August 2015 Archives

Monday's Juice (8.31.15)

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Happy Monday #VolNation! First game week of the season!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Phillips Stands Out

Freshman defensive lineman Kyle Phillips has impressed coaches and looks forward to returning to Nashville's Nissan Stadium, where he played as a kid.

2. Phillips, Kirkland Benefit From Spring Enrollment

Phillips and fellow freshman Darrin Kirkland Jr. benefitted from enrolling in the spring.

3. Maggitt/Barnett Form Formidable Tandem

Curt Maggitt and Derek Barnett shared that they have specific goals for themselves this season as a pass-rushing duo.

EXTRA JUICE

ICYMI, VFL and Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson had the most electrifying play of the NFL preseason this weekend, a 107-yard kick return on Saturday!

Also, VFL and Green Bay Packers RB Rajion Neal hauled in an impressive 36-yard touchdown on Saturday!

Friday's Juice (8.28.15)

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TGIF #VolNation!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Williams Cleared To Play

Head coach Butch Jones announced on Thursday that freshman wide receiver Preston Williams has been cleared to play this season.

2. Are Vols Ready For Prime Time?

College football expert & SEC Network Analyst Tony Barnhart visited campus this week! Here's his take on the 2015 Vols.

3. Dobbs & Vols Eyeing Breakout Season

ESPN.com college football analyst Travis Haney visted campus this week! He lists Joshua Dobbs as a potential breakout player.

4. Vols In NFL Preseason Action

FRIDAY, Aug. 28
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers - 7:30 p.m. - Jerod Mayo (NE), Chris Scott (CAR)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs - 8 p.m. - Justin Hunter (TEN), Eric Berry (KC), Tyler Bray (KC), Dustin Colquitt (KC), Zach Fulton (KC)

SATURDAY, Aug. 29
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills - 4 p.m. NFL Network - Daniel McCullers (PIT), Ramon Foster (PIT), Matt Simms (BUF)
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins - 7 p.m. - James Stone (ATL), Matt Darr (MIA), Ja'Wuan James (MIA), Jacques McClendon (MIA), Dallas Thomas (MIA)
Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 7 p.m. - Tony McDaniel (TB)
Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys - 7 p.m. - Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN),Justin Coleman (MIN), Jason Witten (DAL)
New York Jets at New York Giants - 7 p.m. - Jordan Williams (NYJ), Robert Ayers (NYG)
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals - 7:30 p.m. - Denarius Moore (CIN)
Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens - 7:30 p.m. - Morgan Cox (BAL)
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers - 8 p.m. - Rajion Neal (GB)
Indianapolis Colts at St. Louis Rams - 8 p.m. - Michael Palardy (STL)
San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos - 9 p.m. - Britton Colquitt (DEN), Malik Jackson (DEN), Peyton Manning (DEN)

SUNDAY, Aug. 30
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints - 4 p.m. FOX - Parys Haralson (NO), Austin Johnson (NO)
Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders - 8 p.m. NBC - Mychal Rivera (OAK), Dan Williams (OAK)

Thursday's Juice (8.27.15)

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It's Tuesday #VolNation!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Vols' Improvement Under Jones Turning Heads

It's no secret that Tennessee has been a program on the rise since Butch Jones arrived in Knoxville. Throughout the offseason, experts and analysts from around the nation have talked about higher expectations for this season.

2. MLB Battle Down to Kirkland, Jumper

The starting middle linebacker spot has been narrowed to Darrin Kirkland Jr. and Colton Jumper.

3. Abernathy Earning Role

Fifth-year senior running back transfer Ralph David Abernathy IV is finding his role at Tennessee.

Wednesday's Juice (8.26.15)

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It's Hump Day #VolNation! Hope you're having a great Wednesday!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Happy National Dog Day!

2. VFL Charlie Coffey Passes Away

VFL Charlie Coffey (lettered 1953-55) passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer at the age of 81. Coffey was also a Tennessee defensive line coach form 1963-65.

3. Versatility Along The O-Line

Several Tennessee offensive linemen are able to play multiple positions .

4. Jennings Exceeding Expectations

Jauan Jennings has impressed coaches in his transition from quarterback to wide receiver.

EXTRA PULP

-- VFL Eric Berry is flourishing in his comeback from cancer.

