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Jimmy Hyams of WNML 99.1 FM's The Sports Animal in Knoxville reports that Tennessee redshirt junior LB Gavin Bryant is exploring his transfer options.

A transfer would be understandable enough. Bryant has been a statistical nonfactor since joining Tennessee as part of the 2014 cycle. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. This past season, the 6-foot, 238-pounder worked mostly on special teams and registered just one tackle for the campaign as a whole.
Mar 23 - 5:16 PM

The Chargers and Saints put Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs through private workouts.

Dobbs has been present throughout the draft process, playing for practically four years for the Vols, attending the Senior Bowl and then participating in the NFL Combine. There are flashes for Dobbs on the field, but he is practically the same quarterback as the one who touched the field his first season. He is a day three selection.
Mar 23 - 8:42 AM

Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams reports that, despite rumors, former Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd will not be returning to the Volunteers.

Further, Hyams added this intriguing tidbit: "Don’t be surprised if he enters supplemental draft. I don’t see him sitting a year." Hurd would have to sit out next season if he transfers to another FBS school to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rules. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has visited Louisville, Ohio State and California since leaving Tennessee, but he's remained quiet about his future intentions. Stay tuned.
Mar 22 - 1:22 PM

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones ruled eight players out for the spring.

Jones said safety Micah Abernathy, defensive back Rashaan Gaulden, defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, defensive tackle Shy Tuttle, receiver Josh Smith, defensive tackle Kendal Vickers, receiver Brandon Johnson and offensive lineman Brett Kendrick wouldn't take part in spring practices. No reason was given, though Jones did imply that the eight might not be in shape. "We need to get them back at full strength," Jones said. "I do think there will be competition (regardless of the injuries)."
Mar 20 - 5:46 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara "can do it all."

"He’s quick," the scout said. "Got good balance and vision. Catches the ball extremely well out of the backfield. Just hasn’t been a lead dog." The 5-foot-10, 214-pounder enjoyed a great NFL Combine with a 4.56 forty while leading all running backs with a 39.5-inch vertical leap and an 10-foot-11 broad jump. "When Jalen (Hurd) went down (in 2016) he had a chance to step up and be that guy and you just never saw it," another scout said. "He’s not really a between-the-tackles, wear-you-down, take-the-bull-by-the-horns guy. He needs to get out in space. He can be a good player in a niche role." Kamara is a first-round candidate who isn't getting out of the second.
Mar 16 - 12:31 PM

Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Justin Guarantano is spending his spring break working with QB coach George Whitfield in San Diego.

Guarantano is competing for the starting quarterback job vacated by the graduation of Joshua Dobbs. In California, Guarantano is training alongside Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush, TCU’s Kenny Hill, Indiana’s Richard Lagow and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Whitfield met Guarantano during the Nike Elite 11 competition in 2015. "I remember seeing Jarrett and thinking ‘Oh my goodness,'" Whitfield said. Coming out of the prep ranks, ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill deemed the 6-foot-4, 194-pounder an "athletic signal-caller who can really throw it" and noted that his "arm talent and velocity are exceptional."
Mar 15 - 4:05 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay projected four RBs in the first round of his latest mock draft.

McShay mocks Leonard Fournette at No. 8 to the Panthers, Christian McCaffrey at No. 14 to the Eagles, Dalvin Cook at No. 17 to the Redskins and Alvin Kamara at No. 27 to the Chiefs. The last time four running backs were drafted in the first round was 2008 with five ball carriers.
Source: ESPN
Mar 15 - 10:07 AM

An NFC personnel director told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs "really did a great job in his interviews" at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"He had a great feel for offensive concepts and could walk you through everything you wanted to see on the board," the personnel director explained. "Accuracy is his issue; it's definitely not football intelligence." In addition to his strong work in interviews, the 6-foot-3, 216-pounder showed off his athletic upside via a 40-yard dash of 4.64 seconds, a 33-inch vertical jump and a 6.75-second run through the three-cone drill. While he could see interest on Day 3 -- Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as a sixth- or seventh-round pick -- NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that Dobbs' film is not of a "starting-caliber level."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 6:00 PM

Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett (illness) ran a 40-yard dash of 4.88 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday.

It is difficult to truly use this 40-yard dash as a gauge with Barnett, as he came down with an illness late in the week and did not participate in the bench press on Saturday. He gamely is trying to strut his stuff during Sunday's Combine tests, but this simply isn't peak-health Barnett. Questions about his overall level of athleticism and explosiveness might not be answered until Tennessee's pro day (should Barnett choose to work out at that point).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 1:01 PM

Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett (illness) will not participate in NFL Scouting Combine events on Saturday.

Barnett has been struck by what ESPN's Adam Schefter has deemed to be a virus and will not be taking part in the bench press on Saturday. The Tennessee product hopes to be able to strut his stuff on Sunday.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 2:15 PM

Tennessee WR Josh Malone put forth an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Nice showcase of speed by Malone. He has already proven strong route-running chops during his time at Tennessee and his 6-foot-3, 208-pound frame is ideal for red zone work, too. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks wrote last week that the wideout "flashes strong hands and natural ball skills wrestling jump balls away from defensive backs."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 1:49 PM

Tennessee edge rusher Derek Barnett is dealing with an illness that might keep him out of the remainder of the NFL Combine activities, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Per Schefter, Barnett has a "virus." Defensive linemen are supposed to bench press on Saturday, go through meetings and medicals, hen workout on Sunday. Barnett checked in at 6-foot-3 and 259-pounds, and it is undetermined if that weight was impacted by the illness.
Mar 4 - 8:59 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara "will walk out of [Indianapolis] as the biggest winner in the running back class."

Brooks passes along that Kamara "crushed the interviews" at the Combine and ladled praise on him for his "[h]igh football IQ and great personality." The 5-foot-10, 214-pounder performed well across the board in testing on Friday, leading all running backs with his 39.5-inch vertical leap and his 10-foot-11 broad jump. He also notched a 40-yard dash of 4.56 seconds and logged 15 reps on the bench press.
Mar 3 - 6:03 PM

Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara led all running backs with both his vertical leap (39.5 inches) and his broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches).

Kamara's leaping ability proved to be his most impressive trait in Indianapolis, but his work on the whole was very nice all the way around. The Tennessee product measured out at 5-foot-10, 214 pounds, put in 15 reps on the bench press and ran a 40-yard dash of 4.56 seconds. The first round is not out of the question for Kamara.
Mar 3 - 4:32 PM

Peter Ariz of CanesInSight reports that Tennessee will hire FIU WR coach Kevin Beard to serve in the same capacity.

Beard will replace Zach Azzani, who took a job with the Chicago Bears. FIU had hired Beard earlier this offseason, but it looks like they will have to go another direction for their wide receivers coach. This past season, Beard acted as a quality control coach with Georgia and prior to that gig, the former Hurricane wideout had a two-year stint as wide receivers coach at his alma mater. Busy day for the Volunteers, as news also broke on Tuesday that the university would be hiring Kansas State's Peter Currie as athletic director.
Feb 28 - 5:53 PM


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