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Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017, 12:52 PM • Permalink
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Happy Monday. We're inside 2 weeks until college football starts. At the end of next week there will be a handful of games. I'll be watching and chances are so will you.

We're three weeks out from the Vols/Tech in Atlanta. Can you imagine that? Here's something for your listening pleasure. This is an emergency Vol-Scars podcast I recorded Saturday in the Ray Mears Studio with Vol Historian Tom Mattingly where we do the deep dive on the Donna Thomas UT Hall of Fame. You won't believe how absurd some of what Tom brings to light here. The hits, as they say, just keep on coming.

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Matt Dixon thrills with today's UT Football Breakdown:

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'Tennessee coach Butch Jones still isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback, though junior Quinten Dormady is the clear frontrunner over redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano.

“I don’t believe in setting timetables,” Jones said during the Vols Media Day on Sunday. “When it happens, it happens. I see both individuals competing exceptionally hard. Quinten has been consistent day in and day out. The mark of good players is they elevate the play of others around them, and I want to see our quarterbacks step up and elevate the play of others around them. Have a commanding presence of those around them.”

Guarantano, who missed a practice last week due to a death in his family, had his best practice of fall camp on Saturday, according to Jones.
True freshman Will McBride, the 29th-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class according to the 247sports Composite, ran with the 2nd team during Guarantano’s absence.

What I Say: Dormady should start and play the majority of the Georgia Tech game, but we expect Guarantano to play some snaps and have a role in the offense, at least at the beginning of the season.

Give It Up For Brett Kendrick: Jones had high praise for offensive tackle Brett Kendrick on Sunday. The fifth-year senior started all 13 games last season (seven at left tackle, six at right tackle), and has appeared in 33 games during his Vol career.

“He's battled through some injuries and keeps coming back,” Jones said. “He's really taken advantage in the weight room. Just his perseverance, his resolve, we've needed that.”

And For The Kicker.... - Kicker Aaron Medley has had an inconsistent career at Tennessee, making 52-of-73 (71.2%) field goal attempts during his three seasons. Last year, he was just 11-of-16 after making at least 20 field goals his freshman and sophomore seasons.

“I think that’s really elevated Aaron’s play, not only from a field-goal standpoint, but also from a kickoff standpoint and from accuracy of where we want the ball put in the box to hang time to all those things associated with it,” Jones said. “He’s becoming more consistent, and Aaron’s thing is the longer field goals. He can do it. He has the leg strength. I believe in him.”

Despite the coach’s confidence, Jones said Medley is “in a competitive battle” with freshman kicker Brent Cimaglia, the No. 7 kicker in the 2017 recruiting class, according to the 247sports Composite.

No Stripe Society: - Two more freshmen had their black stripes removed after Friday’s practice. Tight end LaTrell Bumphus and safety Theo Jackson joined offensive lineman Riley Locklear and McBride as the only freshman to have their black stripe removed during fall camp.

Offensive lineman Trey Smith and defensive end Deandre Johnson, two early enrollees, had their black stripes removed during spring practice.

VFLs in the NFL (Preseason Week 1)


Josh Dobbs (Pittsburgh Steelers) : 8-of-15 for 100 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs, and 16 rushing yards in his first pro start in the Steelers 20-12 win over the New York Giants.

Tyler Bray (Kansas City Chiefs): 5-of-8 for 63 yards and a interception in the Chiefs’ 27-17 loss to San Francisco.

Matt Simms (Atlanta Falcons): 10-of-20 for 104 yards and 24 rushing yards in the Falcons’ 23-20 loss to Miami.

Nathan Peterman (Buffalo Bills): 13-of-25 for 112 yards and a touchdown with 26 rushing yards in the Bills’ 17-10 loss to Minnesota.

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Running backs:

Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints): 4 carries for 35 yards and an 11-yard punt return in the Saints’ 20-14 loss to Cleveland.

Austin Johnson (Tampa Bay Bucs): 2 receptions for 15 yards in the Bucs’ 23-12 loss to Cincinnati.

Wide Receivers:

Josh Malone (Cincinnati Bengals): 2 receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 23-12 win vs. Tampa Bay.

Jason Croom (Buffalo Bills): one reception for nine yards in the Bills’ 17-10 loss to Minnesota.

Cordarrelle Patterson (Oakland Raiders): two receptions for 22 yards in the Raiders’ 20-10 loss to Arizona.

Alex Ellis (Jacksonville Jaguars): two receptions for 11 yards in the Jaguars’ 31-24 win vs. New England.


Derek Barnett (Philadelphia Eagles): four tackles, two sacks and two TFLs in Tony’s Eagles’ 24-9 loss to Green Bay.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Detroit Lions): six tackles in the Lions’ 24-10 win vs. Indianapolis.

Jordan Williams (New York Giants): three tackles, one sack and one TFL in the Giants’ 20-12 loss to Pittsburgh.

