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Former Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd visited Cal over the weekend.

Hurd left the Volunteers program on Oct. 31 citing injuries and offensive scheme as the reason he was leaving Knoxville. Some thought he may opt into the Draft, but Hurd's name was not on the NFL's list of players granted eligibility released on Friday. With former Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox having taken over the Golden Bears program, getting a bell cow back like Hurd would be a boon. Hurd has also expressed interest in shifting to tight end. He's a great receiver.
Jan 23 - 2:58 PM

Tennessee hired Utah State QB coach Mike Canales to serve in the same capacity.

Canales was on staff with Utah State this past season. Prior to that gig, he had worked the North Texas sideline as OC and QB coach from 2010-2015 (twice serving as interim head coach for the Mean Green, to boot). With Josh Dobbs heading out the door via graduation, Canales will be working in a new gunslinger in 2017. Quinten Dormady has backed Dobbs each of the past two seasons, meaning he could have the inside track here. Jarrett Guarantano, Sheriron Jones and Will McBride could also be in the mix.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 21 - 2:08 PM

Tennessee promoted TE coach Larry Scott to offensive coordinator.

Scott acted as Miami's interim head coach following the team's firing of Al Golden last season. In January of 2016, Tennessee brought him on to coach up the Volunteers' tight ends. He now earns himself quite the promotion, as he will take on offensive-coordinating duties in the wake of Mike DeBord's decision to scoot on over for the OC gig at Indiana. Scott's going to have his work cut out for him in his new position, as Tennessee faces a ton of offensive turnover heading into the meat of the offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 4:39 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes that Tennessee DE Derek Barnett will need to perform well at the NFL Scouting Combine to justify a selection in the top half of the first round.

Speaking on a teleconference, Kiper said that Barnett's draft standing is "fluid" at this juncture. The analyst views him as being drafted anywhere from No. 13 to No. 31 in the first round. "Barnett, I want to see how he tests out. He was a really good college player," Kiper explained, "[but] is he explosive enough, does he test out well enough?" While Kiper questions whether the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Tennessee standout has the requisite athletic juice, on his own Big Board, he slots Barnett in at No. 21. Rotoworld's Josh Norris tossed him all the way to No. 2 with the 49ers in his initial mock draft of 2017.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 19 - 7:31 PM

Tennessee hired North Carolina DB coach Charlton Warren to serve in the same capacity.

Warren had been working as DB coach with the Tar Heels during each of the last two seasons. In a statement, HC Butch Jones said, "Coach Warren is a passionate, knowledgeable and driven football coach [who] has an outstanding history of developing defensive backs on the collegiate level." He will be replacing Willie Martinez, who is not being retained after four seasons with the Volunteers. Martinez leaves Warren something of a tall task for 2017, as Tennessee ranked 10th in the SEC in passing defense last season.
Jan 16 - 7:12 PM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that former Tennessee HC Phillip Fulmer is a "prime candidate" for the university's athletic directorship.

Fulmer served as head coach with the Volunteers for 16 seasons (1992-2008) and compiled a 152-52 record along the way. After his squad posted a 5-7 campaign in 2008, he was shown the door. Current AD Dave Hart is expected to step down in retirement before his contract runs out in June, meaning that if Fulmer was hired for the position, the 66-year-old would likely take over at some point this spring.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 4:57 PM

Tennessee redshirt junior RB Alvin Kamara should be in the first round conversation, according to Alvin Kamara.

Kamara is a big play threat whenever he touches the football. After Jalen Hurd left the Vols (and even before), Kamara took over as the the lead ball carrier for Tennessee and displayed his entire skill set. The former Alabama transfer has speed and aggression to finish off runs. Mayock cites Kamara's excellence in pass pro and calls him a special talent. We think the second round, not the first, is more likely.
Jan 11 - 9:25 AM

Tennessee CB Cam Sutton accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Once seen as a future first-rounder, Sutton's stock devalued a bit over the years. Seeing as though he missed a good chunk of this past season with a fractured ankle, the postseason process will be particularly crucial to his NFL standing. CBS calls him a second-round prospect.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 6 - 4:47 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert noted that Tennessee five-star 2017 verbal T commit Trey Smith's "aggressive style and competitive demeanor were once again evident" during Under Armor All-America Game practices.

"During the week he worked at both tackle and guard," Haubert wrote, "showing versatility and flexibility as a player." The analyst loves the physical development he has seen with the 6-foot-6, 299-pounder, calling him "one of the most improved players in the course of the past year having added quality mass with room to further develop." Haubert is also high on his willingness to learn on a technical level. Smith sits atop the ESPN 300 and should be able to compete for a starting role on the offensive line right out of the chute in 2017.
Jan 5 - 8:24 PM

Tennessee junior WR Josh Malone will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Rivals' Woody Wommack first relayed rumblings of Malone's draft jump at the end of December. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound wideout was very candidate about his decision, admitting that he doesn't have any pie-in-the-sky ideas about his stock. Said Malone, "Everybody wants to be a first-rounder, but I had to be real with the situation I was in and be real with the future and if it was really going to make a difference if I stayed another year." He indicated that most of the draft feedback he has received has him landing as a middle-round selection. This past season, Malone caught 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns. While Malone said that he was hearing mostly mid-round scuttlebutt, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline does not see him being drafted this spring. His work during the draft process will be absolutely crucial if he wants to latch on with an NFL squad on Day 3.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 3 - 6:55 PM

Tennessee junior DE Derek Barnett will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

No huge surprise here, as Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relayed on Monday that Barnett was closing in on an agent. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder was an out-and-out beast this past season, logging 19 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He closes out his Volunteer career with 33 sacks, the most in school history. In his December 20 top-32, ESPN's Todd McShay slotted Barnett in at No. 12, noting that he boasts "terrific intangibles and finds a way to affect the game in multiple ways with his natural instincts." A top-10 selection for Barnett will be in play come this spring's draft.
Jan 3 - 3:55 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Tennessee junior DE Derek Barnett is "near completion in his search for an agent."

A draft declaration could come early this week. If 2016 was, indeed, Barnett's final at the collegiate level, he went out in high style. Not only did the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder record 56 tackles (19 for loss), 13 sacks, an interception and a pair of forced fumbles over the course of 13 games played, he also became the all-time sack leader at Tennessee during last month's Music City Bowl. He notched that one with just over three minutes remaining in the game to give him 33 for his career, one more than previous record-holder Reggie White. Barnett is a strong bet to be selected on Day 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jan 2 - 3:10 PM

Tennessee junior WR Josh Malone will announce his entry in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Rivals' Woody Wommack.

Tennessee's offense will look unrecognizable next season without Josh Dobbs, Alvin Kamara, Josh Malone and Jalen Hurd. Malone produced a career year in 2016, catching 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns. He stands over 6-foot-2 inches, and the 2017 receiver class is not as strong as previous years.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 01:19:00 PM

Tennessee redshirt junior RB Alvin Kamara will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

If nothing else, Kamara will enter the draft with fresh legs. Due to the presence of Jalen Hurd, the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder has never received more than 110 carries in a season. He averaged 6.2 YPC during his time at Tennessee and makes for one of the more under-the-radar-interesting backs in the pool. His prowess as a pass-catcher (67 career receptions) should intrigue those NFL squads looking for a complimentary back.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 11:15:00 PM

Tennessee junior WR Josh Malone caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 38-24 win over Nebraska in the Music City Bowl.

Malone did most of his damage via a 59-yard touchdown grab in the fourth-quarter. For the game as a whole, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder averaged a cool 24 yards per reception. He finishes out his junior campaign having caught 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:35:00 PM


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