Monthly Archives: December 2014

Barnett, Maggitt, Sutton named to Phil Steele’s All-SEC teams

Phil Steele released his All-American and all-conference teams Friday, and his teams go three deep. He named Tennessee freshman defensive end Derek Barnett second-team All-SEC. He also named defensive end/linebacker Curt Maggitt and cornerback Cameron Sutton third-team All-SEC picks.

Barnett and guard Jashon Robertson were also named first-team freshman All-Americans. 

Jones transcript

Still working on a lot from today, but here’s the transcript from Butch Jones today.

(Opening Statement)
“First of all, starting off, would like to welcome Alvin Kamara to our football family. Very excited about his signing yesterday, so very excited about that. The other thing that I am extremely, extremely pleased with that I think warrants a lot of conversation, our academics. Our academics came out, we had 46 individuals on our football team with a 3.0 or above, 55 VolScholars and our overall team GPA was a 2.75, which is the highest in the history of Tennessee football, the highest had been a 2.37 before that. Very, very proud of our players and the effort that they put into the classroom. You talk about, it starts with academics first and foremost, they were able to do that. We will have 18 college graduates that go to the bowl trip to Jacksonville, so again, we talk about getting a degree from the University of Tennessee, a very proud of them. We have taken our GPA from when we came here, from the low twos to the high twos. You look at the APR, we were at 930 prior and we have had 1000 and 972. So there is a lot of hard work that goes into it, it starts with our student-athletes but it is also Dr. Joe Scogin and the entire Thornton Center, they have done a tremendous job, also the parents of our players should be very, very proud. So you talk about winning in the classroom, they won in the classroom. I think that merits a lot of conversation for that. Continue reading

Hendrix tells local paper he “just wasn’t happy”

Originally saw this linked by the 247 guys. Dewayne Hendrix, a freshman defensive end who decided to transfer this week, told his local paper, the Belleville News-Democrat, that he “just wasn’t happy” at Tennessee. 

His full quote follows.

“I just wasn’t happy,” Hendrix said Tuesday. “I was happy with my playing time, I just didn’t like it here. Just my relationship with the coaches and how they talk to people. It just kept getting worse as the season went on.”

Croom out for bowl game with knee injury

Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni said after practice Tuesday that sophomore wide receiver Jason Croom will miss the TaxSlayer Bowl thanks to a knee injury suffered on Sunday.

Croom caught 21 passes this season for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Azzanni said freshman Vic Wharton and redshirt freshman Ryan Jenkins will get additional time in his stead.


Barnett, Robertson named Freshman All-Americans

Didn’t see this earlier, but Tennessee freshman defensive end Derek Barnett and right guard Jashon Robertson were named Freshman All-American’s by the staff at

Barnett finished second in the SEC with 20.5 tackles for loss and fourth with 10 sacks. Robertson moved from defensive line to offensive line in fall camp and started every game at right guard.

Jones: Scott looking to transfer

Derrell Scott spent most of his freshman year at Tennessee waiting for a chance to make an impact.
If that opportunity comes for Scott, it apparently won’t be in Knoxville.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Friday on the radio show Sports Talk on WNML in Knoxville that Scott “is probably going to look to enroll somewhere else, at another institution.”
Scott was hampered by injuries much of the season, battling through a foot injury throughout preseason camp and September, then breaking his thumb and practicing with a cast throughout the last month of the season. He was stuck behind freshman Jalen Hurd and senior Marlin Lane on the tailback depth chart and appeared in just two games. He rushed nine times for 42 yards against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Chattanooga on Oct. 11, but was held to -2 yards on two carries against Ole Miss the following week. Thanks to the hand injury, but also the play of Hurd and Lane, Scott didn’t play again. Continue reading

Barnett, Kelly, Robertson named to SEC All-Freshman team

Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett, safety Todd Kelly Jr. and guard Jashon Robertson were all named to the SEC’s All-Freshman Team on Thursday.

