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Rivals recruiting analysts Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack pass along that Alabama and Clemson are contenders to potentially flip Tennessee five-star 2018 verbal T commit Cade Mays.

Mays (6'5/300) has been entrenched in his commitment to Tennessee since July of 2015, making it something of a long shot that he has an about face as winter nears. Still, it's in play, with Simmons and Wommack noting that "both the Tide and the Tigers have reached out to Mays recently in an effort to get him on campus for a visit." Rivals' No. 14 overall prospect in the 2018 class has the chops to play either guard or tackle. ESPN refers to him as a "real mauler in the trenches." He's adept in both pass and run protection.
Source: Rivals
Oct 18 - 5:12 PM

Tennessee teammates praised redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano's play after his first start.

"I thought he was incredible, [and] I don’t know what else he could have done," redshirt senior offensive lineman Brett Kendrick said. The quarterback was sacked a whopping seven times, which frequently are plays that stunt drives. Still, it is nice to see some positivity trickle out regarding the Vols football program.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 16 - 11:54 AM

Tennessee junior RB John Kelly rushed for 58 yards on 16 carries in Saturday's 15-9 loss to South Carolina.

Kelly has largely been immune from Tennessee's offensive struggles this season, having posted three 100-yard showings in the first five games of the campaign. However, the 5-foot-9, 212-pounder has now been held under 60 yards rushing in two consecutive contests. We like him to bounce back down the road, but it probably won't come next weekend, when the team plays Alabama.
Oct 14 - 4:08 PM

Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano completed 11-of-18 passes for 133 yards in Saturday's 15-9 loss to South Carolina.

The Volunteers jumped Guarantano over Quinten Dormady for the start. The results were none too encouraging, as he failed to lead Tennessee to a touchdown in Saturday's contest and was unable to provide any sort of offensive spark for HC Butch Jones' hapless outfit. A potential black hole of a game shows next on Tennessee's schedule, as they will be traveling to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama next weekend.
Oct 14 - 4:04 PM

Tennessee has benched junior QB Quinten Dormady, and Dormady is "contemplating" his future with the program, according to Jesse Simonton of Volquest.

The Vols will turn to redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano this weekend against South Carolina. Dormady has thrown for 925 yards and a 6/6 TD/INT rate. Tennessee simply couldn't tolerate his propensity to give the ball away anymore. Dormady currently leads the SEC in turnovers. With Dormady "contemplating" his future, expect several days of transfer rumors. Just another week of Vol football under Butch Jones.
Oct 10 - 2:41 PM

Tennessee redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano will make his first collegiate start on Saturday against South Carolina.

The Vols have benched Quinten Dormady. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Guarantano was a top-150 overall recruit coming out of high school. At the time, ESPN Tom Luginbill deemed him an "athletic signal-caller who can really throw it" and noted that Guarantano's "arm talent and velocity are exceptional." Guarantano has thrown only 24 passes this year, mostly in garbage time.
Oct 10 - 2:23 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore edge rusher Austin Smith (knee) is expected to return for this weekend’s game against South Carolina.

The Vols need him back in the worst way after the indefinite suspension of sophomore Darrell Taylor, perhaps the team's best pass rusher. Smith suffered a knee injury just prior to the season-opener. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Smith has been practicing since Tennessee’s bye week, and he now appears set to return. "He’s ready to go this week," DC Bob Shoop said. "It was good seeing him back for the bye week, and he got some work last week. Obviously when you sit out four or five weeks, you're a little bit rusty."
Source: 247 Sports
Oct 10 - 1:32 PM

Tennesee sophomore WR Marquez Callaway (undisclosed) is expected to play on Saturday against South Carolina.

Callaway (6'2/170) was forced out against Georgia when he hit his head against the turf in the third quarter, but it appears the removal was precautionary, and he should be good to go against the Gamecocks.
Oct 9 - 9:15 PM

Tennessee suspended redshirt sophomore DE Darrell Taylor after a fight in practice where he kicked a teammate.

Taylor struck freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith, who needed to be stitched following the altercation. Taylor was already kicked out of one game this year for fighting on the field. This news comes on the heels of Tennessee coaches and players repeatedly stating the team does not have issues in the locker room.
Source: Rivals
Oct 9 - 9:53 AM

According to Gridiron Now's Jimmy Hyams, Tennessee freshman T Trey Smith required stitches after getting kicked in the face by DE Darrell Taylor during Thursday's practice.

Smith apparently lost his helmet after blocking Taylor to the ground, leading the latter to kick at his face and land. Taylor has since apologized. Hyams reports that Smith won't miss any game action as a result of his injury.
Oct 6 - 3:22 PM

Tennessee sophomore G Venzell Boulware will leave the Tennessee football program.

Boulware (6'3/306) was a three-star recruit who started against UMass but did not play in the 41-0 shellacking to Georgia on Saturday.
Oct 2 - 4:15 PM

SEC Country's Mike Griffith assigned Tennessee an "F" grade for their performance against Georgia in Saturday's 41-0 loss.

"A little bit wrong here, a lot wrong there — it all added up to a historically disappointing afternoon on a prime-time stage with the stadium checkered and legendary quarterback Peyton Manning in attendance," Griffith writes. He'll find no argument from us. Tennessee showed moxie in coming back to win their season-opener against Georgia Tech, but against further FBS competition, they have since surrendered a long-bomb walkoff touchdown pass to Florida, scraped past UMass with just 17 points scored and then offered up a complete and total face-plant against Georgia. The Vols could easily be 1-4, rather than 3-2.
Source: SEC Country
Oct 1 - 11:41 AM

Tennessee junior RB John Kelly rushed for 44 yards on 16 carries while catching four passes for 47 yards in Saturday's 44-0 embarrassment of a loss to Georgia.

Kelly put up 91 yards from scrimmage, which accounted for over half of Tennessee's 142 yards of total offense. It was a horrific loss -- and a home one, at that. Despite the ineptitude of the team surrounding him, Kelly has now surpassed both 500 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving on the year. The Vols are off on a badly needed bye next weekend.
Sep 30 - 7:50 PM

Tennessee sophomore WR Marquez Callaway was forced out in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Georgia due to an undisclosed injury.

Callaway smacked his head against the turf while trying to haul in a deep pass. SEC Country's Mike Griffith passes along that judging by the way the sophomore wideout was being treated following his exit, he is unlikely to return to the game.
Sep 30 - 6:27 PM

Tennessee C Jashon Robertson (concussion) will likely return for Saturday's game against Georgia.

Robertson missed the Massachusetts game last week with concussion-like symptoms. He's listed as the starting center on the depth chart for this weekend's game against UGA.
Sep 29 - 1:11 PM


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