quarterback competition.

The battle boils down to junior QB Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano. By most accounts, Dormady was the sharper performer in the spring, but the Vols have refused to show their hand at the start of August camp. In mid-July, HC Butch Jones floated the possibility that the team could roll with two starters and Canales backed up that sentiment this week, saying, "If it takes two, it takes two. They understand we’re going to do what’s best for the team, and if that means playing two, we’ll play two."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 1 - 6:20 PM

Tennessee has requested media members who are in attendance to not report on injured players they observe during open portions of practice.

Basically Tennessee officials are asking for only positive P.R. Butch Jones and company are certainly on the hot seat, and this screams "scared." It could be a very difficult season for the Vols.
Jul 25 - 10:06 AM

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


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