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On Wednesday, 247Sports announced its preseason College Football Top247 list -- a rankings compilation that catalogs the top 247 players in college football. Five Volunteers made the cut.

Sophomore Derek Barnett headlines the list for Tennessee, coming in at No. 19 overall. He was the second-ranked defensive end, finishing only behind Ohio State's Joey Bosa (who also happened to be ranked No. 1 overall). Junior cornerback Cameron Sutton is the second Vol to appear on the list, ranking 46th. 

Curt Maggitt comes next, giving UT three defensive players within the top 70. The senior is listed at No. 65.

The Vols also had two offensive playmakers make the list in sophomore running back Jalen Hurd (205) and junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs (223). 

Freshman defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie and sophomore running back Alvin Kamara were placed on the watch list as neither have appeared in a game to this point for Tennessee.

The player rankings were devised by 247Sports analysts and writers along with several 247Sports team site publishers and reporters weighing in. In some instances, players' coaches were contacted.

According to 247Sports, the following qualifications were used to create the list:
1. The best player
2. Production matters, but production is secondary to ...
3. Ability
4. Importance of position

The list is set to be updated with new rankings at the midseason point of the 2015 college football season and again in the postseason.








Wednesday's Juice (8.12.15)

100% pure squeezed Tennessee football to get your day started right.

Happy Wednesday #VolNation! Tuesday marked the start of two-a-day's for #Team119. Alvin Kamara spoke about how the multi-faceted UT rushing attack is shaping up.

Here are some headlines from Tuesday --

1. Secondary Strides

Defensive backs Brian Randolph, LaDarrell McNeil and Emmanuel Moseley gave an update on how the secondary is shaping up with its added depth.

2. Young Guys On O-Line Stepping Up

Head coach Butch Jones said that freshman Jack Jones and sophomore Coleman Thomas are making progress and helping bolster UT's young O-line.

3. Vol Couple Surprise On Finebaum

Vol fans Cheyenne Martin and Andrew Brown went on The Paul Finebaum show to talk about how they accidentally scheduled their wedding on Tennessee-Florida game day. Coach Jones stopped by to wish them well.

4. VFL Johnson Eying Starting FB Spot

After overcoming injuries early in his NFL career, VFL Austin Johnson is competing for the the New Orleans Saints starting fullback job .

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-- The Vols held their Tuesday evening practice at Neyland Stadium. We are only 24 days away from the 2015 officially starting!

--Tuesday night's practice included this gem from Pig Howard:

-- Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni were mic'd up at Tuesday's practice!

-- VFL Jason Witten says that he and the Dallas Cowboys are aiming high. Sounds like it's Super Bowl or bust in Dallas!

-- VFL Jerod Mayo has been a mentor for younger players on the New England Patriots.

Tuesday's Juice (8.11.15)


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Good Tuesday morning, #VolNation! It's been two days since our last juicing, which means there's a lot to catch up on. The Vols returned to practice on Monday after taking Sunday off, getting the second week of training camp started with a (muggy) midday session


Here are some things you may have missed over the last two days -- 


1. Black stripes falling

A Vol newcomer has seen the black stripe removed from his helmet on each of the last two practice days. On Saturday, sophomore JUCO transfer Alvin Kamara became the first Tennessee rookie to have his black stripe removed.


Following Monday's practice, freshman defensive end Kyle Phillips lost his black stripe, making him the first true freshman on the 2015 roster to receive the distinction.



2. The GOAT meets Denzel

By all accounts, VFL and current Dallas Cowboy great Jason Witten had a pretty good week last week. First, the 10-time Pro Bowler was tabbed by ESPN personality and former NFLer Darren Woodson as the greatest tight end ever.

Then, on Saturday, Witten -- the 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year -- was spotted chatting with Denzel Washington and son John David Washington.



3. More VFL-celeb connections

Jason wasn't the only VFL rubbing elbows with celebrities on Saturday as Peyton Manning took a photo with country music stars Cole Swindell and Kenny Chesney at Broncos camp.


