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Tennessee sophomore RB Jalen Hurd only allowed four pressures on 94 pass protecting snaps, according to PFF's Jack Farrell.

Hurd enters only his second season with the Vols after rushing for 899 yards and five touchdowns on 190 carries. His receiving ability keeps him on the field in three down situations (35 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns) so pass blocking efficiency is important. Few running backs are good pass protectors, and all most coaches ask for is to be willing and adequate.
Jul 5 - 11:36 AM

Tennessee redshirt senior Curt Maggitt saw snaps at five different spots along the defensive front in 2014.

According to PFF's Jack Farrell, Maggitt saw 160 snaps at LDE, 95 at RDE, 167 at LLB, 115 at RLB and 21 at MLB. Maggitt missed the 2013 season due to a torn ACL suffered in November of the previous season. This kind of snap and position versatility could help Maggitt during the draft process. That is, if he shows an ability to win from multiple spots.
Jul 3 - 1:19 PM

Tennessee junior QB Joshua Dobbs was pressured on 29.9 percent of his dropbacks in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus.

For comparison, half year Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill was pressured on 21.6% of his dropbacks and Blake Sims on 22.4%. In his five starts Dobbs apparently handled that pressure well, as he completed 64.5% of his passes under duress. We have mixed reviews on Dobbs after watching him, but he could take a step forward this season.
Jun 29 - 10:31 AM

Tennessee junior CB Cameron Sutton is a "rising star" and the No. 10 defensive back in the nation, in the estimation of Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"While a sleeper as a recruit in the class of 2013, the 6-foot-1, 189-pound Sutton has become a key player for a team that is on the upswing, and he'll be one of the SEC's top defensive backs as a junior," Brown wrote. Sutton had three interceptions, 13 pass breakups, a forced fumble, four TFL and 37 tackles last year, adding a punt for a touchdown against Vanderbilt.
Jun 28 - 9:12 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes that Tennessee redshirt senior OLB Curt Maggitt's "rush ability, unselfishness, and experience at Sam and Mike in Tennessee's 3-4 scheme give him value at the next level."

"In addition to the explosiveness and bend off the edge that he shows as a pass rusher, the four-year starter gives up his body to bring leverage against the run, sealing the edge so others can make the tackle," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Maggitt earned second-team All-SEC honors by posting 11 sacks last year. A torn ACL cost him part of 2012 and all of 2013, so Maggitt's health must be monitored.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 6:47 PM

Tennessee senior DT Owen Williams has posted 36 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

It's a tremendous number for a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman. Williams, who transferred over last year from Butler (Kan.) Community College, can squat 710 pounds and bench presses 510. He posted 21 tackles and two sacks last year and is in line for a breakout this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 8:48 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranks Tennessee redshirt senior OLB Curt Maggitt as the No. 10 LB in the country.

The 6-foot-3, 246-pounder teams with sophomore Derek Barnett to give the Vols a dangerous pass rush combination. After tearing his ACL in November 2012 and sitting out the entire 2013 season while recovering, Maggitt broke out in 2014 with 11 sacks, 15 TFL and 48 tackles to earn second-team All-SEC honors. Health remains a huge scouting concern. Maggitt sat out spring practices following shoulder surgery.
Jun 21 - 10:43 PM

NFL Media ranks Tennessee junior QB Joshua Dobbs No. 2 on its list of "College football's smartest players."

"The Volunteers' starting quarterback and the program's single best hope for a quicker turnaround is an aerospace engineering major. While he was commanding the UT offense in spring practice, his class schedule included a course in thermodynamics, one on circuit components, and a third that sounds like lots of fun: matrix computations. Our matrix computes that football is elementary for Dobbs," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. As a sophomore, Dobbs recorded 1,675 total yards of offense in six games of play in 2014. Dobbs was responsible for 17 touchdowns, with nine scores through the air and eight on the ground.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 2:25 PM

Tennessee sophomore RB Jalen Hurd is "a phenomenal athlete for a player with his frame," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Hurd, a five-star recruit, rushed 190 times for 899 yards and caught 35 passes for 221 yards as a true freshman. "As with most of the Volunteers, Hurd just scratched the surface last year, and if the Vols have a breakthrough season, as expected, Hurd may be a big part of it -- if he can hold off juco transfer (and former Alabama signee) Alvin Kamara," Brown wrote.
Jun 9 - 2:27 AM

Cincinnati graduate RB Ralph David Abernathy will join his former coach Butch Jones at Tennessee for the 2015 season.

Ralph's brother, Micah Abernathy, is a freshman with the Vols. The former Bearcat barely played in 2014 due to lingering heel/hamstring ailments. He could be used as a hybrid receiver and running back. The 5'7/161 lbs player averaged 4.2 yards on 216 carries and added 56 receptions.
Jun 8 - 11:02 AM

Tennessee and junior S Lemond Johnson have "parted ways," according to 247 Sports.

No reason was given for the separation. Johnson was a former 3-star recruit but only played in 16 games over the course of two seasons, with zero starts. It is only a guess, but Johnson's status on the depth chart might be the reason. The defensive back is from Florida.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 7 - 10:40 AM

ESPN.com's Alex Scarborough believes that Tennessee sophomore DE Derek Barnett is a top candidate for SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Barnett had a tremendous season as a true freshman in 2014, posting 20.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Against tough talent in the SEC, the young prospect performed on the big stage. Scarborough adds that "with some seasoning and maybe a few veteran tricks up his sleeve," Barnett "could be a more well-rounded force in 2015."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 5 - 2:26 PM

NFL Media ranks Tennessee junior QB Joshua Dobbs No. 6 on its list of "10 breakout players on verge of stardom."

"The junior essentially rescued a UT season from non-bowl to bowl-eligible, helping Tennessee win its final four SEC games for the necessary six wins after sitting the first seven games," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "With wide receiver Marquez North healthy again, Dobbs will also have a gifted target that was available to him in only one game last year (Alabama)." Dobbs was named the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl MVP and was also on the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound quarterback threw for 1,206 yards with a 9/6 TD/INT rate on 63-percent completions last year. He's lethal outside of the pocket, averaging 78.2 rushing yards per game in his six 2014 appearances.
Source: NFL.com
May 28 - 7:27 PM

Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara "appears likely to be one of the Volunteers' primary two ball-carriers," according to Al.com's Matt Zenitz.

The No. 2 JUCO recruit in the country was named the KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year at Hutchinson in 2014, after rushing for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns in just nine games. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Kamara also added 18 receptions for 219 yards and three touchdowns to his resume. Kamara transferred from Alabama to Hutchinson after he was unable to land a role in the Crimson Tide's backfield. The Tennessee prospect should get a great opportunity to showcase his skill-set as he shares the load with sophomore RB Jalen Hurd.
Source: Al.com
May 27 - 2:47 PM

Tennessee sophomore DE Derek Barnett is one of the 10 most NFL-ready players who is not eligible for the 2016 draft, according to Bleacher Report's Greg Wallace.

"Barnett has optimal size, standing 6’3" and 268 pounds, and has great speed as an edge-rusher," Wallace wrote. "With an improved Tennessee defensive line this fall, he should be even more free to terrorize opposing quarterbacks and improve his pro stock." As a true freshman in the SEC, Barnett posted 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles. Health permitting, he's a future first-rounder.
May 26 - 8:17 PM


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