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Colts signed Tennessee OLB Curt Maggitt.

Maggitt (6'3/247) made 29 starts at Tennessee before missing all but two games as a senior with a chipped bone in his hip. He looked to be coming on in his junior campaign, breaking out for 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Maggitt still wasn't recovered in time to work out before the draft. Amid obvious injury flags -- he also tore his ACL in college -- Maggitt is a passionate and highly competitive rush end-'backer with edge burst to disrupt enemy quarterbacks. Maggitt has upside if he can get and stay healthy.
May 3 - 11:59 PM

Rams signed Tennessee WR Marquez North.

North (6'3/223) went pro after a disappointing, injury-plagued three-year run at Tennessee, managing a 74-874-5 (11.8 YPR) career receiving line and hardly playing in 2015. He missed time with knee, back and shoulder injuries in college. North rehabbed his stock somewhat at the Combine, blazing 4.48 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. North just turned 21 and possesses NFL-level size and athleticism, but his track record isn't inspiring. He's still someone to monitor as a height-weight-speed prospect.
May 1 - 7:48 PM

Knoxville police chief David Rausch indicated that his department will no longer provide courtesy calls to Tennessee when student-athletes are involved in off-field incidents.

Butch Jones and the Volunteers received courtesy calls when defenders A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams were investigated on suspicion of rape in November of 2014. No more such calls will be coming their way. Rausch said in a statement that "in the interest of transparency and to alleviate any appearance of conflict of interest, we have changed the previous practice, to ensure that investigators focus without hindrance on finding the facts and bringing justice to victims of crime." The university is currently facing a federal lawsuit charging that their culture has been one of "deliberate indifference" and a "clearly unreasonable response" to claims of sexual assaults committed by student athletes.
Apr 23 - 6:09 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney passes along that Tennessee sophomore WR Preston Williams had "a head-turning spring."

The former four-star recruit basically wasn't able to prepare for last season after his admission was delayed to just prior to the opener. He's up to snuff now. "His emergence would certainly help a Tennessee offense that often failed to generate explosive plays in the passing game," Haney wrote. "Veteran QB Josh Dobbs could use a safety blanket, and the 6-4, 209-pound Williams just might be the guy."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:20 PM

Tennessee WR Marquez North was put through a workout by the Panthers on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

North was at the facility for the club's local prospect day. A spectacular athlete with a similar athletic profile to former Baylor/current Browns WR Josh Gordon, North's body broke down several times in college. He's a Day 3 roll-of-the-dice kind of proposition.
Apr 8 - 4:54 PM

Tennessee redshirt senior WR Jason Croom is transitioning to tight end for the 2016 season.

Croom has the requisite frame for the position switch at 6-foot-5, 232 pounds. Tennessee's coaching staff is pleased with the progress of his positional move, with OC Mike DeBord saying, "I know one thing with Jason: He's tough. He's making that transition right now, but by the time he goes through spring and then has the summer and gets involved in training camp, he's going to be fine." DeBord added that the team is installing new red zone plays and the like specifically to utilize Croom in his new capacity.
Apr 5 - 9:45 PM

Dismissed Tennessee WR Alton Howard participated in Tennessee's Pro Day on Wednesday.

Howard was dismissed from the program due to a violation of team rules in early October. He addressed that dismissal in his return to Tennessee, saying, "It was a mistake. Something I’m moving on from. It helped me grow as an individual, and I’m here to start a new future." He has been training in Orlando while readying for his hopeful NFL future. Back at the university on Wednesday, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds. He'll likely pass through the draft and exit as an UDFA.
Apr 3 - 7:04 PM

Tennessee WR Marquez North was put through a private workout by the Cowboys on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson.

North is one of the top receiver athletes in this class and flashed early on during his career at Tennessee. However, like other previous Vol receivers, that high level of play could not be sustained. North is being tagged with the "upside" label and should be a day three selection. The Cowboys should be digging around for No. 2 and No. 3 receiver upgrades.
Mar 28 - 11:30 AM

Tennessee senior LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin will miss the remainder of spring practice due to a shoulder injury.

Reeves-Maybin tweeted out his discontent on Tuesday, writing "It pours when it rains." The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior had toyed around with the idea of declaring for the draft in January, but he ultimately chose to stay put. At the open of spring practice, he said that he expects this to be a "special season" for the team. He's posted back-to-back campaigns of 100-plus tackles. In 2015, he recorded 105 of 'em (14.0 for loss), 6.0 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
Source: rivals.com
Mar 22 - 4:03 PM

Tennessee senior CB Cameron Sutton is happy with his decision to return to school.