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- Ahead of Sunday's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game--in which the Vikings defeated the Steelers 14-3--VFL Cordarrelle Patterson posed in front of his own Hall of Fame display. The cleats Patterson wore when he returned a kickoff an NFL-record 109 yards in 2013 is on permanent display in Canton.

Patterson had one catch for six yards in the NFL preseason-opener. He also returned one kickoff for 26 yards.


- Defensive coordinator John Jancek spoke about nickelback Rashaan Gaulden's development at length on Monday


- The injury bug has already been spotted at Vols camp. See how the offensive line competition is reacting to some early bumps and bruises.


- VFL Tony McDaniel, who won a Super Bowl as a defensive tackle with the Seattle Seahawks, announced Monday night via Twitter that he has signed a one year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There, McDaniel teams up with fellow Tennessee football graduate Luke Stocker, who is entering his fifth season with the franchise.

- National championship-winning coach Phillip Fulmer took in his first Vol practice of the season Monday, stopping by Haslam Field to share an embrace with fellow Tennessee legend Conredge Holloway.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/27/15)


A crowd of 63,016 was on hand to watch the annual DISH Orange & White Game as the defense, dressed in Orange rallied to beat the offense, in White, 54-44. Check out all of the coverage from UTSports.com: 


Here's a look at what the media wrote following the game: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Sutton's steal highlights Vols' spring game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Battle for backup quarterback heats up
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Spring over, Vols player-led team again
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Passing game still has catching up to do
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara: Trick play looked better on board
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Clean' spring game pleases Jones
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' spring football award winners are...
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Battle for backup quarterback heats up

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/22/15)



Get the latest on the Vols with coverage from UTSports.com following the 13th practice of spring. 


Coverage from the media included the following: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols hope to restore 'Wide Receiver U'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mosley's move to offense not permanent
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butcher having solid first spring
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stocstill is 'A true team player'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendrick showing 'ridiculous' improvement
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mosley impresses in O-line debut
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Spring-game format 'similar' but different
- Maryville Daily Times: Vol linebackers moving in parallel
- Tricities Sports: #VolReport: Eyes On Saturday

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/21/15)


The Vols return to Haslam Field for their 13th spring practice on Tuesday afternoon. We are just four days from the DISH Orange & White Game, which kicks off on Saturday at 4 p.m., on the SEC Network Alternate Channel. 

In the news, the Vols are the subject of a lengthy behind-the-scenes piece by Brad Shepard on Bleacher Report: Every Detail Matters for Vols Rebuild.

Other stories from the media include: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QBs will plot title course for SEC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: 'Throw game' not passing test

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/19/15)

Saturday was a special day for the students of the University of Tennessee as they were invited to attend the Vols' practice at Neyland Stadium. Find out what it meant to Coach Butch Jones to see such wonderful support: Students Show Out In Support Of Vols

Also on UTSports.com: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Receiver Johnson repping a lot for UT Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols appreciate students at practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Hand surgery sidelines Gaulden
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Linebackers must do far more than hit
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Competition continues at center
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara 'fine' despite sore thigh
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mono-free Moseley showing no rust
- Maryville Daily Times: UT testing two-headed run game

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/17/15)


The Vols return to Neyland Stadium for their 12th practice of spring on Saturday. It will be a special day as it will be Student Appreciation Day. 

Here's a look at the latest from UTSports.com: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' freshman QBs 'have their moments'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 'No rust' in return for Vols' Emmanuel Moseley
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Fulmer says another glory era possible
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendal Vickers can stomach move to DT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mahoney impressed by Thomas at center
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thomas returns, practices well for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: DeBord talks backup quarterback battle
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee CB Gaulden 'out' with injury
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Robertson praises Vols' Jones, Hall


Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/15/15)

Only five practices (including the DISH Orange & White Game) left for Team 119 this spring. Get the latest on the Vols with the latest coverage from UTSports.com: 



Here's a look at stories from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: WR Johnson plays big for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kelly leads Legacy class toward future
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Moseley returns to practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Vickers enjoying spring surge
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Freshman QBs still learning
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols RB Kamara returns to practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Moseley returns to practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols football assistants get raises

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/10/15)

#TGIF Only 15 days until the DISH Orange & White Game (April 25, 4pm) 🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️

