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Tennessee sophomore DE Derek Barnett will be the nation's next breakout star, according to Bruce Feldman.

"No college DE faced a better group of LTs last year than Vols DE Derek Barnett and he STILL had 20.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks," Feldman tweeted. The edge rusher is only 18 years old and is not draft eligible. However, we can still highlight potential top talents. Barnett might be that next great pass rusher in the SEC.
Source: Fox Sports
May 22 - 11:25 AM

Scout.com ranks Tennessee junior CB Cameron Sutton as the No. 23 draft prospect in the country.

"This is a cornerback with outstanding size, instincts, and ball skills," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg. "He has above average speed and very good quickness. Sutton is just a sound player all the way around." Across 25 career starts, Sutton has chipped in 76 tackles, eight TFL, 25 passes defended and four interceptions.
Source: Scout.com
May 19 - 12:01 AM

Tennessee junior WR Marquez North "has all the physical tools to warrant a spot this high [No. 34] in the coming draft if he can stay on the field," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

North is Scout's No. 34 overall draft prospect and its No. 5 receiver. "He has size, good speed and soft hands," Newberg wrote. "North is exactly the big target at this position that the NFL covets. North should be ready for a breakout 2015 season." He missed the last three games last year with a shoulder injury and must prove that he can stay healthy in 2015.
Source: Scout.com
May 18 - 10:24 PM

Tennessee sophomore T Coleman Thomas is facing a felony theft charge and has been suspended by the team.

He reportedly stole items ranging from $500 to $1,000. In fact, the story goes that Thomas stole a gaming system from a dorm room and sold it to a local store. Thomas started five games at right tackle as a true freshman.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 28 - 12:18 PM

Ex-Tennessee LB AJ Johnson's court date for aggravated rape charges is set for August 24.

He will plead not guilty. Football is insignificant in this case, but we were never fans of Johnson's on-field game, at least compared to where many projected him. We doubt he is picked or gets a look in the NFL until the situation concludes.
Mar 9 - 11:30 AM

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.
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