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."

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- 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.''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 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: 

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- 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 UT Greats Honored by Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday's Juice (8.5.15)

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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.

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- 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. Patriots' Jerod Mayo, Chandler Jones taking it a day at a time Patriots Linebacker Jerod Mayo Taking Return To Practice 'One Day At A Time'

VFL Zack Godley made his Major League debut on Thursday, July 23 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and dealt a stellar 6.0 scoreless innings en route to earning the win! By doing so, the 25-year-old former Volunteer also became the first pitcher in the Modern Era to toss 6.0-plus scoreless innings with no walks and seven-or-more strikeouts in his Big League debut (source: Arizona Diamondbacks). 

"I was locating my pitches pretty well, all of them, anywhere from a fastball all the way to the changeup and curveball," Godley told after his outing. "Everything seemed to by working pretty well. It's a great feeling and truly humbling. I'm glad these guys are giving me the opportunity."

"The umpire, Brian O'Nora, came over and said, 'This guy has got really good stuff,' and that showed," Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale also told "I love the intensity. That's one of the things we liked about him. He fit right in and didn't seem to be bothered by anything."

After dominating opponents in the California League with Arizona's Class A Visalia, the righthander was promoted to Double A Mobile earlier this month. Prior to his call from the Major League club, Godley held a 9-4 combined minor league record with a 2.72 ERA over 17 games this season.

Here's a look at more of the coverage surrounding Zack Godley's impressive night at Chase Field:

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Following his first trip to represent Tennessee Football at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs received a shoutout of support from his summer internship employers, Pratt & Whitney. Dobbs, an aerospace engineering major at UT, was recently featured by the SEC for his academic endeavors after completing his internship with Pratt & Whitney's West Palm Beach Engine Center.

Here's the full release from Pratt & Whitney's website, posted Thursday, July 16:

#SECMD15 - Vols Behind the Scenes

The buzz surrounding Team 119 continued to crescendo on Tuesday as the Vols made the rounds at SEC Football Media Day in Hoover, Alabama. VFL Films takes you behind the scenes of a whirlwind day for head coach Butch Jones, junior QB Joshua Dobbs, senior LB Curt Maggitt, and junior CB Cameron Sutton. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/15/15)

There are only 52 days until the Vols open the season in Nashville against Bowling Green. Tuesday was the unofficial kickoff to the season as the Vols took part in SEC Media Day in Hoover. 

Here's a look at coverage from 

Here's a look at coverage from around the nation, as the Vols and Butch Jones received lots of positive press: 

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Vols look to fly behind Atlanta QB Josh Dobbs
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols expectations deserve to be high
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Expectations on the rise at UT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Doesn't take long to become Dobbs' fan
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Lack of attention doesn't faze Sutton
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt comfortable with pressure
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: SEC notes: Tennessee shines in recruiting
- UT Daily Beacon: Jones: "We expect a win"

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