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No. 21 Tennessee Defeats South Carolina 70-63

The Vols get a big win on the road.

Tennessee (13-5, 4-3) picked up a big conference road win on Saturday, defeating South Carolina (12-7, 3-4) 70-63.

The Vols were powered by a huge offensive night from Lamonte Turner, who scored a game-high 25 points. Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield also scored in double figures with 14 and 12, respectively.

The most surprising performance of the night, though, came from freshman forward Derrick Walker, who scored 10 points and added four rebounds which all seemed to come in big moments.

After trading baskets in the opening minutes, Tennessee used a 7-0 run to take a 16-7 lead early in the game.

Tennessee extended its lead to nine several times in the first half, but South Carolina continually answered to keep the deficit in single-digits. The Gamecocks got within one point late in the first half, but Tennessee took a 33-30 lead into halftime.

The second half began with much of the same. The Vols did just enough to remain in front when South Carolina looked like it was going to take over on its home floor. But with the game tied 59-59 and just over four minutes to play, Tennessee went on a huge 5-0 run to retake the lead for good.

Tennessee won the game on the offensive end of the floor, shooting 57.5% from the field to South Carolina’s 36.7%. The Vols also made 19 of 24 free throw attempts, a stat which is always critical on the road.

Tennessee finally showed an ability to close out a game on the road, something which has eluded it for the past two years.

The Volunteers return home Tuesday night to face in-state rival Vanderbilt for the second time this season.



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College Football: Tennessee named 2017’s biggest underachiever

Thanks, Butch.

In a conclusion that will shock literally nobody reading this, the Tennessee Volunteers were named the biggest underachievers of 2017 by SBNation. Butch Jones was tasked with replacing Josh Dobbs, Alvin Kamara, Derek Barnett, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cameron Sutton and Josh Malone.

It did not go well.

The bottom fell out. Tennessee never found a quarterback or a consistent pass rusher. For the first time ever, the Vols ended up winless in SEC play. Butch Jones was fired after a blowout loss to Missouri.

So our friends at the mothership (SBNation.com) put this piece together, which ranked the underachievers and overachievers of college football. They took recruiting rankings from the past four years and put them up against final records.

The result placed Tennessee as the biggest underachiever of 2017. Here’s the quote.

1. Tennessee (8th in recruiting, 107th in S&P+, 4-8). The Vols were terrible and fired Butch Jones with two games left in the season, despite Jones signing national championship-caliber talent. It takes something special to be as bad as Tennessee was after spending almost half a decade recruiting with the big dogs.

This paints a pretty ugly picture for Butch Jones and his staff. Between some development issues, injuries and departures, we never really saw the payoff of those top classes. 2015 and 2016 was pretty clearly the window, but Tennessee dropped too many close games to win big.

2017 was a different story. Butch’s window closed when all of those key players left. Quarterback issues really handicapped them, but they just didn’t have enough talent in the trenches to truly compete with top teams. Guys like Kahlil McKenzie, Jonathan Kongbo and Quinten Dormady just never took that next step. The injuries didn’t help either.

The talent well in Knoxville isn’t totally dry for 2018, but there are some key needs left to fill. It will be interesting to see what a new staff can accomplish in year one with guys like Jauan Jennings, Marquez Callaway, Ty Chandler, Nigel Warrior, Daniel Bituli among others set to return.



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College Basketball: Tennessee vs. South Carolina preview, gameday information

Another big moment for this Tennessee team.

The Tennessee Volunteers are all set for another road test today in the form of the South Carolina Gamecocks (12-6). A shocking final four team from a year ago, Frank Martin’s Gamecocks have taken a step back this season, replacing plenty of talent from last year’s team.

Tennessee will look to rebound from a tough game against Missouri on Wednesday night. The loss dropped the Volunteers to 3-3 in the conference and 12-5 overall, snapping a three game winning streak in the process. It was a night where Tennessee got virtually nothing from the guards, which can’t happen if this team wants to make a run come March.

Simply put, Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden are going to have to be more consistent. The two of them combined for just three points against Missouri, shooting 1-13 from the field. With teams obviously keying on Grant Williams, the Vols are going to have to have more help from the backcourt.

Tennessee has another chance to find consistency today in Columbia, South Carolina.

For the Gamecocks, forward Chris Silva leads the team in scoring, averaging over 14 points per game. The 6-9 junior also leads South Carolina in rebounding, grabbing nearly eight boards per contest. Maik Kotsar adds some beef to the frontcourt, checking in at 6-10, 260 pounds. With Silva and Kotsar anchoring, South Carolina ranks 57th in the nation in rebounding.