The Vols, who boasted a top-10 recruiting class in 2014 and had to play 23 true freshmen this season, had the second-most All-Freshman honorees behind Louisiana State with four.
Barnett was named second-team All-SEC by both the Associated Press and the conference’s coaches earlier this week. He finished second in the conference in tackles for loss with 20.5 and fourth in sacks with 10. He led all true freshmen in the SEC in tackles with 69.

Kelly recorded three interceptions and had 30 tackles, playing in all 12 games this season. Robertson started all 12 games at right guard and was the only Tennessee offensive lineman to play every game at the same spot.

Freshman running back Jalen Hurd was left off the All-SEC Freshman team even though he rushed for 777 yards and three touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 217 yards and two scores. He was competing for recognition at a loaded position in the conference. Georgia freshman tailback Nick Chubb was named the conference’s freshman of the year, rushing for 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns. LSU’s Leonard Fournette was the other SEC All-Freshman tailback, rushing for 891 yards and eight touchdowns.

Stories about money

News of the the day on Wednesday mostly involved money. Tennessee formally release Butch Jones’s newly signed contract addendum, which will pay him $3.6 million through 2020.

You can read that here. The only real change you don’t already know about is the fact that it re-starts the buy-out schedule. The buyout for Tennessee to leave peaks at the same figure it did in the previous contract —  $4 million  — but that buyout was only in effect until Feb. 28 of this year and had gone down to $3 million. It’s back up to $4 million now until March 1, 2016.

Also, USA Today released its assistant coaches salary database. Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and defensive coordinator John Jancek are both tied at 77th among all assistants in compensation at $480,000 per year. Tennessee’s staff as a whole makes $3,265,000, which puts them 15th as a staff. That number is expected to go up this year. Part of the salary agreement between Jones and Hart was for an increased pool for assistants. That figure has not been released and is not in the contract addendum.

In the interest of full, if late, disclosure: My All-SEC ballot

Should’ve put this out yesterday after the Associated Press’s All-SEC team came out, but still think it’s necessary with the coaches team out today. I was asked to vote for the AP’s All-SEC team. A few words about this before I get to the ballot itself. First, the ballot only asked us to name a first team, and those who counted the votes derived a second team from our first team ballot. It could be argued that this is an unwise way of operating such a vote. There was significant outrage at the fact that Cam Sutton was apparently not even mentioned, but it should be noted that there was not an opportunity to vote him on the second team. I personally did not vote for Sutton as a first teamer, but I would have voted for him on my second-team if the option had been available.

Also, any arguments that suggest that my offensive line is off, will be met with agreement. The ballot follows.


WR_Amari Cooper, Alabama

WR_Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

OL_Austin Shepherd, Alabama

OL_Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

OLL__Arie Kouandjio, Alabama

OL_Greg Pyke, Georgia

C_David Andrews, Georgia

TE_Evan Engram, Ole Miss

QB__Dak Prescott Mississippi State

RB_Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn

RB__Nick Chubb, Georgia

PK__Marshall Morgan, Georgia

All-Purpose_Marcus Murphy, Missouri


DE_Shane Ray, Missouri

DE_Derek Barnett, Tennessee

DT_Johnathan Allen, Alabama

DT_Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

LB_Reggie Ragland, Alabama

LB_Amarlo Herrera, Georgia

LB_Kwon Alexander, LSU

CB_Senquez Golson, Ole Miss

CB_Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

S__Landon Collins, Alabama

S__Ronald Martin, LSU

P__J.K. Scott, Alabama

Offensive Player of the Year Amari Cooper, Alabama

Defensive Player of the Year: Shane Ray, Missouri

Coach of the Year: Dan Mullen, Mississippi State

Freshman of the Year: Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Barnett named second-team All-SEC

Tennessee freshman defensive end Derek Barnett was named second-team All-SEC by the conference’s coaches, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Barnett finished second in the conference with 20.5 tackles for loss and tied for fourth with 10 sacks.

Junior linebacker/defensive end Curt Maggitt joined Barnett on the Associated Press’s All-SEC team, but was not a part of the coaches team.

The full roster is here.