Tennessee Football: Four Volunteers named to All-SEC squads

The All-SEC teams were released on Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday, the SEC released their all-conference rosters. Coaches from the conference filled out a first, second and third team. They were not allowed to vote for their own players. Tennessee didn’t have a single player appear on the first team. They did have one appearance on the second team, along with three on the...
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9 hours ago

WATCH: Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic releases epic Tennessee-Georgia Tech hype video

As if Tennessee fans needed another reason to get excited for the season opener in Atlanta, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has just provided Vol Nation one more with 10 days to go before kickoff from the new Mercedes Benz Stadium — a new hype video. Courtesy of an official release, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game also provided a number of interesting notes heading into the game between...

Report: Tennessee receiver Josh Smith has a shoulder sprain

Relatively good news for Smith, who was feared to have a broken collarbone. The Tennessee Volunteers suffered a blow to their receiver depth earlier this week with what was initially reported as a broken collarbone for senior Josh Smith. Jimmy Hyams reported that the injury would sideline him for 4-8 weeks. Now Hyams is reporting that Smith has a shoulder sprain. That’s obviously...
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19 hours ago

Tennessee is both Overrated and Underrated, according to CBS Sports

People are split on the Volunteers. Talking season is almost over. We’re under two weeks from the Tennessee Volunteers opening against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. It’s time to officially go on record and make those surely-to-go-wrong predictions. We’ll do that here at Rocky Top Talk soon, but CBS went on the record yesterday. Predictably, the analysts at CBS projected...
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21 hours ago

College Basketball National Title Odds: Where does Tennessee and the rest of the SEC stack up?

Long early odds for the Vols. We may be just about ready to set sail on the journey of the 2017 college football season, but it won’t be much longer until the Tennessee Volunteers hit the hardwood in November. Head coach Rick Barnes has his most talented and deepest roster yet, at least since he’s been in Knoxville. The oddsmakers don’t really seem to care, however. Bovada...
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1 day ago

Tennessee OL Trey Smith named most impactful freshman in the SEC

The Volunteers are going to need him. In an article from CBS Sports, Barton Simmons predicted the most impactful freshmen from each SEC roster. Simmons then ranked those newcomers in terms of importance. Tennessee’s Trey Smith was ranked first. Smith — a five star offensive tackle ranked number one overall in ESPN’s Top 300 — is expected to start at guard for the Volunteers...
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1 day ago

After disappointment, lowered expectations, Tennessee remains SEC’s most intriguing team

I admit it. I’ve always been a glass-half-empty guy. I grew up around way too much sarcasm and cynicism to be a glass-half-full type. On the one hand, I could look at Tennessee coming off its second straight nine-win season and third consecutive bowl victory and think this program is headed in the right direction. Not a lot of teams in the SEC can say the same. But on the other...

WATCH: Tennessee assistant Walt Wells wants OL to be team’s ‘bell cow’

Tennessee OL coach Walt Wells wants his guys to be a unit that the Volunteers can rely on this season. “We’re looking forward to them to being that bell cow for us,” said Wells in a recent interview tweeted out by the Volunteers football account. “Up front in this league, you’ve got to be strong and you’ve got to be good,” explained Wells. “Their backbone is what...

Bill Curry, Johnny Majors reflect on Georgia Tech, Tennessee series

Georgia Tech and Tennessee have played 43 times in their history. Tennessee holds a 24-17-2 record in the series that began with a 10-6 Volunteer victory on Nov. 22, 1902, in Atlanta. The series has been played 23 times in Atlanta, 19 times in Knoxville and once in Chattanooga. The one game played in Chattanooga came in 1904, resulting in a Georgia Tech 2-0 victory. The Vols’ series...

SEC’s top recruiting class adds commit: Tennessee lands speedy Florida WR Shocky Jacques-Louis

The Volunteers appear to be set at receiver for the 2018 recruiting cycle following the commitment of Florida native Shocky Jacques-Louis. At one point a Kentucky commit — he decommitted June 11, Jacques-Louis has once again jumped at the chance to play in the SEC East, trading in the Blue Grass for Rocky Top. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Jacques-Louis is rated as a three-star prospect...

Tennessee has no timetable for WR Josh Smith’s return

Over the weekend it was announced that Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith would be out for the first part of the football season with a collarbone injury he sustained in practice. On Monday, Butch Jones gave an update on the Volunteers’ senior pass-catcher. “We don’t have any time set for a return because he has not had a CT scan yet,” Jones told the Knoxville media following...

How will Tennessee replace Josh Smith? Butch Jones isn’t short on options

The Volunteers will have to rely on some inexperience. During his time with the media today in Knoxville, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones confirmed the injury to wide receiver Josh Smith. Jones didn’t offer a timetable for Josh Smith to return. He said that he would know more after the CT scan, which is set for later this afternoon. He then offered some thoughts as to who would...
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2 days ago

Butch Jones announces another Tennessee freshman has lost his black helmet stripe

If Tennessee is going to make some noise this year in the East, the Vols will need some contributions from some relatively unknown players in the secondary. Judging by the early returns in fall camp, the Volunteers are poised to get just that from some of the team’s newest additions this summer. Cornerback Shawn Shamburger had his black stripe removed Friday and now fellow freshman...