-- VFL Peyton Manning has been difficult to sack over the course of his career.

Tuesday's Juice (8.25.15)

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It's Tuesday #VolNation!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Kerbyson Coming Into his Own at LT

Redshirt senior Kyler Kerbyson's versatility along the offensive line has made him a valued member of the unit. He played at left tackle last year out of necessity. Now he is becoming a natural at covering the blind side.

2. Barnett Named To ESPN's All-SEC Team

ESPN named sophomore defensive end Derek Barnett to its preseason All-SEC squad on Monday.

EXTRA PULP

-- #NFLVols Preseason Update: Monday - Tampa Bay 25, Cincinnati 11 - Tony McDaniel (TB) 1 tackle

-- Peyton Manning is playing alongside and against many of his fans!

-- It's hard to beat Jason Witten's game face!

Monday's Juice (8.24.15)

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Happy Monday #VolNation!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Vols In AP Top 25

In case you missed it, the Vols are ranked No. 25 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25! It is the first time since 2008 that Tennessee opens the season ranked in the AP poll.

2. Vols In NFL - Preseason Week 2 Performances (Saturday & Sunday)

Miami Dolphins - Matt Darr: 2 punts, 106 yards, 53.0 avg

New York Giants - Robert Ayers: 1 tackle

New Orleans Saints - Parys Haralson: 2 tackles, 1 TFL; Austin Johnson: 1 rush, 4 yards

Oakland Raiders - Mychal Rivera: 1 catch, 19 yards

Minnesota Vikings - Cordarrelle Patterson: 2 catches, 8 yards

Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning: 8-for-14, 52 yards; Britton Colquitt: 5 punts, 219 yards, 43.8 avg., 2 in 20; Malik Jackson: 1 tackle

Green Bay Packers - Rajion Neal: 4 carries, 11 yards

Pittsburgh Steelers - Daniel McCullers: 2 tackles

St. Louis Rams - Michael Palardy: 2/2 XPs, 3 punts 117 yards, 39.0 avg., 2 in 20

Tennessee Titans - Justin Hunter: 1 catch, 1 yard

Monday's Game

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 8 p.m. ET, ESPNDenarius Moore (CIN), Luke Stocker (TB), Tony McDaniel (TB)

Vols In The NFL - Preseason Week 2 Schedule

Saturday's Games

Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers: 7 p.m. ET, Ja'Wuan James (MIA), Dallas Thomas (MIA), Jacques McClendon (MIA), Matt Darr (MIA), Chris Scott (CAR)

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network, Morgan Cox (BAL)

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants: 7:30 p.m. ET, Robert Ayers (NYG)

New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints: 7:30 p.m. ET, Jerod Mayo (NE), Parys Haralson (NO), Austin Johnson (NO)

Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings: 8 p.m. ET Dan Williams (OAK), Mychal Rivera (OAK), Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN), Justin Coleman (MIN)

Denver Broncos at Houston Texans: 8 p.m. ET, Peyton Manning (DEN), Britton Colquitt (DEN), Malik Jackson (DEN)

Sunday's Games

Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers: 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network, Rajion Neal (GB), Ramon Foster (PIT), Daniel McCullers (PIT)

St. Louis Rams at Tennessee Titans: 8 p.m. ET, FOX, Michael Palardy (STL), Justin Hunter (TEN)

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers: 8 p.m. ET, Jason Witten (DAL)

Monday's Games

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 8 p.m. ET, ESPNDenarius Moore (CIN), Luke Stocker (TB), Tony McDaniel (TB)

Friday's Juice (8.21.15)

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Good Friday Morning #VolNation!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Leading Comes Naturally To Kirkland

Freshman linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. understands the leadership responsibilities involved with being the 'Mike' linebacker.

2. Phillips Being Compared To Barnett

Freshman Kyle Phillips is fine with being compared to teammate Derek Barnett, who had a breakout freshman season in 2014.

3. VFLs In NFL In Action Tonight

Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets: 7:30 p.m. ET, James Stone (ATL), Jordan Williams (NYJ)

Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs: 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network, Eric Berry (KC), Tyler Bray (KC), Dustin Colquitt (KC), Zach Fulton (KC)

VFL Jabari Greer Joins SEC Network

VFL Jabari Greer (2000-03) has joined the SEC Network as a studio and game commentator for the 2015 season.

