Tennessee is back in action. Here’s what we’re watching for. Camp is officially here. The Tennessee Volunteers resumed practice this morning in Knoxville, beginning the final phase of the offseason ahead of their September 2nd opener against Bowling Green.
Tennessee took to the practice field on Wednesday morning for the first day of fall camp under Josh Heupel. Listen below for a breakdown of the morning workout, as Jake Nichols and Matt Ray discuss what Jake saw during the periods that were open to media in the video above.
Fall camp starts today for Tennessee, meaning a new era in the backfield is just weeks from getting underway. Gone are Eric Gray and Ty Chandler, and the Volunteers will lean on some new faces in the debut year of Josh Heupel.
Josh Heupel is coming to Tennessee to revamp the Vols offense, and that is what has been the focal point of the offseason. While college football has seen high scoring offenses win championships the last two years, saying defense is not as important is far from true.
Josh Heupel finished as the runner-up in the 2000 Heisman Trophy race when he was the quarterback at Oklahoma. Now that the Sooners are (eventually) going to join the SEC, Heupel has a unique perspective on what his former school brings to the table.
Josh Heupel is about to begin his first official preseason for Tennessee football. A mass exodus of players and the addition of a ton of new players via the transfer portal and recruiting makes it hard to know exactly what the depth chart will look like when the Vols take the field in a month.
For over 25 years, the Manning Passing Academy has been the home to thousands of campers looking to better themselves in the game of football. Each year, the camp is home to college camp counselors, and this year, second-year, Tennessee quarterback Harrison Bailey was a camp counselor.
Why the move portends bad results—for both Tennessee and college football as a whole. Before everyone could even make sense of it all, it happened. What started with a rumor—that Texas and Oklahoma were unhappy in the Big 12, and wanted to go to the SEC—became a reality in less than 2 weeks.
Before the NCAA investigation that got Jeremy Pruitt fired, before the hire of Josh Heupel and before the mass exodus of players in the transfer portal, it’s important not to forget the biggest reason fans turned against Jeremy Pruitt and Heupel inherited such a mess.
Ever since the start of July, Josh Heupel has been on a roll on the recruiting trail. On Monday, he secured the eighth commitment for Tennessee football during that time frame, the seventh for his 2022 class and the first commitment for the month of August.
Norcross, Ga.-- Greater Atlanta Christian School offensive lineman Addison Nichols, one of the elite offensive linemen in the 2022 recruiting class, just publicly announced his commitment to the University of Tennessee over North Carolina and Ohio State.
It’s hard to project exactly what the biggest needs will be for Tennessee football in 2023. When they have so many immediate needs at the moment, looking two recruiting classes ahead seems to be a bit premature.
Based on what happened this past year, it’s hard to predict exactly what needs Tennessee football will have in 2022. However, they will clearly have a need at linebacker, edge rusher and in the secondary.
Josh Heupel already has a reputation for running what are perceived to be finesse offenses. Now, Tennessee football is losing two key veteran offensive players players who could have helped offset that reputation his first year on the job.
The Tennessee Volunteers are a finalist for another in-state receiver target, landing in the ‘final four’ of Kaydin Pope on Saturday. Pope, out of Savannah, Tennessee, also listed Memphis, Mississippi State and Auburn on his list of favorites.
Keon Johnson was the 28th ranked prospect in the 2020 high school class. In his one year at Tennessee, the six-foot-four off guard averaged 17.8 points per 40 minutes on 51.9% true shooting in 686 minutes across 27 appearances.