The outside attack for the Gamecocks is led by Frank Booker, who is shooting 39 percent from long range so far this year. Booker averages over 11 points per game. He’s a volume shooter, so look for plenty of outside attempts from No. 5.

South Carolina hangs their hat on the defensive end, ranking 36th in the country in points allowed to this point. They rank 15th in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.

The Gamecocks don’t have the size depth that Missouri did, but they play in a very similar way. As noted above, the guards are going to have to produce. Hopefully, we can just throw out what we saw on Wednesday night. Odds are, you’re not going to see a combined three points from Bone and Bowden again this year.


Gameday Information

Tip-off: 6 PM eastern

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Vol Network

Streaming: Watch ESPN

Odds: Tennessee -3.5



Tennessee Recruiting: Vols pick up commitment from out-of-nowhere four star receiver Jordan Young

He put up huge numbers during his senior year.

You probably hadn’t heard of this guy until a couple days ago. A search through the recruiting databases wouldn’t have turned up much information. You would have found no stars by his name and offers from small schools like Coastal Carolina, Valdosta State and West Virginia State.

That all changed when Tennessee unearthed this hidden gem. The Vols sent out an offer this week and suddenly Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State and others were playing catch up. All of the sudden, he’s listed as a four star recruit on 247 Sports’ database — checking in inside of their new top 200.

The player is Jordan Young, a receiver out of Conyers, Georgia. The 6-2, 185 pound receiver put up massive numbers in his final year of high school football, catching 66 passes for 1,562 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Young didn’t give any other power five school a chance to sway him. He’s sticking with the Vols, the first and only power five team to offer him.

Tennessee returns receivers Marquez Callaway, Brandon Johnson — and potentially (probably) Jauan Jennings as upperclassmen. But they’ll also have Josh Palmer, Jordan Murphy, Latrell Williams, Jacquez Jones returning as sophomores. Alontae Taylor will also be in the mix as a true freshman.

Here’s more of Young’s backstory, along with some highlights from his senior season.

According to 247, Young ranks as the 4th highest player in Tennessee’s 2018 class, just behind JJ Peterson, Alontae Taylor and Greg Emerson.



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From zero stars to four, Tennessee just unearthed a hidden gem in receiver Jordan Young

Fascinating story here.

Scrolling through Twitter yesterday, a tweet came across about Jordan Young receiving an offer from Tennessee. Curious, I fired up every recruiting database available to me, but I found virtually nothing.

I found no stars by his name and a few offers from small schools like Coastal Carolina, Valdosta State and West Virginia State. Then I saw Tennessee under all of those schools.

One of these things is not like the other.

What gives? I went to SBNation’s recruiting guru Bud Elliott and he had me covered. Elliott talked to head coach about Young, and he was baffled.

“He came out of nowhere,” an FBS coach said. “This just doesn’t happen. He is a f***ing freak and I can’t believe we didn’t know about him. At least he’s going to go big time and not to a competitor.”

The 6-2, 185 pound receiver put up massive numbers in his final year of high school football, catching 66 passes for 1,562 yards and 17 touchdowns. That’s a remarkable improvement from his junior year, where he caught 23 balls for 276 yards. Apparently, the light just came on for Young.

The light just came on for the rest of the college football world, too. 247 Sports rewarded Young with a four star ranking, placing him inside their top 200 prospects.

Elliott points out that some smaller schools thought they had a shot at landing Young because of his academic standing.

Other coaches expressed that they thought they had a shot because they weren’t sure what track his academic profile would take. Schools at lower levels can accept partial qualifiers. But an FBS coach told me that Young is “totally fine, good to go,” and said that he had an impressive test score. That killed the hopes of smaller schools and opened doors for Young.

News travels fast in this world. Since the offer from Tennessee went out, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Illinois and Virginia have all reached out to do their homework. Jeremy Pruitt and company are hoping that Young with give Tennessee the nod after being the first power five school to offer him.

As a friend of mine pointed out to me, it’s worth noting that David Johnson was hired on Saturday. Maybe Johnson got wind of Young before anyone else. If so, that hire is about to pay immediate dividends.

Here’s a little taste of what Young brings to the table.



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Report: Montario Hardesty to join Pruitt’s staff at Tennessee

The former Vol standout is set to return home

While Jeremy Pruitt’s on the field staff was finalized last week with the hire of former Memphis wide receiver coach David Johnson, it’s appears Pruitt has made another hire-this time with a familiar face in Knoxville.