Greer lettered for the Vols from 2000-03. Played in 49 games and had 147 tackles, three and a half sacks, eight TFLs, 33 PBUs and two interceptions. During his college career, Greer also participated in track & field. He broke the 110 m hurdles school record. Greer was a three-year starter at cornerback and broke a school record by playing in 51 games. Greer graduated from Tennessee in 2004 with a degree in psychology.

Greer was undrafted, but played for the Buffalo Bills from 2004-08 and the New Orleans Saints from 2009-13. He was a key member of the Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV.

Congrats Jabari!

Thursday's Juice (8.20.15)

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It's Thursday and 16 days until the Vols kick off 2015 against Bowling Green in Nashville!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. TEs Bond Via Summer Fishing

The Tennessee tight ends have bonded this summer on fishing trips.

2. OL Thomas Ready For Sophomore Surge

Sophomore offensive lineman Coleman Thomas says he is confident now after enduring some freshman struggles

3. Kirkland Picking Up Defense

Freshman Darrin Kirkland Jr. has a photographic memory and has been a quick study so far. He is in a three-man competition at middle linebacker with Kenny Bynum and Colton Jumper.

4. Butch Jones On Sirius XM College

Butch Jones and several Vols spoke with Sirius XM College at media day. Their interviews will air tonight a 7 p.m. ET with a 9 p.m. ET re-air. You can also catch Coach Jones and UT football talk:

8/21 5-7 a.m. ET
8/22 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ET
8/23 12 p.m.-2 p.m. ET
8/30 1 p.m.-3 p.m. ET

Extra Juice

-- Derek Barnett had an outstanding freshman year in 2014, establishing himself as one of the premier defensive ends in the country. He aims to pick up right where he left off.

-- Joshua Dobbs' leadership has received praise from his teammates.

--#NFLVols
Tonight: Buffalo at Cleveland at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN -- VFL QB Matt Simms is on the Bills

Wednesday's Juice (8.19.15)

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Guess what day it is! It's Wednesday! Hump day! It's also the first day of school at the University of Tennessee! Welcome to the 2015-16 academic year!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Vols Won't Be Distracted By Expectations

The excitement continues to build for the quickly-approaching college football season. Tennessee's 2015 season opener against Bowling Green (Sept. 5) is just over two weeks away. The Vols refuse to get big-headed about expectations heading into the year.

2. Eyes on Freshmen DLs

Speaking of high expectations, ESPN's Alex Scarborough writes that UT's highly-touted freshmen defensive linemen Kahlil McKenzie, Kyle Phillips and Shy Tuttle will play a big role in the Vols' success.

3. Offensive Continuity

Tennessee's offensive scheme won't be drastically different from last year as new offensive coordinator Mike DeBord has maintained some elements of the 2014 version. However, expect the veteran OC to make this offense his own.

--Extra Pulp

-- Ralph David Abernathy IV brings an added veteran presence to Rocky Top

-- VFL Peyton Manning and Eli Manning are back at it again with some funny Gatorade commercials.

Tuesday's Juice (8.18.15)


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Good morning, #VolNation! With Saturday's Open Practice at Neyland Stadium now in the rear view mirror, Team 119 opened up their third week of fall practice on Monday night at Haslam Field. The evening was highlighted by the removal of two more black stripes as freshman QB Quinten Dormady and freshman quarterback-turned-wideout Jauan Jennings both received the recognition. 



Take a look at some of the latest news and notes on the Vols --

1. Jones stuck on the Middle

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones reiterated to The Tennessean just how important recruiting in Middle Tennessee has been to his program. It's no surprise, seeing as the list of mid-staters on the 2015 Vols roster reads a bit like a who's who of Tennessee football: OL Jashon Robertson, DL Derek Barnett, RB Jalen Hurd, DB Rashaan Gaulden, K Aaron Medley, and more.


2. The surprising Jack Jones

With a handful of injuries, bumps, and bruises along the offensive line, Tennessee continues to rotate through a steady batch of players within the unit. One freshman who has stepped up in the wake of these maladies has been freshman Jack Jones, as reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


3. Vol position battles

Alex Scarborough of ESPN highlighted Tennessee's ongoing position battles on Monday afternoon, focusing in on the offensive line, defensive line, and linebacker positions.


