Monthly Archives: August 2015

Senzel named Perfect Game’s Summer Collegiate Player of the Year

Tennessee second baseman Nick Senzel was named the Cape Cod League’s Player of the Year earlier this month, The Cape Cod League is considered the top collegiate summer baseball league in the country, so by extension, Senzel was named Perfect Game’s Summer Collegiate Player of the Year on Tuesday. 

Senzel hit .364 over the summer with 56 hits, 16 doubles, 34 runs scored, four home runs and 33 RBI. The hits, doubles, runs, and RBI numbers all led the league.

Depth chart impressions based on open practice

Tennessee’s open practice on Saturday night didn’t provide much opportunity for real analysis. The 11-on-11 drills were minimal, and there are still a number of players missing. However, they did give some at least some impression of how the coaching staff views its depth chart at the moment. Position-by-position, here’s a look at the teams the Vols trotted out on Saturday night

Quarterback

First Team: Josh Dobbs

Second Team: Quinten Dormady

Third Team: Sheriron Jones

Comments: Obviously, not a lot of mystery left at this position. It was always Dobbs’ job, and the backup competition hasn’t been as dramatic as expected thanks to Dormady, who looks much more experienced as a college quarterback than he actually his. His throws are sharp and he’s shown aptitude for and command of the offense.

Running Back

First Team: Alvin Kamara

Second Team: Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph Young, John Kelly

Comments: Jalen Hurd was present but limited for precautionary reasons. Young showed speed, breaking open a touchdown run on a third-down drill. Abernathy will likely most be used as a third-down, change-of-pace back when he is used, but the Vols clearly view his experience as valuable. Kamara and Hurd will obviously get the bulk of the work.

Wide Receiver

First team: Von Pearson, Jauan Jennings, Josh Smith, Johnathon Johnson

Second Team:josh Smith, Josh Malone, Vincent Perry

Comments: The Vols had to juggle with Pig Howard, Marquez North and Jason Croom all out with injuries. North and Howard will likely both be starters. However, it says a lot for Jennings to be running with the ones just two weeks into his career as a wide receiver. Pearson appears to have shaken the rust off quickly. Even though Malone was practicing with the second team, Jones made a point to see he has been more consistent this year. It’s hard to tell how much of a role Perry will have this year, but he’s clearly a playmaker who fits the position well.

Tight End

First Team: Ethan Wolf

Second Team: Alex Ellis, Jakob Johnson

Comments: Getting Wolf back clearly helped the offensive continuity, but Ellis isn’t much of a dropoff as a pass catcher or a blocker. Johnson appears to be picking up the position quickly. It’s unlikely he’ll catch many passes this season, but he got one Saturday night.

Offensive Line

First Team: LT: Kyler Kerbyson. LG: Charles Mosley. C: Mack Crowder. RG: Dylan Wiesman. RT: Coleman Thomas.

Second Team: LT Chance Hall. LG: Austin Sanders. C: Ray Raulerson. RG: Venzell Boulware. RT: Drew Richmond.

Comments: This group is obviously incomplete as well. Sophomore right guard Jashon Robertson is still out with an ankle sprain. Freshman Jack Jones was held out, and sophomore Brett Kendrick was limited. Still, the fact that Mosley played first team says that the Vols are happy with what they’re getting from him. It’s worrisome for the Vols that Thomas is ahead of Richmond (Derek Barnett blew by Thomas twice in pass rush drills), but Butch Jones said he saw good things out of Richmond on Saturday night.

Defensive Line

First Team: DE: Derek Barnett. DE: Curt Maggitt/Corey Vereen. DT: Danny O’Brien, Kendall Vickers

Second Team: DE, Dimarya Mixon, Kyle Phillips. DT: Kahlil McKenzie, Shy Tuttle. Quay Picou Charles Folger, Paul Bain

Comments: Jones and the coaching staff apparently don’t want McKenzie and Tuttle getting their heads too big. They didn’t work with the first team on Wednesday either during a period that was open to the media. O’Brien, Vickers and Owen WIlliams have been solid when they’ve played, but McKenzie is obviously the most explosive tackle the Vols have. He knocked at least one offensive lineman on his backside during pass rush drills.

