1. Tennessee Football: Previewing 5 Biggest Position Battles Heading into Fall Camp

    With more than 30 newcomers and few incumbents with firm grasps on their jobs from a season ago, the Tennessee Volunteers' fall practice is going to be one big free-for-all. Position battles will ensue all over the field...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 day ago 9,108 reads 19 comments

  2. Tennessee: Best Quotes and Key Takeaways from SEC Media Days

    The annual circus of quotes and craziness known as SEC media days is over, and it came and went without much earth-shattering news from the Tennessee Volunteers...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 4 days ago 4,726 reads 11 comments

  3. Butch Jones Says QBs Will Be Strength for Tennessee, and He's Absolutely Right

    Butch Jones took the SEC media day podium Tuesday as the coach of a Tennessee football team without a clear-cut starting quarterback a season removed from finishing ranked 13th in the league in passing...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 7 days ago 9,993 reads 46 comments

  4. Re-Evaluating Tennessee's Recruiting Class After the 2014 Opening

    Thanks to Tennessee coach Butch Jones' dogged pursuit of the nation's top players, the Volunteers are prominently on the minds of many who participated in The Opening last week...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 9 days ago 12,341 reads 31 comments

  5. The Biggest Takeaways from Tennessee's Recruits' Performance at The Opening

    It would be difficult to script a much better result from The Opening for the Tennessee Volunteers, who went into the event with two commitments and had three by the time everybody left Beaverton, Oregon...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 11 days ago 13,536 reads 15 comments

  6. 5-Star Kahlil McKenzie Commitment Will Be Program-Defining Pledge for Tennessee

    Forget bricks . Tennessee added a big ol' pillar to its rebuilding project Thursday night when 5-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie committed to the Volunteers...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 12 days ago 25,792 reads 61 comments

  7. Tennessee 2014 Quarterback Fall Practice Preview: Depth Chart and Analysis

    With a horde of highly touted youngsters sprinkled throughout its offensive depth chart, Tennessee has enough talented playmakers to improve significantly in 2014. The Volunteers just have to find somebody to get them the football...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 15 days ago 5,550 reads 28 comments

  8. What Each SEC Team Needs to Do to Finish with a Better Record in 2014

    Every single SEC team has something it needs to improve on in 2014. For some, it's tweaking something small in order to take that next step toward a championship-caliber team. Others must solve myriad issues just to get back to a bowl game...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 19 days ago 28,933 reads 261 comments

  9. Recruits Tennessee Volunteers Must Land to Complete 2015 Class

    With Tennessee coach Butch Jones' orange-hot three weeks on the recruiting trail, the Volunteers don't have many open spots remaining in their 2015 class...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 21 days ago 12,835 reads 43 comments

  10. Power Ranking Tennessee Football's Positional Units for 2014

    A year ago, a Tennessee football team rife with seniors struggled to finish 5-7 , and those seniors closed their careers with a third bowl-less season. Talent gaps glared at positions all over the field...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 22 days ago 8,183 reads 40 comments

  11. 5 Reasons SEC Football Will Dominate College Football Playoff Era

    Out with the old, and in with the new. The 2014 season marks the inaugural four-team college football playoff system that will replace the BCS National Championship Game...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 25 days ago 8,272 reads 257 comments

  12. Tennessee Football: Strengths, Weaknesses and Secret Weapons

    Appreciating the rebuilding process is difficult when it's not yielding wins. Tennessee coach Butch Jones knows that, but he also understands growing pains are inevitable in 2014...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 27 days ago 12,163 reads 41 comments

  13. Tennessee Football: 'Orange Carpet Day' Success Just What Butch Jones Needed

    Until this weekend, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones quietly was compiling his second consecutive strong recruiting class. But the cycle hadn't featured any momentum-turning moments like those that highlighted last year...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 29 days ago 12,869 reads 25 comments

  14. SEC Football: Players Facing the Most Pressure in 2014

    There is no greater microscope in college football than the SEC's. So, when a player agrees to become part of a team in the conference, he accepts the scrutiny that accompanies the celebrity...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 24,760 reads 191 comments

  15. Power Ranking Tennessee's 2014 Schedule from Easiest to Toughest

    Tennessee head coach Butch Jones' "brick-by-brick" rebuilding project will hit a brick wall in 2014 in the form of one of the most difficult schedules in college football...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 12,757 reads 28 comments

  16. Re-Evaluating Tennessee's 2012 Recruiting Class

    Recruiting under former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley was never particularly rewarding, but there have been few clunker classes bigger than his final full haul in 2012...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 9,577 reads 24 comments

  17. SEC Football: 5 Best Candidates to Win 2014 Heisman Trophy

    The SEC lost so many stars, it's going to be difficult to replace them all—much less conjure up candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Johnny Manziel . Aaron Murray . Tre Mason...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 9,933 reads 60 comments

  18. Tennessee Football Recruiting: 12 Commits and Targets to Watch at The Opening

    Nike's prestigious The Opening training and competition event is rapidly approaching, and the Tennessee Volunteers have two commitments and several top prospects participating...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 10,149 reads 18 comments

  19. Quinten Dormady Commits to Tennessee: What 4-Star QB Brings to Vols

    With one Tennessee-themed tweet Monday, Texas high school quarterback Quinten Dormady sent a sigh of relief across Rocky Top...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 20,923 reads 80 comments

  20. Tennessee Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News So Far

    Every coach around the country hopes for a quiet, ho-hum offseason devoid of any bombshell news. Tennessee football coach Butch Jones hasn't gotten that, but there haven't been any disasters, either...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 7,717 reads 14 comments

  21. Tennessee Football: Analyzing Volunteers' Top Five 2015 Recruiting Targets

    Tennessee head coach Butch Jones landed one of the nation's top recruiting classes in 2014, and if he's going to repeat the feat, he'll have to close the deal on some of UT's top remaining targets...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 13,196 reads 47 comments

  22. 5 Most Likely Matchups for the 2014 SEC Championship Game

    No matter if it's instant classics like Alabama's 32-28 win over Georgia in 2012 or Auburn vanquishing Missouri in last year's barn-burner, the SEC Championship Game recently has been extremely exciting...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 9,938 reads 96 comments

  23. 5 Reasons Kahlil McKenzie Will Sign with the Tennessee Volunteers

    With needs all over the field for the Tennessee Volunteers, perhaps none is bigger in this recruiting cycle than securing an impact defensive tackle. Concord, Calif., 5-star Kahlil McKenzie certainly fits the bill...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 8,592 reads 27 comments

  24. Position-by-Position Preview of Tennessee's 2014 Roster

    The Tennessee Volunteers are going to be full of new faces in 2014, and having a roster handy those first few games may not be a bad idea...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 7,822 reads 24 comments

  25. Tennessee Football: Early Game-by-Game Prediction for the 2014 Season

    The Tennessee Volunteers face nine teams on their 2014 football schedule that played in the postseason a year ago, making head coach Butch Jones' team's slate arguably the toughest in the nation...

    Brad Shepard Written by Brad Shepard about 1 month ago 11,662 reads 61 comments