-- Extra Pulp

-- More from ESPN as Edward Aschoff lists Tennessee at No. 2 in the SEC preseason quarterback rankings.


Sunday's Juice (8.16.15)

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Good Sunday morning, #VolNation! Last night Tennessee held its annual open practice at Neyland Stadium! Thank you to the 40,000 fans who showed up to support #Team119!

Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

1. Welcome Back, Berry!

#VFL great Eric Berry made his return to football on Saturday when his Kansas City Chiefs took on the Arizona Cardinals in preseason action. Berry battled back from cancer and has been an inspiration to many with his determination and bravery.

2. Ralph David Abernathy IV

Redshirt senior transfer running back Ralph David Abernathy IV carries the family name of one of the great leaders of the Civil Rights movement. His grandfather would be proud would be proud of the young man known as Ralph David today.

3. Depth at Defensive End

"We know in this conference you can never have enough (depth)," Jones says. The Vols have solid depth at defensive end.

4. Virtual Vols

The Vols have found a use virtual reality technology in practice and film study.

Extra Pulp

-- #NFLVols Update


KC - Dustin Colquitt - 2 punts, 36.5 avg.
MIN - Cordarrelle Patterson - 2 rec, 29 yards, 1 TD, 1 KR-24 yards
TB - Tony McDaniel - 1 ast tackle

Best of Snapchat: #VolsOpenPractice (8.15.15)

Here are some of the best fan pics from Snapchat at Saturday's Tennessee Football open practice at Neyland Stadium!

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Saturday's Juice (8.15.15)

Saturday's Juice (8.15.15)

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Friday was Media Day at Neyland Stadium as #Team119 spoke to reporters and posed for the camera! Click here for the FULL GALLERY!

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Cam Sutton looking like the star of a Vol Football film noir today at Media Day. 🎬🎥

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Happy Saturday everyone! Here are some of the latest Vol Football headlines!

1. Jennings 'Fun To Coach'

Freshman WR/QB Jauan Jennings has been described as "fun to coach" and his coaches and teammates are big on his potential.

2. McKenzie Continues To Impress

Kahlil McKenzie is one of the biggest freshmen defensive lineman coach Steve Stripling has ever coached.

3. Talent On #Team119 Is Impressive

When asked to compare the depth of his first UT roster to Team 119's, Butch Jones described it as "night and day."

4. Secondary Could Be Special This Year

With a pair of senior safties LaDarrell McNeil and Brian Randolph, gifted juniors Cameron Sutton and Malik Foreman and a wealth of depth, Tennessee's DB group might be its strongest unit.

Extra Pulp

-- Friday #NFLVols Update

VFL Malik Jackson (right) sacking Seattle's Russell Wilson on Friday.
Briton Colquitt (Denver Broncos) 4 punts, 39.3 avg.
Malik Jackson (Denver Broncos) 1 tackle, 1 sack
Denarius Moore (Oakland Raiders) 1 rec, 30 yards
Michael Palardy (St. Louis Rams) 1 punt, 38 yards
Justin Hunter (Tennessee Titans) 1 rec, 13 yards

-- #NFLVols In Action On Saturday

SATURDAY

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings - 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Bucs: Luke Stocker, Vikings: Justin Coleman, Cordarrelle Patterson

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals - 9 p.m. ET
Chiefs: Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt, Zach Fulton

WELCOME BACK ERIC BERRY!!


Chiefs: Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt, Zach Fulton

-- Mr. Tenacity goes to Corey Vereen!

-- Pick up your souvenir programs at Saturday's OPEN PRACTICE!

Friday's Juice (8.14.15)

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TGIF, #VolNation! Tennessee held its second two-a-day of the week yesterday with evening practice at Neyland Stadium.

Here are some headlines from Thursday --

1. ESPN's Tom Luginbill Talks Vols

Appearing on the News Sentinel sports page radion show, ESPN College Football Analyst and National Director of Recruiting Tom Luginbill shared his thoughts on Tennessee.