Linebacker

First team: MLB Kenny Bynum. WLB: Jalen Reeves-Maybin. SLB: Curt Maggitt.

Second Team: MLB: Darrin Kirkland, Colton Jumper. WLB: Elliott Berry, Austin Smith, Quart’e Sapp.

Comments: Reeves-Maybin and Maggitt obviously have their spots solidified, but Bynum appears closer to winning the middle linebacker job. His weight loss has allowed him to move much quicker, and the Vols like his intellect. Colton Jumper has apparently impressed the coaching staff as well, as he got the bulk of the second-team reps. Also Austin Smith and Quart’e Sapp are maiking a push to play immediately. Cortez McDowell and Dillon Bates were both out with injuries.

Secondary

First Team; CB: Cameron Sutton, Emmanuel Moseley. NB: Rashaan Gaulden. S: Brian Randolph, LaDarrell McNeil

Second Team: CB: Malik Foreman, MaLeik Gatweood. NB: Micah Abernathy. S: Todd Kelly Jr., Evan Berry.

Comments: This group was relatively depleted as well with newcomers Justin Martin and Darrell Miller out. The secondary mostly played well, though. and Emmanuel Moseley was especially impressive in one-on-one coverage.

 

Butch Jones transcript

From UT media relations, Jones transcript from Saturday’s press availability.

(Opening Statement)
“Every day in training camp, obviously, is of the utmost importance. Today, I was really anxious to see our maturity as a football team. Obviously, yesterday wasn’t up to our standards and our expectations. I wanted to see our players’ approach. Everything in training camp is about your daily approach. Everything we talk about is about embracing it, and a lot of times when you go through training camp you either endure it or you embrace it. It’s a long process and I wanted to see how we would come out and compete. Continue reading

Jones press conference transcript

From UT sports info:

Opening Statement
“It’s really good to see everyone. I hope you had a great summer. Obviously, we are very excited to get things started. There are a few announcements that I would like to make.

“First of all, I would like to welcome Ryan Robinson, our Senior Associate AD for Communications, to our family. I had the opportunity to meet with him, and he is a great, great addition to our athletic department. We are also very fortunate to have Jason Yellin. Jason does a great job, and he is a great resource to me. I am very proud of Antone Davis. He will be elected to the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Antone, and then, Eric Berry. He is another great story of resiliency and perseverance. That is what being a Vol For Life is all about. We are very excited about him. He is a tremendous story about how you meet adversity head on. Everything is about your temperament and disposition. He is a great illustration for all of us for when we suffer adversity.

“In terms of our football team, we are very excited to get started. Our first three practices will be in the evening because we have to win in the classroom first and foremost. There are a couple of days left in summer school, so we don’t want to interfere with that. We want to make sure we can practice in the evening. It kind of cut short things in preparation of training camp. We have a relatively short training camp, with school starting early this year, so we have to make every day count. Continue reading

Jones updates on Pearson, Mosley, others

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said at his season-opening press conference Monday that senior wide receiver Von Pearson’s suspension is both a school and football suspension and reiterated that redshirt freshman lineman Charles Mosley’s discipline will be handled “internally.”
Pearson has been suspended indefinitely from team activities since he was named a suspect in a rape investigation in April. He has not been charged.
Mosley was arrested in July for DUI and speeding. He has a hearing scheduled for Oct. 15.
Jones also said that freshman wide receiver Preston Williams will be held out of practice until questions about his eligibility are solved. He reportedly has to re-take a standardized test.
Jones said defensive ends LaTroy Lewis and Andrew Butcher and defensive back Max Arnold will be out for the start of practice with injuries. He said he expects them to be healthy by the Sept. 5 opener against Bowling Green at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Jones said freshman Jauan Jennings, recruited as a quarterback, will begin spring practice at wide receiver. He said junior Malik Foreman will begin practice at cornerback, but that the Vols will consider moving him to wide receiver.