Butch Jones says Vols have ‘a long way to go’ following most-recent scrimmage

As the Tennessee Volunteers prepare for the 2017 season and try to replace a number of key players on both sides of the ball, the progress this summer has been slow. On Wednesday night, the Vols scrimmaged at Neyland Stadium, and the results were mixed. Coach Butch Jones said there were plenty of good things that happened, but the Vols still have a lot of work to do. Speaking to...

WATCH: Tennessee Football Camp - Players Availability - 8.18.17

Brett Kendrick, Micah Abernathy, Trevor Daniel.

Tennessee fans confused by prodigal son Peyton Manning’s visit to Texas

Peyton Manning visited the Texas Longhorns’ football practice Thursday and #VolTwitter had mixed reactions. There is a bit of an underlying rivalry between Tennessee and Texas, at least on Twitter, in regards to which school is “the real UT.” The University of Texas, of course, refers to itself as UT. Tennessee, which was founded first in 1794, has several fans who claim it...

Tennessee Recruiting: Volunteers extend three offers

Look at who Tennessee has their sights on. Football season may be about to begin, but recruiting season never stops. That’s evident here, as the Tennessee Volunteers have extended three more offers. With 21 current commitments in the 2018 class, Tennessee went to work on the 2019 group this week. Here’s a look at who the Vols are after. DL George Karlaftis Karlaftis ...
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5 days ago

Tennessee Recruiting: Top Punter Paxton Brooks Commits to the Volunteers

A need is now filled. Punter Paxton Brooks announced via Twitter that he has committed to Tennessee. As of right now, that brings the total to 21 total 2018 commitments for Tennessee. The Vols had a need at punter with Trevor Daniel set to leave after this season. They appeared to have that need filled with Skyler DeLong earlier this year, but he flipped to Alabama. Brooks is...
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6 days ago

Davy Crockett And The Tennessee Volunteers: A History Behind The Name

Tennessee’s greatest Volunteer was born on this day in 1796. You don’t have to look far around the Southeastern Conference to realize the pride and pageantry fan bases take in the tradition and history of their football programs. Tennessee is no exception. In a Southern football landscape where there is plenty of bulldogs and tigers to be found, the Volunteer name stands alone...
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6 days ago

WATCH: Peyton Manning speaks to the Tennessee Football team before a scrimmage

Peyton returned to Knoxville last night. Former quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers and NFL superstar Peyton Manning dropped by to address the team before their scrimmage at Neyland Stadium, which was closed to all media. The Tennessee Football twitter account captured the moment. Manning has made a habit of visiting Knoxville since Butch Jones took over. He can be seen...
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6 days ago

WATCH: Tennessee legend Peyton Manning motivates the 2017 Volunteers

Though Peyton Manning has been enjoying his retirement, starring in commercials and hosting the ESPYs, among other things, he still found time on Wednesday to drop by his alma mater. The 2017 Tennessee Volunteers got quite the treat when the two-time Super Bowl champion stopped by the facility to deliver a motivational message. The main point of Manning’s message was togetherness...

WATCH: Tennessee shares footage from quarterbacks’ helmet cameras

For quarterbacks, using your eyes properly is a huge part of having success on the football field. From looking off defenders to progressing through the reads to watching out for oncoming pass rushers, a quarterback’s eyes are constantly moving. On Wednesday, the Tennessee Volunteers shared some footage from cameras they attached to the quarterbacks’ helmets, giving fans an inside...

WATCH: Tennessee surprises TE Eli Wolf with scholarship during ‘Circle of Life’ drill

The growing trend in college sports is coaches finding new and creative ways to tell former walk-on players that they now have a scholarship. On Tuesday, the Tennessee Volunteers got in on the action, presenting redshirt sophomore TE Eli Wolf (brother of senior TE Ethan Wolf) with a scholarship. Coach Butch Jones presented the younger Wolf with the paperwork just before the two brothers...

Tennessee loses freshman WR Jacquez Jones for the season

The Tennessee Volunteers received some bad news during Tuesday’s practice, losing a receiver for the entire season. After practice, coach Butch Jones confirmed to reporters that true freshman WR Jacquez Jones would be out for the year. According to Coach Jones, the freshman wide out suffered a knee injury: A 3-star signee in the class of 2017, Jones was unlikely to see much action...

Take a look Inside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of Tennessee’s opener against Georgia Tech

A new era in Atlanta. As you know by now, in 20 short days the Tennessee Volunteers will be hitting the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The game may be in Atlanta, but it will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons. The stadium will also serve as the new home of the SEC Championship game, ending the Georgia Dome era. Tennessee will...
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8 days ago
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