2. VFLs In NFL Preseason Action

Several NFL VFLs started preseason play last night! Rajion Neal had 15 yards on four carries and two catches for five yards in the Green Bay Packers' 22-11 win over the New England Patriots.

-- Extra Pulp

Remember fans! Saturday is the OPEN PRACTICE at Neyland Stadium! It's at 6:30 p.m. and FREE! Let's pack Neyland!

Thursday's Juice (8.13.15)

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Good Thursday morning, #VolNation! Sandwiched between two days of two-a-days, Wednesday featured a single practice in the early afternoon. The team opened practice with some work on fourth-and-1s.

Here are some headlines from Wednesday --

1. Jamal Lewis Speaks To The Team

It was great to have VFL Jamal Lewis stop by Wednesday practice! Lewis, who ran for 2,677 yards from 1997-99, shared some words of wisdom with #Team119.

2. Kyle Phillips Improving Every Day

Freshman defensive lineman Kyle Phillips continues to get better every day and his size and speed have been on display.

3. Vols Making Headlines On The West Coast

With the Vols ranked No. 25 in the Amway Coaches Poll and rising expectations throughout #VolNation, Tennessee's resurgence under head coach Butch Jones is well-known coast to coast. On Wednesday, UT was featured in the LA Times.

4. NFL Preseason Gets Rolling Tonight

The 2015 NFL preseason officially started last week with the Hall of Fame Game. There are six NFL preseason games tonight with 11 VFLs in action! Here is our most up-to-date list of VFLs in the NFL!.

THURSDAY, Aug. 13

7:30 p.m. ET - New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens
VFLs: Saints - Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson | Ravens - Morgan Cox

7:30 p.m. ET - New York Jets at Detroit Lions
VFLs: Jets - Jordan Williams

7:30 p.m. ET - Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots
VFLs: Packers - Rajion Neal | Patriots - Jerod Mayo

8 p.m. ET - Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears
VFLs: Dolphins - Matt Darr, Ja'Wuan James, Jacques McClendon, Dallas Thomas

8 p.m. ET - Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns
VFLs: None

10 p.m. ET - Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers
VFLs: Cowboys - Jason Witten

5. VFL Eric Berry Shines At Chiefs Camp

VFL Eric Berry is enjoying a strong training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs since making his comeback from cancer. He already has three INTs in camp and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced that he will play on Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals. It's AWESOME to see Berry back and dominating once again on the NFL practice fields! Welcome back, Eric.

-- Extra Pulp

-- The Vols have five players listed in the preseason College Football Top247 rankings.

-- Remember fans, Tennessee is hosting an OPEN PRACTICE on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Neyland Stadium!


On Wednesday, 247Sports announced its preseason College Football Top247 list -- a rankings compilation that catalogs the top 247 players in college football. Five Volunteers made the cut.

Sophomore Derek Barnett headlines the list for Tennessee, coming in at No. 19 overall. He was the second-ranked defensive end, finishing only behind Ohio State's Joey Bosa (who also happened to be ranked No. 1 overall). Junior cornerback Cameron Sutton is the second Vol to appear on the list, ranking 46th. 

Curt Maggitt comes next, giving UT three defensive players within the top 70. The senior is listed at No. 65.

The Vols also had two offensive playmakers make the list in sophomore running back Jalen Hurd (205) and junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs (223). 

Freshman defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie and sophomore running back Alvin Kamara were placed on the watch list as neither have appeared in a game to this point for Tennessee.

The player rankings were devised by 247Sports analysts and writers along with several 247Sports team site publishers and reporters weighing in. In some instances, players' coaches were contacted.

According to 247Sports, the following qualifications were used to create the list:
1. The best player
2. Production matters, but production is secondary to ...
3. Ability
4. Importance of position

The list is set to be updated with new rankings at the midseason point of the 2015 college football season and again in the postseason.








Wednesday's Juice (8.12.15)

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Happy Wednesday #VolNation! Tuesday marked the start of two-a-day's for #Team119. Alvin Kamara spoke about how the multi-faceted UT rushing attack is shaping up.

Here are some headlines from Tuesday --

1. Secondary Strides

Defensive backs Brian Randolph, LaDarrell McNeil and Emmanuel Moseley gave an update on how the secondary is shaping up with its added depth.