Former Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty, who spent the 2017 season on Lane Kiffin’s staff at Florida Atlantic, is set to join Jeremy Pruitt’s staff as a quality control coach on offense at his alma mater, according to a report from 247 Sports.

Hardesty came to Tennessee in 2005, but spent most of his career dealing with injuries before finally having his breakout out season under Kiffin in 2009. That season, he rushed for 1,647 yards and 14 touchdowns in a 7-6 campaign.

Hardesty was picked up by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but again struggled with injuries at the professional level, leaving the league officially after the 2013 season.

Hardesty got his start in coaching at Norfolk State, joining that staff in 2015 as a special teams coordinator. He spent two seasons there before heading to Boca Raton to coach under Kiffin.



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Tennessee Football: Jauan Jennings says he’s coming back on Instagram

Jennings says he’s coming back for one more season.

What a wild couple of months it’s been for Jauan Jennings. After a junior season that was lost due to a wrist injury, Jennings was booted off the team by interim head coach Brady Hoke and former athletics director John Currie.

The dismissal followed an Instagram live video which was posted from Jennings’ account, ranting about the previous coaching staff, among other things. Jennings reportedly had been a less-than-stellar teammate during his injury.

With a new staff and AD in place, the door was left open for Jennings to return to the team. Per this post from his Instagram, it appears that Jennings was able to seize that opportunity.

Obviously nothing has been officially announced yet, but I think we can count Jauan as a member of this football team going forward.

One thing is for sure. Jennings is going to be on thin ice with this staff, even if half the reports about his antics were true. However, he’s a guy that this team could really use on the field. Outside of a few bright spots from Marquez Callaway and Brandon Johnson, Tennessee failed to find a consistent playmaker at receiver last year. Part of that was obviously the quarterback play, but nobody was able to step up for Jarrett Guarantano, Quinten Dormady or Will McBride.

With a new staff in place, it’s exciting to think about the potential of Jennings paired with Callaway — who was criminally under-used last season.

Jennings will look to build off of a breakout sophomore campaign where he caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-3 senior will be a massive upgrade for whoever ends up under center for Tennessee in 2018.



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Five star cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart ‘still on’ to visit Tennessee

He’s probably the most talented player left on Tennessee’s board.

The number one area of need for the Tennessee Volunteers remains at cornerback. Jeremy Pruitt will have to replace four contributors (three starters) as he transforms this defensive roster.

The Vols are in a fight for a couple of California kids, likely selling the fact that they would be able to play right away. Isaac Taylor-Stuart is one of them. He’s a five star cornerback out of San Diego. His blend of length (6-2) and speed has drawn offers from just about the entire college football landscape.

USC has been the front-runner for Taylor-Stuart, but a few SEC schools are making things difficult on the Trojans. Florida offered him this week. Georgia, Alabama and Texas A&M are also in the mix.

Tennessee is hanging tight, too. Taylor-Stuart announced on Twitter yesterday that he would still be visiting the Vols on February 2nd.

He followed that by saying he’s “highly, highly interested.”

The big time cornerback prospect has shuffled his schedule around because of his trip to the Polynesian Bowl this weekend. Taylor-Stuart still plans on visiting Alabama and Georgia before finishing with Tennessee.

That means the Vols will be the last school he sees, giving Pruitt and his staff a chance to close before signing day.



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Tennessee Recruiting: Vols offer 2018 Oklahoma commit

An interesting athlete.

Most of Tennessee’s offers these days are going out to 2019 and 2020 kids. Jeremy Pruitt and his staff are getting set to take the next recruiting cycles by storm, but they’re far from finished with the 2018 class. They’ve made another to a 2018 recruit this week.

It’s Treveon Johnson, an athlete out of Texas. Johnson is currently committed to the Oklahoma Sooners. He tweeted out the offer yesterday.

The wording of the tweet is interesting. “Truly fortunate to receive an offer to play both WR and DB at the University of Tennessee,” Johnson said.

At 6-1, 179 pounds, Johnson has the size to play either position. We’ve seen Tennessee target long corners that can play physical at the line of scrimmage, so he certainly fits that bill.

Johnson is a three star prospect, according to 247 Sports.

He committed to Oklahoma in the summer of 2017, but didn’t sign during the early signing period. Johnson will visit Arkansas this weekend, so things seem to be somewhat open here. Can Tennessee make enough progress to land a visit before national signing day?



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