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Tennessee LB A.J. Johnson "would be a fringe draft pick without the off-field concerns," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Johnson was an ultra-productive player for Tennessee (425 career tackles) but he lacks top speed to the perimeter and struggles to disengage from blocks," Rang wrote. Last Thursday, Johnson was indicted on two counts of rape. He was kicked off the team in November when first accused of the crimes. Johnson has also been arrested in the past for purchasing alcohol for a minor and resisting arrest. The NFL rescinded his combine on Friday.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 16 - 10:47 PM

The NFL has withdrawn the combine invitation for former Tennessee LB A.J. Johnson, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean.

The former Volunteers LB was indicted on aggravated rape charges yesterday, and his attorney said that he was making plans to surrender to authorities. Heading into the season, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Johnson was a potential Day-three prospect.
Feb 13 - 2:03 PM

Former Tennessee LB A.J. Johnson has been indicted on aggravated rape charges.

The charges stem from an allegation into an event that took play in November involving a Tennessee student. In fact, Johnson was charged with two counts. Johnson finished the season on suspension due to the original allegations.
Feb 13 - 9:58 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson's "off-the-field issues must be monitored as they could sink his draft stock."

Johnson's career ended in disheartening fashion after he was suspended from the team in November after a rape allegation against a 19-year-old student emerged. He was having a great season up until that point. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Johnson was a third-day prospect heading into the season. Many consider him to be one of the best linebackers in the class who plays off the line of scrimmage. We weren't in that camp before he got into trouble, and we remain outside of it now.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 7:55 PM

Five-star 2015 T recruit Drew Richmond flipped his commitment from Ole Miss to Tennessee.

Tennessee's OL took a major step back after producing a number of prospects in the NFL. Richmond stands 6'5/323 lbs, and his highlights showcasing a massive recruit smashing undersized high schoolers.
Source: Rivals
Feb 4 - 10:46 AM

Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara ranks as 247Sports.com's No. 2 JUCO recruit in the country.

"He already has enrolled and will go through spring drills," reported College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "The Vols' leading rusher this season was freshman Jalen Hurd, and Kamara will be looking to prove during spring practice that he deserves to share carries with Hurd." The four-star recruit out of high school didn't pan out at Alabama and transferred to Hutchinson (Kan.) CC for one season. He's aiming to get some in-conference revenge against his former Tide teammates this coming season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 6:36 PM

East coach Mike Singletary first mentioned Tennessee senior CB Justin Coleman when asked which players had impressed him the most at the Shrine Game.

"The week was an excellent test for Coleman. He was forced to match up with receivers in tight man coverage more often than he did for the Vols. Coleman excelled in those drills. He also showcased excellent ball skills during position work," wrote the Sporting News' Chris Kouffman. Coleman measured in at 5-foot-11, 184 pounds, curiously an inch taller and six pounds lighter than we'd previously seen him listed.
Jan 19 - 12:38 AM

Tennessee senior CB Justin Coleman improved this season, and his improvement has carried over to East-West Shrine game week, noted NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"Davis especially likes Coleman's footwork," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Coleman had some entertaining and spirited one-on-one battles with Michigan State's Keith Mumphrey and Maryland's Deon Long during East practice Tuesday." The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Coleman is a longtime starter for the Volunteers. CBS Sports' Rob Rang likes his ability to play the slot in nickel situations.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 3:10 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore WR Drae Bowles will transfer to FCS level UT-Chattanooga.

A number of Vols have transferred to UTC in the past, including quarterback BJ Coleman. Bowles was considered a four-star recruit by multiple scouting services but only played in 13 games without any starts in two seasons.
Jan 5 - 11:03 AM

Tennessee freshman DE Derek Barnett is "tough to keep out of the backfield thanks to his explosive get-off speed," according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"His motor and range are almost as impressive as his ability to play behind the line of scrimmage," the pair wrote. "One reason he didn't grade out as high [Ohio State DE Joey] Bosa is that he doesn't get off blocks and play the run quite as well at this point." The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Barnett has recorded 10 sacks over his past eight games. He will be involved in one of the bowl season's most interesting individual matchups, lined up across from grizzled Iowa LT Brandon Scherff, a projected top 15 pick.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 08:59:00 PM

Former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara signed with Tennessee.

Kamara announced he would transfer to the school in June, but he wanted to spend 2014 on the field so played at a junior college. On the first day he could sign on the dotted line, he did so. The former four-star recruit was ranked as the No. 2 back in the country in the Class of 2013.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Tennessee freshman DE Dewayne Hendrix plans to transfer.

Hendrix has played in seven games this season and was viewed as a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He is from the Illinois area.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Tennessee freshman TE Daniel Helm is expected to transfer.

Helm started two of 12 games this season, catching six passes for 37 yards with a long grab of 13 yards. The 6'4 freshman is from Illinois, so he could look at schools closer to home.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Tennessee announced it has signed HC Butch Jones to a contract extension through 2020.

The new deal also comes with a big raise to $3.6 million annually, perhaps to fend off potential suitor Michigan, which was said to be interested in Jones' services. In addition, Vols athletic director Dave Hart said he’ll increase the pool of money available for assistant coaches. This year, Jones led Tennessee to its first bowl bid since 2010.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 09:37:00 PM

The Tennessean reports that Tennessee head coach noted that freshman RB Jalen Hurd suffered an upper-body extremity injury during the Vols 24-17 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Hurd, a former 5-star recruit, was forced to leave the game in the first quarter versus Vanderbilt with what is being called a cut on his arm. Hurd also took a helmet to the jaw and suffered a mild concussion during the game. With Hurd unable to return to play, the Vols went with RB Marlin Lane, who rushed for 51 yards on 16 carries in Hurd's absence.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 02:21:00 PM


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