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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 —...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 27, 2014

Jordan McRae Drafted, Traded to Philadelphia

The Vols go two for two and McRae lands with the World Champions. He cut it close, but Jordan McRae made it:  the Vol senior was taken by the defending World Champion San Antonio Spurs with the 58th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.  UPDATE: And how quickly things change:  McRae has been traded to Philadelphia. We profiled McRae earlier this week:  a scorer from both the three point line and at the rim who bought in to Cuonzo Martin's defensive philosophy as his career went along, turning in the sixth highest scoring season in Tennessee Basketball history en route to the Sweet 16.  The...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 26, 2014

Jarnell Stokes to Memphis Grizzlies via trade with Utah

Stokes becomes the first Vol drafted since Tobias Harris and just the second since 2002. The wait is over for Tennessee's big man:  Jarnell Stokes was selected by the Utah Jazz with the fifth pick in the second round, number 35 overall.  But news broke minutes later that a much more attractive destination awaited:  the Memphis Grizzlies traded for their hometown boy. In my opinion, this is an incredible fit for Jarnell Stokes.  He goes to a team that already values the skills he brings to the table; the Grizzlies were the fifth best rebounding team in the league last year.  He'll join...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 26, 2014

Scouting Recent Tennessee Commit Kyle Oliver

Where did he come from? "@_KyleTheSmile_: I have officially committed to THE University of Tennessee !! #VFL pic.twitter.com/8rehhE9tzl" — Tennessee Recruiting (@Tenn_Recruiting) June 23, 2014 Three star tight end Kyle Oliver committed to Tennessee from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he plays with another future Volunteer, Jack Jones. For those of you who aren't familiar with Tennessee high school football, Oakland and crosstown rival Riverdale are two of the largest and most successful football programs in the top division of public school football in the...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 25, 2014

2014-15 Tennessee Basketball Schedule - Non-Conference Opponents Released

A dozen non-conference foes, including some familiar names and many challenges, await Donnie Tyndall in year one. After almost a decade of solid scheduling - a policy built by Bruce Pearl and maintained by Cuonzo Martin - we wondered if Donnie Tyndall would continue to put the Vols out there against nationally-recognized foes, especially early in his tenure with the roster dealing with major turnover.  With the Vols facing Florida and Kentucky just once each in the third and thankfully final year of the current SEC rotation, the RPI number could use some help...but not too much help with a...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 25, 2014

Butch Jones Is Peyton Manning's Homeboy

The former Vol quarterback, who is responsible for the coolest street name on UT's campus, visited said campus this past weekend to hand out scholarships, pass around footballs, and make a new BFF. "Talking 'Bout Friends Forever (Always will be here)" Peyton Manning, who was in Knoxville this past weekend for his charity golf tournament, didn't merely hit the links but spent plenty of time on campus as well. He presented the 2014 Peyton Manning Scholarship to this year's winners Alex Crockett and Cody Sain. He worked out with the team and -- as you will see from this utsports.com...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 24, 2014

Jordan McRae NBA Draft Profile

The Vol senior and prolific scorer hangs just on the cusp of many mock drafts. Can his game translate to the next level? While Jarnell Stokes has quietly moved into the first round in most mock drafts, Jordan McRae appears to be hovering right on the edge of being drafted at all.  DraftExpress has him going second-to-last with the 58th pick to San Antonio.  Unlike Stokes, who could be a nice pickup for a contender looking to add more rebounding, I think McRae's NBA success depends less on which team takes him and more on whether his offensive game is good enough to produce against NBA...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 24, 2014

Kicker Tommy Townsend Makes It Five For The Weekend

Orange Carpet Recruiting Weekend was a resounding success as the Vols picked up one, two, three, four, five new commitments for the 2015 class. Boy, That Escalated Quickly 21 June 2014 - 12:17 PM:  Alvin Kamara, the former four star running back who signed with Alabama out of high school before transferring to a Kansas junior college for 2014, tweets that he'll be a Vol in 2015. I am committed to THE University of Tennessee. *exhales* #GoVols — Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) June 21, 2014 21 June 2014 - 5:59 PM:  High three star (read: will likely get bumped up to four stars at some...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 23, 2014
Three Star Linebacker Austin Smith Commits to Tennessee

Three Star Linebacker Austin Smith Commits to Tennessee

Where did he come from? Proud to say I'm a 2015 commit!!! #VOLS pic.twitter.com/r6JOsgCr6R — Austin Smith #11 (@AustinZSmith24) June 22, 2014 Austin Smith committed to Tennessee out of Buford High School in Georgia, a powerhouse program that has sent numerous players to BCS programs, including fellow Vol commit Quay Picou. How did he end up at Tennessee? #Tennessee pic.twitter.com/FPzqhM5Dta — Isaac Nauta (@inauta24) June 21, 2014 Smith had more than eighteen major college offers, including Alabama, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, but was widely...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 23, 2014

Jarnell Stokes NBA Draft Profile

Will Tennessee's Size 20 big man sneak into the first round? When Jarnell Stokes decided to return for his junior season in 2013-14, the writing was already on the wall it would be his last.  And while Jarnell steadily increased his production during his 2.5 year career in Knoxville - 12.4 points and 9.6 rebounds as a sophomore, 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds last year - playing in Cuonzo Martin's system gave him fewer opportunities to show off any additional offensive skills.  The assumption for many, even after the Vols caught fire late and played their way to the Sweet 16, was that...

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