SEC teams look to find defensive stoppers after draft exodus

Sports 04/22/19, 09:47

This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago.It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this year.Last year's Associated Press All-America team featured six defensive linemen or linebackers from the SEC: Alabama's Quinnen Williams, Kentucky's Josh Allen, LSU's Devin White, ...

Tennessee seeking breakthrough season from QB Guarantano

Football 04/13/19, 20:28

Tennessee needs a breakthrough season from Jarrett Guarantano as the Volunteers attempt to bounce back from two straight last-place finishes in a division loaded with experienced quarterbacks.Guarantano took a step forward this spring while showing his comfort level with new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. The redshirt junior was named the ...

Ex-Georgia OC Chaney attempts to rejuvenate Vols’ offense

Football 03/08/19, 15:37

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt knows the problems new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney can cause an opposing defense since the two men faced off on college football's ultimate stage.Chaney was Georgia's offensive coordinator and Pruitt was Alabama's defensive coordinator in 2017 when the Crimson Tide edged the Bulldogs 26-23 in a ...

Tennessee hires Georgia’s Chaney as offensive coordinator

Sports 01/09/19, 13:13

Jim Chaney is returning to Tennessee for a second stint as the Volunteers' offensive coordinator after spending the last three seasons at Georgia.Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt announced the hire of Chaney on Wednesday. 247Sports first reported the hire.Chaney replaces Tyson Helton, who left to become Western Kentucky's head coach. Chaney ...

Tennessee has disappointing finish to Pruitt’s 1st season

Football 11/25/18, 12:40

Perhaps the clearest evidence of Tennessee's fall over the last decade is how the Volunteers have lost their status as the premier program in their own state.Tennessee (5-7) squandered an opportunity to earn a bowl bid in coach Jeremy Pruitt's first season by losing 38-13 at Vanderbilt in its regular-season ...

Vandy senior QB looking for rare 3rd straight win over Vols

Football 11/20/18, 18:46

Kyle Shurmur has been chasing down a handful of Vanderbilt passing records held by Jay Cutler all season long.Now the senior quarterback is poised to do something Cutler never managed. Shoot, no quarterback alive has done what Shurmur can do on Saturday: Beat in-state rival Tennessee three straight times.Why, Vanderbilt ...

Tennessee QB Guarantano’s status ‘day to day’ for Vandy game

Football 11/19/18, 15:49

Tennessee is trying to manage an uncertain quarterback situation as it prepares to visit Vanderbilt this week with a bowl bid at stake.An injury prevented Jarrett Guarantano from playing the final three quarters of a 50-17 loss to Missouri last week. An injury also knocked wide receiver Marquez Callaway out ...

Tennessee struggling to establish any kind of rushing attack

Football 11/05/18, 16:45

Injuries at running back and instability on the offensive line have Tennessee running out of answers for its stagnant ground attack.Tennessee is averaging 127.7 yards rushing per game and 3.41 yards per carry , good for last in the SEC in both categories.The Volunteers' rushing woes were glaringly apparent last ...

Tennessee begins home stretch with postseason hopes at stake

Football 10/29/18, 15:08

Tennessee likes to consider itself a premier football program based on its history, which means it shouldn't be sitting out the postseason in back-to-back years.Yet that's the possibility facing the Volunteers unless they close the season on a rush.After squandering a 12-point lead Saturday in a 27-24 loss at South ...

Vols OL Smith out indefinitely due to blood clots in lungs

Football 10/25/18, 16:02

Tennessee offensive tackle Trey Smith is out indefinitely after doctors discovered blood clots in his lungs, a recurrence of an issue that also caused him to miss spring practice.Smith originally was diagnosed in February with blood clots in his lungs. He received a six-month course of anticoagulants, a form of ...

Vols’ Pruitt confident Guarantano will be ready this week

Football 10/22/18, 22:05

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says he expects quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to be available Saturday at South Carolina. The sophomore was knocked out of the game early in a loss to No. 1 Alabama last week."I think Jarrett's going to be fine," Pruitt said Monday. "He took a pretty good shot, ...

Vols’ coach says this could be Saban’s best Alabama team

Football 10/18/18, 14:53

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks from experience when he says this may be the best Alabama team of Nick Saban's 12-year tenure.Pruitt was part of Saban's staff for four national championship teams at Alabama and spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator . Now he's ...

No 21 Auburn tries to rebound against Tennessee

Football 10/12/18, 10:34

Circumstances have changed significantly since the last time Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt matched his defense against Gus Malzahn and Auburn's offense.The Volunteers and 21st-ranked Tigers face off Saturday with each nursing more humble aspirations than national and Southeastern Conference championships.Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 SEC) is seeking a breakthrough league win under Pruitt, ...

Tennessee’s Pruitt, Georgia’s Smart have much in common

Football 09/27/18, 13:32

Georgia coach Kirby Smart sees the identity that Jeremy Pruitt is trying to build at Tennessee as these two former Alabama defensive coordinators prepare to face off.Pruitt and Smart worked together on Alabama's staff from 2007-12. Pruitt was Georgia's defensive coordinator in the two seasons before Smart took over the ...

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