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Tennessee junior CB Cameron Sutton needs to "improve" on his run support "to maximize his draft potential," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Sutton is willing to make the tackle when necessary but too often he seems content with letting teammates do the dirty work. Despite good size for the position, Sutton is more finesse than force as a tackler, wrapping up ball-carriers and dragging them to the ground," Rang writes. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound Sutton finished the 2014 season with three interceptions, 16 breakups, a forced fumble, four TFL and 37 tackles. His 16 passes defended, are third-most in a season in Volunteers' history. Over the last two years, the junior CB has racked up 25 starts on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 3:02 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that "there are plenty of wrinkles" to Tennessee junior QB Joshua Dobbs' game that needing ironing out, but the "raw talent is undeniable."

"Dobbs is aided by Jones' spread attach but he shows impressive understanding of the offense and where his receivers are given his relative lack of experience, often resorting to second and third targets rather than relying on pre-snap reads. When ready to throw, the ball comes out of Dobbs' hand like a rifle shot with a tight spin that makes it easy for pass-catchers to track," Rang wrote. The Tennessee prospect recorded 1,675 total yards of offense, in just six games last season. Dobbs was responsible for 17 touchdowns, with nine passing touchdowns, and eight on the ground. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Dobbs is poised for a breakout season in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 2:20 PM

Tennessee freshman WR Vincent Perry will miss the 2015 season with a knee injury.

Perry injured the knee in practice a week ago and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound wideout was a three-star recruit and totaled 1,790 yards from scrimmage with 18 touchdowns as a senior at Hillsboro High School. Rivals graded him as the 19th best prospect in the state of Tennessee.
Aug 31 - 4:58 PM

Tennessee senior WR Von Pearson is listed as a second teamer in the school's opener against Bowling Green.

Pearson was reinstated on August 7 following a suspension which was in response to allegations of sexual assault. The benching could be punishment related, as Pearson is one of the school's best receivers when healthy. Freshman Jauan Jennings will start in his place.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 31 - 12:21 PM

Tennessee senior S LaDarrell McNeil will be out an indefinite amount of time with what HC Butch Jones is terming "neck instability."

This is a no good, very bad day to be a fan of the Volunteers. Earlier today, the team suspended leading receiver Alton "Pig" Howard for the season-opener due to an infraction. Two of their secondary receivers are undergoing knee scopes on Friday. And now McNeil, one of the veteran cogs on defense, will be out indefinitely with a neck injury. Said HC Butch Jones, "Very, very unfortunate. I feel for him. He’s had some neck instability there, so he’s undergoing further examination. But he will be out an extended period of time, and it could be a lengthy period of time." While the loss of the 6-foot-, 206-pounder stings, Tennessee does have a depth of talent at safety, which should at least somewhat cushion the blow.
Aug 27 - 8:07 PM

Tennessee junior WR Alton Howard has been suspended for the team's season-opener due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

While HC Butch Jones didn't delve into specifics, he indicated that Howard's violation of team rules occurred several months ago. "This isn't something that just occurred," said the coach, adding that the infraction "dates back many months." Nicknamed "Pig," Howard has been the Volunteers' leading receiver in each of the last two seasons. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound junior hauled in 54 passes for 618 yards and a touchdown last season. With Howard down for the opener, the Tennessee receiving corp looks incredibly thin, as Jason Croom and Vincent Perry will be undergoing knee scopes on Friday and it has yet to be determined when they'll return.
Aug 27 - 4:54 PM

According to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Tennessee sophomore DE Derek Barnett shows "an innate ability to get under the pads of his man to shorten the corner."

Barnett uses "excellent strength [and] get up" to work his dark magic on opposing offenses. His campaign as a true freshman was truly phenomenal--in 2014, his 20.5 TFL were the most recorded by any Volunteer in the last 14 years. His ascension has been noted by draft analysts across the country, with Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calling him a "relentless force" and NFL Media's Lance Zierlein praising his "relentless power." The 6-foot-3, 267-pound sophomore makes up one of the best pass-rushing duos in the country along with teammate Curt Maggit.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 4:36 PM

Tennessee senior S LaDarrell McNeil "shows the toughness and athleticism to fill in wherever needed," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-1, 206-pound McNeil, who logged 76 tackles and two interceptions in 2014, has started since his freshman year for the Volunteers. He has experience at both free and strong safety. "He'll likely contribute on special teams early in his NFL career, but should push for playing time before too long," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 2:36 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore LG Austin Sanders will miss the season due to a torn biceps tendon.

Sanders was the replacement for Marcus Jackson, who will likely miss the season. Offensive line is easily Tennessee's biggest question and could cripple an otherwise exciting offense. They have plenty of talent at receiver and running back and especially on defense, so be sure to note if Tennessee's offensive line is holding them back.
Source: AL.com
Aug 22 - 12:50 PM

Tennessee sophomore DB Rashaan Gaulden broke a bone in his foot and will miss a month of action, according to Ryan Callahan of 247 Sports.

Gauldin was expected to be the school's top nickel defensive back, which meant plenty of playing time in his sophomore campaign. The Vols have one of the best corners in the country in Von Pearson, but have already been hit by a number of injuries in a number of other spots.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 21 - 10:08 AM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Tennessee junior WR Marquez North has the ability to quickly work up draft boards this fall.

The analyst grades North as a Rd. 5 prospect at present. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound North suffered a leg injury in practice last week but is expected to return to the field this week.
Aug 16 - 9:39 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says scouts are making a mistake by ignoring Tennessee graduate RB Ralph David Abernathy.

"I’ll be closely watching Ralph Abernathy IV, the versatile skill player who transferred from Cincinnati," Pauline wrote. "Abernathy, who’s been ignored by scouts, can line up at receiver, in the backfield and help out as a return specialist." Pauline doesn't currently have a draftable grade on Abernathy, but that could of course change.
Aug 16 - 7:34 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Tennessee junior CB Cameron Sutton has the ability to move up boards this fall.

The analyst grades Sutton as a preseason Rd. 4 prospect. Pauline didn't explain his reasoning, but it has to do with Sutton's size/speed combination, which gets evaluators in a mood to look for the positives. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder posted three interceptions, 16 breakups, a forced fumble, four TFL and 37 tackles last year.
Aug 16 - 6:00 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior edge rusher Curt Maggitt "is a physical specimen who flashes brilliance but needs to round out his game," observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst grades Maggitt as a preseason Rd. 4 prospect, but that comes with a caveat. "I’ve stamped him as a fourth rounder but a top 75 selection is a possibility with a good campaign," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Maggitt earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2014, recording 11 sacks.
Aug 16 - 11:39 AM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore RB Alvin Kamara has already emerged as the offense's vocal leader.

Kamara is a JUCO transfer and is entering his first season with the Vols. "He's become the voice of the offense," head coach Butch Jones said. Jalen Hurd will certainly lead the backfield in touches, but Kamara could emerge as the go-to second option.
Aug 15 - 2:11 PM


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