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Get the latest on the Vols from Thursday's practice with coverage from UTSports.com: 

News from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Spring 'time to shine' for UT Vols' Sanders
- Knoxville News Sentinel: North eager to practice at full speed
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Fewer sacks will enhance running game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara still out of action
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Blair still seeking consistency
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Jennings adjusting as college QB
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Jalen Hurd nearing 240 pounds
- The Tennessean: Mistakes plague Vols defense


Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/8/15)

Get the latest on the Vols as they have hit the midway point of Spring Football following Practice #7 on Tuesday. UTSports.com has you covered:


News from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols net six-figure profit from TaxSlayer Bowl
- Knoxville News Sentinel: It was a huge kick in hindsight
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vereen out for rest of spring practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara absent from UT practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: North putting frustrating 2014 behind him
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: QBs improving under DeBord

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/5/15)

The Vols held their first spring practice at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Get the full scoop in #VolReport: Team 119's Neyland Debut.


Alvin Kamara and Evan Berry were cited by Coach Jones as the standouts from Saturday's action. Read more: Kamara's Spark On Display, Saturday

Also on UTSports.com: 

The latest from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dobbs, Kamara reuniting in Vols' backfield
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Evan Berry stands out in UT Vols' scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs preps for entire season of fun
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shows big-play ability
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Night and day' difference for Malone
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols give peek at depth chart
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shines again in scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gaulden showing 'progress' at nickel
- Maryville Daily Times: No more why at the Z for UT's Howard

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/4/15)

The Vols will practice at Neyland Stadium for the first time this spring on Saturday, as they go through their sixth session. 


Get all of your spring camp info in our CAMP CENTRAL.

Here's a look at Saturday's stories from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols defensive end Lewis embracing opportunity
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gillespie adjusts to new role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/3/15)

Butch Jones led the Vols through their fifth spring practice on Thursday. Get the full scoop in the #VolReport: Assistants Break It Down

More on UTSports.com from Camp Central

Here's a look at coverage from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gaulden, Foreman getting corner time for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Weatherd working as hybrid on defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones hasn't had luxury of redshirting
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones shows power of social media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols moving Weatherd to hybrid role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols bringing Bates back slowly


Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/1/15)

Happy April! We are 24 days from the DISH Orange & White Game.


On Tuesday, Butch Jones held the Vols' fourth spring practice. Follow all of our coverage in our Camp Central

Get the latest from UTSports.com:

Media coverage includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols have solid trio at safety
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen understands social media's power
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stripling sees positives to depleted line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Tight ends still 'work in progress'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QB Dormady showing 'tremendous progress'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols CB Moseley to miss 'a few weeks'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Kelly showing spring improvement

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/30/15)



Here's a look at Monday's stories from the media.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: DeBord hits the ground running
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bigger, stronger Smith knocking off rust
- UT Daily Beacon: Reeves-Maybin thriving in leadership role for Tennessee defense  

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/14/15)

Tennessee's mid-year enrollees on offense met with the media on Tuesday. Check out coverage on UTSports.com: #VolReport: Amazing Feeling Bonds Newcomers.


Also on the site: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: New UT Vols linemen eager to start careers
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT early enrollees meet with media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Humbled Kamara 'excited' for future
- Maryville Daily Times: UT's Jack Jones ready to get to work

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/19/14)

The Vols finished their third practice in as many days on Thursday with a spirited session inside the Anderson Training Center. Get the full report: #VolReport: Eyes On The Prize.

Butch Jones spoke with pride as the Vols posted a record for highest grade point average in program history. Read about it in Brian Rice's feature: Winning In The Classroom


Also on UTSports.com:

Check out the TaxSlayer Bowl Central for full info on the game which is two weeks away. 

Here's a look at recent coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols mix fun into bowl preparations
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Sawyers back on field with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols set record in classroom
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Walk-on RB Pickett leaves Vols

News out of Iowa includes:
- The Daily Iowan: Catching a Hawkeye legacy
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Ticket sales sluggish for Iowa bowl game
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Scherff, Iowa OL have Tennessee's attention

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