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Rocky Top Talk May 14, 2015

Tennessee vs Mississippi State: Weekend Series Thread

Three games left, can the Vols extend their season? The final weekend of the regular season has now arrived and the Vols still have a chance to fight for a spot at Hoover. They host Mississippi State this weekend for a three game series beginning tonight. The Bulldogs are currently last in the SEC, one half game behind the Vols. The Vols ran into trouble against UNC Asheville in the midweek game Tuesday. The Bulldogs took the early lead on a home run in the first, but Nick Senzel tied it up with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the frame. UNCA retook the lead in the fourth on a...
Rocky Top Talk May 11, 2015

The Season Opener: First Impressions & Relative Danger

Bowling Green could present just as many reasons to worry as Utah State did last year. But Team 119 has far fewer question marks than their predecessors. We open our 2015 season preview today, looking at each opponent from a Tennessee perspective.  Up first:  The Clawson Classic. The Taxslayer Bowl will matter for another 117 days, and then it will vanish with the quickness.  In its place will be the first taste of Team 119, all the pomp and circumstance of a season opener with a special Music City flair. We all feel much better about Tennessee than we did this time last year, when hope...
Rocky Top Talk May 11, 2015

SEC Basketball: Ranking the Newest Basketball Hires in the SEC

Four teams have hired new head coaches this offseason, and all four look to make an immediate impact in the upcoming 2015-16 season. Which hire was the best and which one left fans scratching their heads? The SEC will see four new head coaches making their debut with their respective teams when the 2015-16 season begins in the winter, and all four coaches are about as diverse as possible. From a coach who's been in the NBA Finals to one who's never made the NCAA Tournament, the four newcomers bring differing styles and pedigrees to the SEC. The Mississippi State Bulldgos made the first hire...
Rocky Top Talk May 8, 2015

Tennessee at #20 Arkansas: Weekend Series Thread

Seven games are left on the schedule. With two weekends left in the season time is running out for the Vols to secure a spot in the SEC tournament. This weekend they travel to Fayetteville to take on the #20 Arkansas Razorbacks. Tennessee is currently sitting last in the SEC, a half game behind Georgia and a game behind Mississippi State and Alabama. Things went well for Tennessee in their midweek match up Wednesday against Belmont. The Vols scored seven runs on eleven hits to take the victory over the Bruins 7-2. Eight pitchers combined to give up two runs on nine hits and a walk for...
Rocky Top Talk May 8, 2015

Tennessee Record Book - Which Career Records Could Be Challenged This Year?

The young talent will still get the hype, but three upperclassmen have a chance to write their own names in the record book while leading Team 119 this fall. There are plenty of young players on this Tennessee team who could challenge for school records, both this season and before their time is up in Knoxville.  Last year both Curt Maggitt (11) and Derek Barnett (10) put their name in the top ten on the single season sack list, currently owned by Reggie White (15).  Josh Dobbs already owns the record for rushing yards by a Tennessee quarterback in a single game.  I'm also particularly...
Rocky Top Talk May 6, 2015

Tennessee vs Belmont: Game Thread

Can the Vols bounce back? With two weeks left in the season the Vols are still alive and fighting for Hoover.  Their chances though continue to fall. They entered last week tied for the final spot in the field, but a three game sweep by Texas A&M dropped them back to last place in the SEC. The good news though is that next week's opponent, Mississippi State, is only one game ahead of the Vols. After tonight's game, the Vols will travel to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas for a three game series this weekend. Tennessee is starting off the week tonight at home against Belmont. The Vols...
Rocky Top Talk May 6, 2015

Vols in the NFL Draft: The Last Steps of the Rebuild

A seven year spiral in the NFL Draft should now be at an end in Knoxville, as the Vols project to send multiple players to the big board in the very near future. As you know, Tennessee had no players taken in the NFL Draft for the first time since 1963.  The Vols were 10-10 in 1961-62 leading up to that draft; as you know Tennessee is 12-13 the last two years, and only Derek Dooley recruits were eligible to be drafted last week.  So far only three players Dooley signed out of high school who stayed with the program have been drafted - Justin Hunter, Ja'Wuan James, and Zach Fulton - though...
Rocky Top Talk May 5, 2015

The Official 2015 RTT T-Shirt Design Contest

Got an idea for this year's official 2015 Rocky Top Talk t-shirt? Let's have it. The old-timers 'round these parts will recall that we've published a Tennessee Football preseason magazine every year since 2009. This explains why today feels like Groundhog Day for me, not because I'm stuck on loop but because I'm sticking my head up out of the hole it's been in for at least the last two months. Hi! It's bright out here! Anyway, this year's edition is safely in the hands of the printer as of yesterday, so players are all now free to change positions and transfer to rivals so we look like...
Rocky Top Talk May 2, 2015

Cuonzo Martin Lands Top Recruit Over Kentucky

On the second Top 10 player now headed to Cal under Cuonzo's watch, and some of what Tennessee fans are thinking. Just the facts, ma'am: Jaylen Brown, the number three rated player in the 2015 247 consensus and number one at Scout.com, surprised many in the basketball world by picking California last night.  He chose the Bears over, among others, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, and our friends at Kentucky.  Brown joins Ivan Rabb, the number seven player in the 247 consensus, on the list of Cal pickups in this class, giving the Golden Bears the number five recruiting class in the...
Rocky Top Talk May 1, 2015

Tennessee vs #3 Texas A&M: Weekend Series Thread

Can the Vols make the SEC Tournament? Tennessee returns to Lindsey Nelson Stadium tonight to take on the #3 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. The Vols were last in action Sunday, where they closed out the series against South Carolina with a 10-4 victory. That win sealed the series win for the Vols, as they had won game two on Saturday on a bases loaded walk off single. They were originally scheduled to host Xavier Wednesday but the game was canceled and will not be made up. After a successful weekend with the series victory against South Carolina, Tennessee has moved up in the SEC standings. ...
Rocky Top Talk May 1, 2015

2015 Tennessee Depth Chart - Post-Spring Projections

The Vols can put 19 players with starting experience on the field this fall. Here's how we think Tennessee will look in the season's first week. Fifteen practices down and several important freshmen still to come, the Vols head into the long summer months with far more answers than questions in not just their starting lineup, but the entire two-deep for the first time in many years.  A coach in his third year and two straight top ten recruiting classes have brought us both firepower and stability, and it shows across the board. Here's how we project the Vols to line up in the season...

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