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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.
Dec 19 - 8:59 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.
Dec 17 - 4:50 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.
Dec 15 - 11:11 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.
Dec 15 - 10:27 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.
Dec 8 - 9:37 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.
Dec 1 - 2:21 PM

Tennessee freshman WR Jason Croom's status for Saturday's rivalry game against Vanderbilt is unknown.

Croom didn’t practice Wednesday. It's difficult to get a read on what specific injury has him sidelined. Croom grabbed his knee as he dropped to the turf in pain during Tuesday's practice. Afterwards, Vols HC Butch Jones described it as a cramp in his hamstring and hip, though Jones is notoriously evasive when it comes to injury reports. Croom ranks fourth on the team with 305 receiving yards, is tied for sixth with 21 receptions, and leads the squad with 14.5 yards per catch.
Nov 27 - 4:31 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that Tennessee redshirt junior S Brian Randolph has "recently picked up the pace" after a slow start to the season.

Randolph has led Tennessee in tackles each of the last two weeks, including a masterful 14-tackle effort against South Carolina. The safety also made his first interception of the season against Kentucky on Saturday. Pauline has always liked Randolph as a prospect, having listed him as one of the top safeties in the country coming into the season. "The rangy safety offers good size, ball skills and play aggressive football. He’ll do well at the next level in a zone system," wrote Pauline.
Nov 17 - 8:45 PM

Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson has officially been suspended from all team activities after police decided to investigate him for sexual assault.

Johnson's name was leaked earlier today, but the Tennessee program made it official. Defensive back Michael Williams has also been suspended from all team activities. Many consider Johnson one of the best off-LOS linebackers in this class when on the field. We do not.
Nov 17 - 4:24 PM

Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson is one of the two football players being investigated for sexual assault and rape, according to beat writer Matt Slovin.

Slovin cites a police source. The other is sophomore defensive back Michael Williams. Head coach Butch Jones has not revealed the names at this time but said the duo will not practice while being investigated.
Nov 17 - 1:38 PM

Two Tennessee football players are being investigated for rape and sexual assault.

Head coach Butch Jones said the two players will not practice while being investigated but declined to reveal their names. Once receiving all of the information Jones said "we will act in a decisive manner. I want to be right, rather than fast."
Nov 17 - 12:49 PM

Tennessee senior CB Justin Coleman will attend the East-West Shrine game.

Coleman is a longtime starter for the Volunteers, record 15 pass breakups and four interceptions during that times. Corners are always heavily studied at these events, since they frequently face receivers in one on one instances.
Source: E-W Shrine
Nov 17 - 10:43 AM

Tennessee sophomore QB Joshua Dobbs completed 19-of-27 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns against Kentucky on Saturday.

Dobbs also ran 10 times for 48 yards and a touchdown. He did not throw an interception in the contest. Dobbs has been sensational in the two games he's started since Justin Worley exited the season with a shoulder injury. He's thrown for 598 yards with five touchdowns and just one interception in that two-game stretch. In early November, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks termed Dobbs a "budding superstar" thanks to the 6-foot-3, 203-pound quarterback's ability to use his feet to make plays in tight spots and his general poise and confidence.
Nov 15 - 9:48 PM

Kentucky HC Mark Stoops compared Tennessee freshman RB Jalen Hurd to Adrian Peterson.

"Just physically if you look at him, he reminds me of Adrian Peterson a little bit. Just that big tall, good-looking running back. Very dynamic player. He’s going to be a heck of a player," said Stoops of the 6-foot-3, 221-pound runner. Stoops never coached Peterson, but we're sure he's heard plenty from brother Bob on that front. This season, Hurd has rushed for 598 yards on 134 attempts. He's coming off of a 125-yard effort against South Carolina. Hurd was named Tennessee State Mr. Football in 2012 and was a 5-star recruit.
Nov 13 - 9:16 PM

Tennessee senior QB Justin Worley will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Head coach Butch Jones confirmed that Worley would have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior ends the season with 1,579 passing yards and a 12/8 TD/INT ratio. Worley was replaced by sophomore Joshua Dobbs, who lit the world on fire last week when he became the first Tennessee quarterback to ever throw for 300+ yards while rushing for 100+ in the same game. The Volunteers won that contest against South Carolina 45-42 in overtime.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 4 - 8:04 PM


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