2. Young Guys On O-Line Stepping Up

Head coach Butch Jones said that freshman Jack Jones and sophomore Coleman Thomas are making progress and helping bolster UT's young O-line.

3. Vol Couple Surprise On Finebaum

Vol fans Cheyenne Martin and Andrew Brown went on The Paul Finebaum show to talk about how they accidentally scheduled their wedding on Tennessee-Florida game day. Coach Jones stopped by to wish them well.

4. VFL Johnson Eying Starting FB Spot

After overcoming injuries early in his NFL career, VFL Austin Johnson is competing for the the New Orleans Saints starting fullback job .

-- Extra Pulp

-- The Vols held their Tuesday evening practice at Neyland Stadium. We are only 24 days away from the 2015 officially starting!

--Tuesday night's practice included this gem from Pig Howard:

-- Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni were mic'd up at Tuesday's practice!

-- VFL Jason Witten says that he and the Dallas Cowboys are aiming high. Sounds like it's Super Bowl or bust in Dallas!

-- VFL Jerod Mayo has been a mentor for younger players on the New England Patriots.

Wired: Tennessee fall practice

For much of fall training camp, various Vols have been seeing wearing a GoPro camera on their helmets. VFL Films captured all the unique footage and produced this exclusive look inside Tennessee fall practice, which was featured on the SEC Network.

You'll also hear the voices and instruction of offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who were mic'd up at practice last week.



View the video in a new window here.



Tuesday's Juice (8.11.15)


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Good Tuesday morning, #VolNation! It's been two days since our last juicing, which means there's a lot to catch up on. The Vols returned to practice on Monday after taking Sunday off, getting the second week of training camp started with a (muggy) midday session


Here are some things you may have missed over the last two days -- 


1. Black stripes falling

A Vol newcomer has seen the black stripe removed from his helmet on each of the last two practice days. On Saturday, sophomore JUCO transfer Alvin Kamara became the first Tennessee rookie to have his black stripe removed.


Following Monday's practice, freshman defensive end Kyle Phillips lost his black stripe, making him the first true freshman on the 2015 roster to receive the distinction.



2. The GOAT meets Denzel

By all accounts, VFL and current Dallas Cowboy great Jason Witten had a pretty good week last week. First, the 10-time Pro Bowler was tabbed by ESPN personality and former NFLer Darren Woodson as the greatest tight end ever.

Then, on Saturday, Witten -- the 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year -- was spotted chatting with Denzel Washington and son John David Washington.



3. More VFL-celeb connections

Jason wasn't the only VFL rubbing elbows with celebrities on Saturday as Peyton Manning took a photo with country music stars Cole Swindell and Kenny Chesney at Broncos camp.


- Extra Pulp

- Ahead of Sunday's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game--in which the Vikings defeated the Steelers 14-3--VFL Cordarrelle Patterson posed in front of his own Hall of Fame display. The cleats Patterson wore when he returned a kickoff an NFL-record 109 yards in 2013 is on permanent display in Canton.

Patterson had one catch for six yards in the NFL preseason-opener. He also returned one kickoff for 26 yards.


- Defensive coordinator John Jancek spoke about nickelback Rashaan Gaulden's development at length on Monday


- The injury bug has already been spotted at Vols camp. See how the offensive line competition is reacting to some early bumps and bruises.


- VFL Tony McDaniel, who won a Super Bowl as a defensive tackle with the Seattle Seahawks, announced Monday night via Twitter that he has signed a one year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There, McDaniel teams up with fellow Tennessee football graduate Luke Stocker, who is entering his fifth season with the franchise.

- National championship-winning coach Phillip Fulmer took in his first Vol practice of the season Monday, stopping by Haslam Field to share an embrace with fellow Tennessee legend Conredge Holloway.

Saturday's Juice (8.8.15)


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Tennessee took to Haslam Field for Day 4 of fall training camp on Friday afternoon, putting in work beneath sunshine and blue skies for the first time all week.



Post-practice, a handful of Vols and headman Butch Jones spoke to the media, leaving us plenty to catch up on. Take a look at the newsworthy bits to emerge in and around #VolsCamp on Friday --


1. Pearson reinstated

Butch Jones announced on Friday that wide receiver Von Pearson has been reinstated to the team. A lot of coverage on this announcement, including pieces from the Knoxville News Sentinel, Times Free Press, Tennessean, AP, and Maryville Daily Times.