Prior to his January announcement that he'd return to Knoxville, Sutton was slotted as a first-rounder in this year’s NFL draft by some mock exercises. "A lot of guys might think of it as, it might come back to bite you or something like that," he said. "But I just feel like it’s another opportunity to brand myself, brand the university, continue to make plays and do the things I love, which is play football. The NFL is something that will always be there, something I’m always working toward." Sutton wouldn't talk about the grade he received from the NFL draft advisory board, but he did say he mostly saw second- and third-round projects. "Really, draft grades don’t mean anything. It’s just like being recruited, with stars and all that stuff," he said. "I just look at it as another piece of paper that just tells me where I could be placed at or where they possibly see me at, but not as far as where I wanted to be."
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 10 - 8:47 PM

Tennessee HC Butch Jones indicated Monday that sophomore WR Jauan Jennings won't practice at safety "right now."

The Vols coaching staff wants Jennings to concentrate on his receiving duties this spring. Last year, Jones and crew surprised many by converting Jennings to WR from quarterback. He ended up playing in 11 games (missed two games due to injury) with six starts, accruing 14 catches for 149 yards, seven rushes for 15 yards and a neat 58-yard passing touchdown. 247 Sports called Jennings a four-star recruit and the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in his class coming out last year.
Mar 7 - 8:13 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler observed that Tennessee WR Marquez North's "body control and strong hands are NFL quality."

North's hands and body might be ready for the NFL, but Brugler cautions that he's also a "one-note runner." The analyst goes on to call him a "tough NFL prospect to figure out." At the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Tennessee product had an 89.5% similarity score with former Baylor/current Browns WR Josh Gordon thanks to a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, 35-inch vertical leap and 123-inch broad jump. Brugler doesn't really see that speed element on game tape (despite the respectable 40 number), but does believe he has "draftable traits." Injuries have limited him to just 13 combined games over the last two seasons. He should be considered a potential Day 3 selection.
Mar 5 - 4:04 PM

Tennessee WR Marquez North had an 89.5-percent similarity score with Josh Gordon based on Combine athletic testing.

If you're looking for the inherent flaws in combine testing, look no further than North. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder posted mostly respectable numbers in Indianapolis (4.47 seconds on the 40-yard dash, 35-inch vertical jump, 123-inch vertical jump), but his college production was almost non-existent. North's best season came as a freshman in 2013, when he caught 38 passes for 496 yards and a freshman. Nowhere to go but up as he progressed through college? Not so much. Injuries limited him to just 13 combined games over the preceding two seasons. Rivals ranked him as the No. 2 wide receiver in the country out of high school back in 2013. An NFL squad could take a flier on his natural athletic ability in the later rounds of the draft, but that would come with the knowledge that he's simply never produced to his talent-level in college after that promising freshman start.
Mar 4 - 12:00 AM

Former Tennessee LB Curt Maggitt has declined to comment on the Title IX lawsuit being filed against the university.

"Because my name was brought up in a lawsuit, I reached out to my lawyer and he’s going to handle everything," Maggitt said, adding, "I asked him to take care of all this stuff." The 6-foot-3, 246-pounder (who's at the NFL Scouting Combine) has been responding to curious NFL teams in a similar manner. He's a part of one of the more widely publicized portions of the suit, as he's been accused of punching former Volunteer Drae Bowles in the locker room in 2014 after Bowles helped a rape victim who was allegedly assaulted by a pair of Tennessee players. Eight women are suing the university for fostering a "hostile sexual environment."
Feb 27 - 7:48 PM

Tennessee AD David Hart said that he trusts HC Butch Jones "implicitly" in the face of allegations of a hostile sexual culture in the football program.

"I know who [Jones] is and what his work ethic is. I know how he has represented this university," Hart said. Tennessee is currently embroiled in a Title IX lawsuit in relation to a "hostile sexual environment." On Wednesday, it was reported that former Volunteer wideout Drae Bowles was eviscerated by Jones after he helped a woman who was allegedly raped by two other Tennessee players. According to the lawsuit, Jones called him a "traitor to the team," before later apologizing. Jones, himself, has denied that he ever berated the receiver like that and indicated that Bowles own testimony would show as much. "I'm proud of the culture we have here, but I also understand it is part of our responsibility to take a leadership role in what is a national problem. We know we're not perfect. We're far from it," Hart said.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 25 - 11:17 PM


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