LaTroy Lewis (Oakland Raiders): four tackles, two sacks, two TFLs in the Raiders’ 20-10 loss to Arizona.

Justin Coleman (New England Patriots): four tackles in the Patriots’ 31-24 to Jacksonville.

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Punter U:

Dustin Colquitt (Kansas City Chiefs): six punts with a 48.5 yard average in the Chiefs’ 27-17 loss to San Francisco.

Britton Colquitt (Cleveland Browns): seven punts with a 41.3 yard average in the Browns’ 20-14 win vs. New Orleans.

Matt Darr (Miami Dolphins): three punts with a 46 yard average in the Dolphins’ 23-20 win vs. Atlanta.

Michael Palardy (Carolina Panthers): two punts with a 46.5 yard average in the Panthers’ 27-17 win vs. Houston.

* Many veteran VFLs, like Eric Berry, Jason Witten and Malik Jackson, did not play in their teams’ first preseason game.

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2017 Schedule
Ga. Tech*
Indiana St.
@ Florida
S. Carolina
@ Alabama
@ Kentucky
Southern Miss
@ Missouri
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All Times ET

Michigan's season opener with Florida just got easier with 7 Gators suspended for the game. What did 7 guys do to get suspended? Talk about a kick in the family jewels. Florida will be without Antonio Callaway, Keivonnis Davis, Kadeem Telfort, Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones, Ventrell Miller and James Houston. Hello and goodbye. That's a huge development for the early part of the season. If Michigan can take care of business, Tennessee could get a weakened Gator squad whether or not Florida is back at full strength. I'm a big believer in the cumulative nature of losses at places like Florida. Link

Apparently the Florida players misused some financial aid. I wonder how financial aid works for Bama players in the Nick Saban era?

How do the suspensions impact the line in Florida/Michigan? Glad you asked. Link

The Tennessee secondary agrees that it's time for Florida to be done with Callaway. That guy has been nothing but a headache. Link

This better not come to pass around here in 2017. Link

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1. It seems like Tennessee is expecting this freshman class to contribute immediately in some positions of need. If they can provide quality depth, the Vols may not be as vulnerable to injuries as they were last season.

2. Florida always seems to have at least one offseason incident that draws negative publicity. With Michigan as the opener, the suspensions will sting more this time.

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3. ESPN's Morningside 5 documentary is fantastic. It shows in stark terms the downside of basketball dreams and the aftermath when they fall apart.

4. The Nationals appear to have averted disaster with Bryce Harper's knee. The injury certainly looked worse than it turned out to be.

5. The National League Central is mess. Nobody seems capable of taking charge of the division.

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6. Sean Miller continues to recruit at an insane level at Arizona. The Wildcats are one of the handful of true giants in the player procurement game.

7. Arsenal won a heart stopping opener. Olivier Giroud continues to be one of the best closers in the game.

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8. Chelsea certainly did not look like a championship favorite in game one. Of course, they now have 37 more contests to prove otherwise.

9. Huddersfield Town showed they belong in the EPL. If they can have a meaningful season, it would be a great story.

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Posted: Sun, Aug 13th, 2:53 PM
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What's Wrong With the NFL: Bills Mafia
Posted: Wed, Aug 9th, 11:51 AM
by Alison

WHO WILL THE VOLS UPSET? If Tennessee is to break through the 8-regular season win ceiling set to date in the Butch Jones tenure they must not only beat everyone they’re supposed to but find an upset win in the mix as well. With that in mind let’s look at the four games the Vols are likely to be underdogs in and rank them from most to least likely to win....





-The Sabermetrics crowd can come up with all the advanced stats they want to explain Aaron Judge’s second-half slump....


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Justin Thomas: He's your PGA Tour Player Of The Year. He's a Bammer. He's only 24. Carded a 59 at Sony Open setting a PGA record. Carded a 63 at US Open Erin Hills. The 9 under par at Erin Hills breaks an all time US Open record. He was in a position to bag two majors. Bama World Domination is a real thing.

My lovely wife and my son were at this event yesterday and report that tons of Bammers were yelling "Roll Tide" at Thomas the entire round. My wife said this soiled an otherwise perfect day over in Charlotte. She called the Bammers obnoxious, worrisome, and pretty much what you would expect.

My family also reports that back that there were a good 4 dozen Tennessee fans at yesterday's PGA Final Round. Only we didn't have a golfer to scream at.

How far has Tiger Woods fallen in 8 years? Can you say off the cliff? Hard to believe any list like this without Woods in the top 10 a decade ago let alone not in the top 50. Link

Congrats Nicky Delmonico. Link

All of Phillies Nation stands as one today with hopes that Bryce Harper can get back to being the 24 year old MVP force that he has been. Amazing talent. Terrible scene in Washington early Sunday morning.

Final Thought: I have a brother like this young boy here. Kudos to Marcus Mariota. How can you not cheer for a guy that takes the time for kids that are like this? Link

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