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Butch Jones dismisses Jadeveon Clowney-Antonio Richardson storyline

Jadeveon Clowney (AP photo)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Have you heard that Tennessee lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson must avenge last year’s game against South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney?

The storyline is bogus, Vols coach Butch Jones said forcefully on Tuesday.

“Too much is made of that,” Jones said.

Here’s the storyline Jones doesn’t like: Richardson played a flawless game against Clowney in 2012, only to miss a block on the final play and thus cost Tennessee the game. Now he’s searching for redemption.

Given that there will be roughly 500 stories written about Clowney and Richardson this week, Jones was wise to weigh in.

Jones’ main objection: It’s not a one-on-one battle betweeen Richardson and Clowney. It wasn’t in 2012, and it won’t be this year.

“He’ll line up on Ja’Wuan James just as much as he does Tiny,” Jones said.

I’ll have more later tonight on GoVolsXtra and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel. 

Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Scenes from this weekend’s scrimmage and practices

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Vols have pushed back Monday’s practice until the evening. Butch Jones has said it will be one of the most critical practices of camp, as Tennessee is only days away from shifting from training camp mode to game-prep mode.

We’ll have news, notes and quotes late this evening after practice. Then check back for video and photos.

The photos below include shots from Saturday evening’s scrimmage at Neyland Stadium and the Sunday practice at Haslam Field. Click on the photo for caption information.

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SEC Media Days: Social media reaction to Tennessee’s appearance

HOOVER, Alabama — Tennessee’s afternoon at SEC Media Days is just about in the books.

You can read stories about the Vols’ appearance on GoVolsXtra and in tomorrow’s News Sentinel.

Initial impressions?

Butch Jones‘ usual stump speech didn’t change much for SEC Media Days, but that’s not a huge surprise. There’s only so many ways you can answer the same question, and unlike some coaches who cloister themselves in the summer, Jones has been in front of dozens of clubs and meetings during the last seven months.

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SEC Media Days: Tennessee players enjoying ‘best field trip ever’

HOOVER, AlabamaJacques Smith came to SEC Media Days in a loud orange blazer and flashed a big grin.

After a short flight from Knoxville to Birmingham that coach Butch Jones described as “like a family vacation,” the three players, one coach and assorted entourage are starting to go through the Media Days whirlwind.

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Who might represent Tennessee at SEC Media Days? Here are some candidates (with poll)

Ja'Wuan James, SEC Media Days

Ja’Wuan James represented the Vols at last year’s SEC Media Days.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The annual carnival known as SEC Media Days begins on July 16 at the newly renamed Hyatt Wynfrey in Hoover, Ala.

Three players from each of the 14 SEC schools will join the head coaches for the round of interviews. The SEC plans to announce the players the week before the event, although we might know Tennessee’s representatives earlier than that.

Who could represent the Vols?

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How the recruiting sites projected Tennessee’s roster: A ranking from 1 to 82

Ja'Wuan James, recruiting rankings

Ja’Wuan James is the only consensus five-star player on Tennessee’s roster. (Photo from GoVolsXtra)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — For most players who sign with a college team out of high school, their recruiting ranking is quickly forgotten. But for elite prospects, the burden or benefit of that high ranking doesn’t go away.

We reviewed the rankings for the Vols’ 82 scholarship players to see which high school prep stars were highly regarded and which ones were less acclaimed.

The numbers are from the 247Sports composite average, which aggregates the rankings of all the major recruiting services. In that sense, this is a good way to get a “consensus” ranking. Some services might have ranked players higher or lower.

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Tennessee football 2013 spring preview: Offensive line

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s first spring football season under new coach Butch Jones begins Saturday.

In the days leading up to the start of practice, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Vols as they embark on a new season.

The offensive line is the clear strength of the team in 2013. There’s plenty of time to face up to the very real worries for 2014.

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