2. More love for Hurd

We've got Jalen Hurd at the No. 2 spot in the Juice for the second day in a row after more content detailing his impressive start to fall camp continues to roll in. The sophomore running back appears a physical specimen out on the football field, having added weight while maintaining his quickness and speed.

Above the rest.

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3. VFL Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night

Former Vol linebacker and currently sixth-ranked UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux is headlining tonight's UFC Fight Night in Nashville. He will be facing fourth-ranked Glover Teixeira. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. The Tennessean provides a preview of the fight here.


- Extra Pulp

- From the Kansas City Star, VFL Zach Fulton taking reps at center at Chiefs camp




Former Tennessee linebacker Ovince Saint Preux will face Glover Teixeira in a five-round light heavyweight bout as part of UFC Fight Night Nashville on Saturday night. 

The Main Card, with Teixeira vs. Saint Preux as the headliner, begins at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1

St. Preux (18-6) is ranked as the No. 6 light heavyweight in UFC while his opponent, Teixeira, holds the No. 4 ranking. St. Preux is 6-1 inside the Octagon and is coming off a first round KO of Patrick Cummins at UFC on Fox 15 in New Jersey. His only defeat in the UFC was a decision to Ryan Bader. OSP also has wins over Mauricio Rua, Ryan Jimmo, and Nikita Krylov.




Friday's Juice (8.7.15)


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It was the coordinators stepping up to the microphone after Day 3 of fall training camp wrapped up on Thursday evening. 

Both offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and defensive coordinator John Jancek discussed the positional battles within their respective units, with the latter focusing on a significant question mark at the middle linebacker spot, as per Knoxville News Sentinel. More on the search for the No. 1 Mike LB from the Times Free Press as well.

Take a look at some of the newsworthy bits to emerge from #VolsCamp on Thursday -- 


1. Circle of Life

The Volunteers practiced in shells on Thursday, meaning that the time was ripe for the first Circle of Life drills of the season. 


The early title bout of the day was billed as a monster clash between behemoths Kahlil McKenzie (whose big moment would come later in the pass-skeleton drill) and Charles Mosley, but it was the hit levied by freshman quarterback-turned-wide-receiver Jauan Jennings that got this Big Orange section of the Twitterverse buzzing:



2. Hurd 'outstanding' to open camp

First-year OC Mike DeBord sang the praises of his sophomore tailback, whose leadership and effort he described as "outstanding." 



3. Gruden gives Jones stamp-of-approval

ESPN personality and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden stated that Butch Jones is the right man for the job on Knoxville, saying "I'll say this about the Volunteers: they got the right guy. I think Butch Jones is going to put the Volunteers back on the map."



- Extra Pulp

- Armani Exchange


- Offensive line coach Don Mahoney spoke with the Roanoke Times on local products Coleman Thomas and Chance Hall

 

Thursday's Juice (8.6.15)



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Tennessee held practice No. 2 on Wednesday evening and much of the focus from the day centered on this fall's theme: 'My All.' 

UTSports.com's Brian Rice took a deeper look at the meaning in the 'My All' message, relaying a couple of the individual 'My All' commitments shared prior to the start of camp. 


There was no media availability following Wednesday's practice, but there are still plenty of noteworthy observations to drink down in this edition of The Juice.


1. Barnett far from satisfied

As the Knoxville News Sentinel reports, Derek Barnett's presence is a welcome sight on the practice field after missing the spring following shoulder surgery. The 2014 Freshman All-American raised some eyebrows on Tuesday following the fall's opening practice, admitting that he left some sacks out on the field last season.


2. Berry's first post-cancer pick

VFL Eric Berry turned in the play of the day at Kansas City Chiefs camp on Wednesday, making this sprawling snag on a tipped pass:


Berry's incredible comeback from lymphoma continues to inspire teammates, fans, and rivals alike.



3. Kahlil McKenzie leaves giant impression

CBSSports.com took notice of a rather large individual roaming Vols camp on Wednesday afternoon: true freshman defensive tackle Khalil McKenzie. 

