Nineteen Volunteers cap their off-season training with the only indoor track meet on the schedule for the month of December. Seniors Michael Hogue and Rubin Williams headline the travel squad. The duo has a combined 14 All-America certificates and six SEC???individual titles. Also joining them are seniors Kris Fant, Blake Jones and Chris Platt. Jones rejoins the team after anchoring UT???s 4x100 relay team to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 conference championships.
Tennessee???s junior trio of throwers also make the competition squad. Richard Wooten, who holds Tennessee???s freshman record and is fifth on UT???s all-time performance list in the weight throw, is joined by outdoor All-America Matthew Maloney and Nick Panezich.
Akeem Hardnett, runner-up in the triple jump at last year???s SEC Indoor Championships, gets his season off to an early start as does fellow junior Brad Holtz. Sophomore Samdi Fraser ran the second leg on Tennessee???s school-record-breaking distance medley relay last season, while fellow sophomore Kyle Stevenson finished fifth in the 200 at the SEC Indoor Championships before earning outdoor All-America honors and an SEC title in the 4x100 relay. Rounding out returning Vols competing are sophomores Nathan Grace, John Hewitt, De???Lon Isom and Brenard Wilson, who tied for sixth in the high jump at last year???s indoor conference championship meet.
In addition to returning Vols, Tennessee completes its travel squad with three true freshmen. Michael Ayres, Joseph Berry and Charlton Rolle will experience their first collegiate competition this weekend.
The Clemson Opener begins Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time with the weight throw and continues through Saturday with the 4x400 relay ending the events inside the Clemson Indoor Track Complex at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time.