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Workouts for NFL teams will be crucial for Tennessee senior RB Marlin Lane, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, because he doesn't show great explosiveness on film.

Lane finished with 539 rushing yards and three touchdowns (1,472 yards and eight scores over his career) while splitting carries with Rajion Neal last season. The Vols like to rotate backs, so Lane's usage won't suddenly spike in 2014. "Lane possesses a high-cut frame that belies his initial quickness to the hole," Rang wrote. "He isn't a punisher but is strong enough to break arm tackles. Workouts could be key for Lane, who doesn't show a great deal of explosiveness to pull away or out of his cuts." The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Lane runs a 4.59 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 6:18 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that "nickel duties" could put Tennessee senior CB Justin Coleman "in position to make more plays, which could be key to his improving his draft stock."

The 5-foot-10, 190 pound Coleman, emerged as on of the leaders on the Vols'defense in 2013, starting in 21 games in a row, including all 12 in 2013. With 25 career starts on the outside, Coleman will have the opportunity to contribute inside at nickel, which "could benefit Coleman, a physical, alert tackler with 105 career stops," Rang notes.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 11:26 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes if Tennessee redshirt junior S Brian Randolph "elects to give up his final year of eligibility, he could "surprise as the Vols' top NFL prospect in 2015."

"Randolph was overshadowed by Johnson a year ago and that may occur again in 2014. If the redshirt junior elects to give up his final year of eligibility, however, he could "surprise" as the Vols' top NFL prospect in 2015," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-0, 197 pound Randolph, led the Vols' with four interceptions with three pass breakups, 75 stops, and 50 solo tackles in 2013. The Vols' prospect rebounded nicely, after tearing his ACL in his right knee in the third game of his sophomore year.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 11:06 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson's "greatest skill is his heavy-hitting as a tackler."

"Perhaps Johnson's greatest skill is his heavy-hitting as a tackler. He has a nice closing burst to gather momentum and consistently delivers the emphatic pop that has no doubt helped him build his all-conference reputation, Rang wrote. Over the last three years, the Vols prospect has led the SEC with 324 career tackles, and earned First Team All-SEC honors in 2013. Johnson considered leaving for the NFL after last season, until he was given a mid-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. With a strong season this year, he has a chance to impress evaluators and improve his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 10:42 AM

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones named senior Justin Worley the team's starting QB.

Worley started seven games last season after starting none in 2012 but three as a freshman. As a junior, he likely would have finished 2013 as a starter but went down with a thumb injury that required surgery. Sophomore Joshua Dobbs and redshirt Nathan Peterman were also contending for a starting gig. Despite starting ten games in his career, Worley has only thrown 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has a great target in sophomore Marquez North.
Aug 14 - 3:09 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones said a starting QB might be named this week.

The Vols continued to rotate a number of quarterbacks last season without one taking a firm handle on the starting job. Senior Justin Worley, sophomore Joshua Dobbs and redshirt Nathan Peterman are just some of the possibilities.
Aug 11 - 12:57 PM

Former Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Riley Ferguson plans on transferring to UNC-Charlotte, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler cites a source close to the Vols' program and adds the transfer should take place barring "any recent changes." Ferguson sat out his only season with Tennessee and would be eligible to play immediate for his hometown 49ers.
Jul 14 - 10:46 AM

2015 five-star DT recruit Kahlil McKenzie has committed to the Tennessee Volunteers.

Kahlil Mckenzie, the son of Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, was one of the top defensive line prospects in the nation. McKenzie chose the Volunteers over fellow finalist Arizona on Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 341 pound recruit received offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, USC, Oregon and Texas, among others. Kahlil's dad Reggie played linebacker for the Volunteers from 1981-84, and his uncle Raleigh was the starting center for the Vol's from 1982-84. In 2015, McKenzie should have an opportunity to compete for playing time as a true freshman.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 12:47 PM

Tennessee freshman DL/OL Charles Mosley was injured in a car accident that occurred on Sunday.

Details are scarce at this moment, but Saturday Down South mentioned that Mosley might have broken a leg as a result of the crash. Rivals rated Mosley as a three-star recruit, and the team's website lists him as an OL/DL. The 6'5/374 lbs player certainly has the size to play either.
Jul 7 - 11:34 AM

Former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara transferred to Tennessee.

The four-star recruit out of high school was fortunately given permission to transfer to a fellow SEC school. Kamara also visited Clemson, and considered Georgia. Kamara's exit from Tuscaloosa was hastened by a pair of suspensions. Kamara was never going to reach the top of the Crimson Tide's loaded RB depth chart.
Jun 21 - 4:56 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones does not expect redshirt freshman QB Riley Ferguson to return to the school.

"Riley's no longer with the program," Jones said. The quarterback missed last season due to a leg injury, however "he impressed coaches with his arm strength and upside," according to ESPN. Senior Justin Worley and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman will compete for the starting job.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 10:44 AM

Former Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James was named by two of five NFL.com writers as the draft's biggest reach.

"The former Tennessee standout was taken in the middle of the first round despite playing right tackle extensively as a collegian," wrote Bucky Brooks. "Although the seismic shift of the NFL into a passing league makes it necessary to have a pair of quality offensive tackles in the lineup, the draft value of a right tackle doesn't mesh with where James was selected." Miami desperately needed offensive line reinforcement, but many analysts ranked several offensive lineman available at No. 19 over James. "I was shocked when it happened and I remain shocked more than two weeks later," wrote Mike Huguenin. "I don't think the guy was one of the top eight offensive tackles and am flabbergasted Miami felt the need to take him in the first round. He's a right tackle who can struggle when blocking for the run. What am I missing?"
Source: NFL.com
May 27 - 9:13 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread believes Tennessee senior LB A.J. Johnson has the most to prove amongst SEC draft prospects in 2014.

Johnson decided to return to school over the winter, a decision most everybody thought was the correct one. "Now, he has to show NFL scouts he's improved on some of the knocks on his game, specifically, open-field tackling and playing on the perimeter," wrote Goodbread. "Exhibit A: Auburn's 444 rushing yards against the Vols last season." Draft analysts projected Johnson as a fourth- to fifth-round prospect when he was weighing his decision over the winter. We think he needs plenty of refinement to transcend that projection in the 2015 draft. Johnson is a limited player who wins between the tackles and only attacks effectively in a straight line.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 10:51 PM

Falcons signed Tennessee G/C James Stone.

Stone (6-foot-3 7/8, 306) made 39 starts for the Vols, dabbling at guard but primarily playing center. He does have enough arm length (33 7/8") to offer position flexibility in the pros. Stone showed limited athleticism at the Combine, running 5.17 with a 27 1/2-inch vertical, and managing 22 reps on the bench. Stone is a low-ceiling, interior-only prospect.
May 13 - 9:01 PM

Vikings signed Tennessee OT Tiny Richardson.

Richardson (6-foot-6, 336) made 24 starts for the Vols, all at left tackle, and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior before turning pro. Richardson is size gifted with 35-inch arms and huge (10 1/4") hands, but was a college underachiever with sloppy technique and unpredictable effort. He was a sub-par college run blocker, lacks athleticism for the blind side and plays with inconsistent toughness.
May 11 - 2:43 PM


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