Patrick Brown of the Chattanooga Times Free Press (who also covered the early development of QBs Quinten Dormady and Sheriron Jones) provides the visual evidence: 



- Extra Pulp

- That heralded Jauan Jennings athleticism is real.



- As noted by the Maryville Daily Times, Cam Sutton is taking his leadership role seriously.




Tennessee track & field VFL Brian Brophy (1990-92) was among eight individuals with ties to UT to be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame during the 34th annual dinner and induction ceremony Tuesday night at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Brophy is a three-time letterwinner for the Vols and one of the most accomplished decathletes in program history. He won the 1990 SEC Championship in the decathlon, posting a total of 7,537 points and earned All-America honors as the national runner-up at the NCAA Championships. He earned All-America honors again in 1991 after taking third at the NCAA meet and played a big role in helping the Vols win the 1991 national title. As a senior in 1992, Brophy scored 8,276 points to win the NCAA Championship in the decathlon and set a then-UT record.

Check out the News Sentinel's great article on Brophy at the link below!

News Sentinel: Brian Brophy a standout among Tennessee's decathlon All-Americans

UTSports.com: UT Greats Honored by Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday's Juice (8.5.15)

100% pure squeezed Tennessee football. 


Drink it up, #VolNation. It's good for you. Football is back on Rocky Top.

Tennessee football made its glorious return to the gridiron on Tuesday evening (amid high expectations), opening up its fall training camp at Haslam Field in a two-hour session that culminated under the watchful gaze of the Tennessee twilight. 



We're just one practice down, but there's plenty for you to catch up on. Take a look at Wednesday's vitamin-packed serving of news and notes from around Rocky Top.

1. So fresh, so clean

The Nike era has officially arrived in Knoxville and Monday marked our first exposure to the new practice digs. Now, we've still got 31 days until we can see the real thing when the Vols take the field at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 5, but there was something poetic about Team 119 emerging from the doors in its crisp orange tops and glossy black cleats. The #OrangeSwarm looked every bit their namesake.


The Vols' first practice day in Nike was covered in depth by the Knoxville News Sentinel's Mike Strange where he learned that the new apparel's biggest draw may be in the mentality it inspires.


2. Jennings' transition

Four-star freshman quarterback Jauan Jennings began to see work at wide receiver on Tuesday as the Vols look to add depth to the position. Plenty of eyes were cast toward the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native as he navigated his way through the initial drills with the other wide outs. 

Turns out the kid's got some hands. Jones praised Jennings' elite athleticism and quarterback Joshua Dobbs echoed those praises of the true freshman on his camp-opening performance.


3. Bookworm Vols ahead of schedule

Coach Jones reported after practice Tuesday that he felt his team was farther along in terms of installation and retention than he had anticipated going into Day One.

Confidence and optimism are early traits of this Vol squad as it looks to translate hard work in the classroom and team meetings to results on the field.


- Extra Pulp

- We're all thinking it. Jason Croom is just saying it.




- Butch Jones unveiled the first 'My All' Photo of the Day early Wednesday on Twitter.

"Good morning. It's football time in Tennessee!"

With Team 119 set to begin training camp later today, head football coach Butch Jones held his annual pre-camp press conference on Monday at the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium. Topics ranged from an academia-focused camp schedule to positional battles to leadership growth to the theme of this year's team: 'My All.' If you missed any of Coach Jones' press conference on Monday, you can watch the presser in its entirety below. The full transcript can be found here.


Not surprisingly, Coach Jones' comments leading to the start of training camp generated plenty of content from the local and regional media, including a piece from Mark Wiedemer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press citing Tennessee's emphasis on "winning in the classroom." That piece can be found here.

Other news and notes from around Rocky Top:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Jones holding tight to academic priorities

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Which Vols will make the plays?


- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols searching for receiver depth

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stewart won't enroll until January







VFL Jerod Mayo Taking It One Day At A Time

Tennessee alum and current New England Patriots star Jerod Mayo has bounced back from season-ending injuries before. Mayo played the first six games of the 2014 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. An offseason of rehab has the former Vol back and ready to go for the defending Super Bowl Champs.

ESPN.com: Patriots' Jerod Mayo, Chandler Jones taking it a day at a time

NESN.com: Patriots Linebacker Jerod Mayo Taking Return To Practice 'One Day At A Time'

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