Aug. 28, 2009
Tennessee's first four game times have been set with Friday's approval by the Southeastern Conference that the Sept. 26 home game against Ohio can be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Eastern time (6 p.m. Central).
Cable systems across the state of Tennessee are expected to carry the telecast from the VideoSeat pay-per-view service. The game also will be made available as a pay-per-view event to Tennessee Dish Network and DirecTV subscribers. Specific ordering information will be released closer to the game.
UT's first four kickoffs and televising network (all times Eastern):
Sept. 5 vs. Western Kentucky, 12:21 p.m. (SEC Network)
Sept. 12 vs. UCLA, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 19 at Florida, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 26 vs. Ohio, 7 p.m. (VideoSeat PPV)
Well, the Heisman Trophy candidate finally has some company.
Kiffin released his depth chart for the 2009 season opener against Western Kentucky after the Vols staged a Friday afternoon walk-through on Haslam Field.
Tennessee's two-deep lists 12 seniors, 12 juniors, two sophomores and an impressive seven freshmen either alone in a starting position or bracketed with a teammate on offense, defense or special teams.
True freshmen in the running to start their collegiate debuts are wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, tailback Bryce Brown, defensive tackle Montori hughes, cornerback Mike Edwards and safety Janzen Jackson, while David Oku gets the nod at one of the two kick returner slots. Redshirt freshman Aaron Douglas also is bracketed at the right tackle position.
After Friday's practice, Tennessee hurried inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center for a brief pep rally involving the spirit squad and Pride of the Southland Band. The team then loaded buses for a local hotel and team meetings to further simulate home-game Fridays. The team is not staying overnight at the hotel, but will return first thing Saturday morning to that same location for gameday mode.
UT's final preseason "Vol Walk" from the Torchbearer Statue starts at 10:36 a.m., with kickoff for the last scrimmage of the preseason set for 12:21 -- exactly the same times as Sept. 5 when the Hilltoppers invade Neyland Stadium to open the 2009 season and Lane Kiffin Era.