Somewhere in the 2 a.m. hour after Alabama’s national championship game win over Clemson, the Associated Press dropped its final poll with Tennessee in the final Top 25 for the first time since 2007.
Also, the way-too-early Top 25s are starting to drop. ESPN’s hit first, and it has the Vols No. 11. Mark Schlabach pointed out on Scott Van Pelt’s SportsCenter last night that he has a requirement for the Top 10 that a team beat Florida, which is obviously a dig, but the Vols are still the highest rated team in the SEC East.
Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett was named to the Associated Press All-Bowl Team after recording eight tackles and a sack in Tennessee’s 45-6 win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.
Barnett joined safety Evan Berry, who had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, and left tackle Kyler Kerbyson on ESPN’s SEC All-Bowl team, which was compiled by Greg Ostendorf.
Tennessee infielder Nick Senzel was rated the No. 5 Major League Baseball draft prospect among college players by Baseball America, the publication announced Tuesday.
Senzel was named MVP of the prestigious Cape Cod League, a summer wooden bat league, in 2015 after hitting .325 with four home runs and 28 RBI last season.
Junior right-hander Kyle Serrano was named the No. 42 prospect among college players. He went 5-4 with a 4.47 ERA last season.
WHAT HAPPENED: Tennessee scored 35 consecutive points to roll to a 45-6 win over No. 12 Northwestern in front of 53,202 in the Outback Bowl in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
The Vols finish the season 9-4. Northwestern fell to 10-3.
Tennessee scored first on a 14-yard run by junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs with 14 seconds to go in the first quarter, and the Vols added a 35-yard field goal by kicker Aaron Medley early in the second quarter.
Northwestern running back Justin Jackson ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:40 to go int he second quarter, but the Wildcats missed an extra point and never scored again. Continue reading