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Rocky Top Talk Jul 9, 2014

Young Vols Ready to Rise?

Today's talking points discusses the promise of the young Vols squad… The Kahlil countdown and other news from The Opening camp… another watch list with AJ Johnson's name on it…. and it's only 53 days till kickoff! FOOTBALL AJ Johnson added to yet another watch list AJ Johnson's name has came up quite a bit this offseason, all in a very good way.  Johnson has been named to numerous watch lists while also being named to All-SEC and All-America.  The most recent list to have Johnson named listed is the Chuck Bednarik Watch List which is awarded to the best defensive player in the...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 9, 2014

Point-Counterpoint: Your Team Sucks

POINT Your Team Is Bad and You Should Feel Bad By Message Board Matt First, let me start off by saying that I'm sorry, but these are just the facts: your team is bad and you should feel bad for being a fan of them. All of your good players have graduated (not that they were ever very good: remember that one game where your star player didn't play up to expectations? EXACTLY.) and your new players aren't fit to carry Satan's jockstrap to a community college Quidditch contest. Sure, that one guy you had was okay, but there's no way he or anyone else will ever get better, because your staff is...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 8, 2014
10 Questions for 2013 #3 - Offensive Line

10 Questions for 2013 #3 - Offensive Line

How much will starting over up front cost the Vols this fall? Most of the general commentary about the Vols right now centers around, "Lost everything on their offensive and defensive lines, won't be very good."  It's a fair point; we looked at the defensive line earlier in our series and discussed how the coaching staff might actually rank it as a greater concern than today's topic, though our guys don't think it's going to be quite as bad as many are projecting. On the surface the offensive line is a bigger concern because the Vols are replacing not just seniors, but NFL-caliber...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 8, 2014

Freshman DL Charles Mosley Injured in Car Accident

Charles Mosley will likely miss the 2014 season after suffering injuries in a car accident in Knoxville on Sunday. Mosley Injured In Car Accident Multiple outlets reported that incoming freshman Charles Mosley was involved in a car accident on Sunday. Per Butch Jones, Tennessee is 'awaiting further details' on freshman Charles Mosley, who was in a car accident. — Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownTFP) July 7, 2014 The full extent of Mosley's injuries remains at this point unconfirmed, though the speculation grapevine has been whispering about two broken bones in his legs.  I'm not sure...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 7, 2014
Kahlil McKenzie and Preston Williams Expected to Dominate Elite Camp

Kahlil McKenzie and Preston Williams Expected to Dominate Elite Camp

The Opening, one of the premiere recruiting events in the nation, is expected to provide a platform for several Vols recruits and targets to showcase their talents against the best prospects in the country. All in-line photos are courtesy of Students Sports. For more Student Sport Images, check out this Flickr. The Basics What is this? The Opening is a recruiting event that takes place at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Held in conjunction with the Elite 11 Quarterback camp, the Opening brings together the top 162 high school football players in the country as selected by the staff...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 4, 2014

2014 SEC Football Position Group Rankings

In conjunction with the rest of the SBNation SEC blog community, we're ranking the position groups for the upcoming season. Each week, the poll results will be complied and posted at Team Speed Kills. From now until the kickoff of college football season, each of SBNation's SEC blogs will be ranking the conference position groups for the upcoming season. As with the weekly in-season power poll, each team blog contributes one vote to the overall rankings, which will be compiled and edited1 by all-SEC blog Team Speed Kills. I should mention here that Kid Bourbon is my co-author and the Robin...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 4, 2014

Detrick Mostella Tears Up the Rocky Top League

Detrick Mostella appears to be even realer than real deal Holyfield. Look Who Shined In The Rocky Top League The Pilot Rocky Top League has now come and gone, and we've learned a little bit about a few of the many new faces we'll be seeing when we watch the BouncyVols come November 2014.  The player who has the most buzz flying around both his person and the interwebz is Mr. Detrick Mostella.  With positive rumors swirling about this "NCAA Clearinghouse" situation, it's positively fantastic to see such positive play from the young man.  But don't take my word for it, check his stats from...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 3, 2014

Three Star Offensive Tackle Chance Hall Commits to the Vols

Where did he come from? High three star offensive tackle Chance Hall committed to Tennessee from Northside High School in Roanoke, Virginia, which is a few hours from Knoxville on I-81. How did he end up at Tennessee? @Chance_A_Hall Welcome to Tennessee (GBO) pic.twitter.com/DusbpZwGYp — Mark Johnson (@markjo1) July 3, 2014 To be honest, Hall's commitment was a surprise, with Vanderbilt and Virginia considered the front-runners. Hall was offered by Tennessee way back in April, and he's unofficially visited Knoxville twice (April and June), but hadn't been mentioned in connection with...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 3, 2014

10 Questions for 2014 #4 - Worley or Dobbs?

Will one quarterback rise to the top for the Vols this fall? And is there really a significant difference in Tennessee's offense with Justin Worley or Josh Dobbs? Many of us believed this was a more important question when Riley Ferguson's name was in the mix, both because Ferguson was believed to have a higher ceiling and because we've seen Justin Worley and Josh Dobbs already.  The real question now becomes how much room for growth remains between the performances we saw from the Vol quarterbacks last year and their potential going forward? It's an intriguing question because the...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 1, 2014

Vols Will Be a Tough Out In November

Tennessee, as a young but talented team, should get better and better as the season progresses. Tennessee is not a team that opposing coaches are going to want to face in November.  The Vols are in the unique position of returning the fewest percentage of letterman in the conference, and yet fielding a team that is inarguably both deeper and more talented than last season's outfit.  And so the question of how good the Vols can be this season depends on how long it takes this talented but green squad to both buy into and fully grasp a new system, and to develop the chemistry needed to...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 30, 2014
Monday Afternoon Talking Points: Midnight Grind

Monday Afternoon Talking Points: Midnight Grind

Everything there is to talk about the Vols. Sleep Is the Cousin of Death Dave Lawson and the rest of the Tennessee football training staff took the team to Neyland Stadium for a series of late night workouts called the Midnight Grind (full gallery found here). The national press may be pessimistic on next season's outlook, but Butch Jones is doing everything he can to win as soon as possible. He knows how demanding Tennessee fans are. Bonus Big Charles picture: "@BigCharless: I'm too turnt right now, but oh well this is what being a Vol is all about #VFL" pic.twitter.com/PmIGuuT6ke —...

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