01/15/18 - (QB) - Quinten Dormady, Jr, 6-3, 222 Quarterback Quinten Dormady is leaving Tennessee after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending injury. Dormady tweeted Monday that "after weeks of reflection, I've decided to complete my degree from Tennessee and transfer for my final year of eligibility." Dormady, who is 6-foot-4 and from Boerne, Texas, started Tennessee's first five games this past season. He completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 925 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He was replaced by Jarrett Guarantano midway through the year and later underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Dormady tweeted that "I am making great progress every day with the help of my family, my friends and doctors." Dormady's decision leaves Guarantano, Will McBride and incoming freshman JT Shrout as Tennessee's scholarship quarterbacks. - AP College Football
01/08/18 - (DT) - *Kahlil McKenzie Jr., Jr, 6-3, 320 Tennessee Volunteers junior defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie is leaving for the NFL, posting his decision to enter the draft on Instagram Sunday. "I want to thank my coaches for the opportunity they gave me to attend this amazing University," McKenzie wrote. "I also want to thank my teammates for pushing me everyday, I love every last one of y'all. The memories I have with y'all make me smile and proud to have been your teammate. I have so much love in my heart for all of y'all and hope that you can have that same love for me at the next level." McKenzie, the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, was limited to seven games in 2016 due to a pectoral injury but he came back with 35 tackles and two sacks this season. McKenzie is the third Volunteer to bypass his final seasons of eligibility and declare for the draft thus far, joining running back John Kelly and defensive back Rashaan Gaulden. - The Sports Xchange
01/08/18 - (DT) - *Kahlil McKenzie Jr., Jr, 6-3, 320 Tennessee junior defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie has posted on Instagram that he's entering the NFL draft. McKenzie thanked Tennessee's fans "for embracing me through the ups and downs through these past 3 years." He added that "Knoxville will always be my second home and I will love y'all tomorrow as much as I do now and have my entire life." He also thanked his teammates and coaches. McKenzie, who is listed as 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, recorded 35 tackles and two sacks this season after a pectoral injury limited him to seven games in 2016. He's the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. McKenzie joins running back John Kelly and defensive back Rashaan Gaulden as Tennessee players bypassing their final seasons of eligibility to enter the draft. - AP College Football
01/03/18 - (CB) - *Rashaan Gaulden, rJr, 6-0, 193 Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden has tweeted that he's forgoing his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Gaulden tweeted that "it has been an honor to wear the Orange and White and represent the Power T while playing in Neyland Stadium the last four years." He thanked his coaches and teammates as well as Tennessee's fans. As a fourth-year junior this season, Gaulden had 65 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, an interception and five pass breakups. The 6-foot-1 defensive back had a year of eligibility remaining because he redshirted due to a foot injury in 2015. Gaulden joins running back John Kelly as Tennessee players entering the draft with eligibility remaining. Kelly announced his decision on social media Friday. - AP College Football
12/29/17 - (RB) - *John Kelly, Jr, 5-09, 205 Tennessee junior running back John Kelly says on his Instagram account that he is entering the NFL draft. Kelly praised Tennessee fans via Instagram saying, "I want to thank you for all of your support through all of the highs and lows." Kelly added that "I will always call Neyland Stadium home." Kelly was the top option this year for a Tennessee offense that lacked playmakers on its way to a 4-8 finish. The 5-foot-9, 205-pound junior from Detroit led the Volunteers in rushing and tied for the team lead in catches. He ran for 778 yards and nine touchdowns on 189 carries. He caught 37 passes for 299 yards. As a sophomore in 2016, Kelly rushed for 630 yards and five touchdowns on just 98 carries. - AP College Football
12/14/17 - (OG) - Trey Smith, Fr, 6-5, 320 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Trey Smith, Tennessee,...Smith is Tennessee's first offensive lineman to earn Coaches All-SEC honors since Antonio Richardson earned Second Team accolades in 2013. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was the only Tennessee offensive lineman to start all 12 games for the Vols in 2017. He had eight starts at right guard, three at left tackle and one at left guard. Smith led the Vols in pancakes and was UT's second-highest rated offensive lineman behind only senior Jashon Robertson. Smith became the first Tennessee true freshman to start at left tackle in at least 30 years. Smith made several highlight reels with his physical blocking style and showed the poise of a veteran player despite 2017 being his first year of college football. Smith's blocking helped pave the way for career-best seasons by running backs John Kelly (778 rushing yards), Ty Chandler (305 yards) and Carlin Fils-aime (215 yards). - Tennessee Football
11/22/17 - (WR) - Jauan Jennings, Jr, 6-2, 205 Tennessee has dismissed wide receiver Jauan Jennings from the team after he ripped the Volunteers' coaching staff in a profanity-laced video posted on Instagram. Vols interim head coach Brady Hoke said in a statement he made the decision "in consultation with" athletic director John Currie. "Representing the University of Tennessee football program is a privilege," Hoke said. In his video, Jennings used the words "lying," ''fake" and "snake" to describe the coaches. He said the "coaching staff (is) holding us back" and asked that Tennessee officials "bring us a coaching staff that's honest."
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) fired coach Butch Jones on Nov. 12. Hoke, who had served as a defensive line coach on Jones' staff, is Tennessee's interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Jennings, a junior from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, entered the year as Tennessee's top returning receiver . But he hadn't played since injuring his wrist in a season-opening 42-41 double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech . Jones said in mid-September that the injury would sideline Jennings for the remainder of the season. In the video, Jennings said he wanted to return for Tennessee's game Saturday with Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-7). Jennings caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns last season. - AP College Football
11/04/17 - (RB) - *John Kelly, Jr, 5-09, 205 Redemption was the name of the game for several Tennessee players as the Volunteers got a much-needed 24-10 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. John Kelly, who returned from a one-game suspension after being arrested for alleged marijuana possession, led the Vols with 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Tennessee victory is a welcome one in Rocky Top for a Vols program (4-5) that went winless during October. The game, however, was swung in the Volunteers' favor by a Vols defense that forced two turnovers in the third quarter. Emmanuel Moseley's first interception of the year quashed the first sustained drive of the night for Southern Mississippi (5-4). The return set up Kelly's 20-yard touchdown run on the next play to give the Vols a 17-3 lead. Tennessee kept the momentum in its favor on Southern Mississippi's next drive when Darrell Taylor stripped Eagles quarterback Keon Howard for a fumble recovered by Rashaan Gaulden. Taylor returned to the Volunteers' lineup last week after serving a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules. - The Sports Xchange
11/01/17 - (OT) - Brett Kendrick, rSr, 6-5, 318 Tennessee offensive tackle Brett Kendrick won't play Saturday against Southern Mississippi after leaving in the final minute of a loss at Kentucky last week. Volunteers coach Butch Jones didn't specify the nature of the injury that knocked Kendrick out of the Kentucky game and will prevent the fifth-year senior from playing this week. Jones did deny a TheReadOptional.com report that indicated Jones' staff allowed Kendrick to continue playing against Kentucky while knowing he had a concussion. "We would never ever knowingly put a student-athlete in harm's way," Jones said. "Our medical staff has full authority on removing players from competition but also in the return-to-play decisions. I have absolutely no say in those decisions." The report included video clips that appeared to show Kendrick being slow to react in certain situations. Kendrick left the game with 22 seconds left and wasn't on the field for Tennessee's final four plays from scrimmage. Jones noted that the Southeastern Conference has an independent medical observer at games to monitor those types of things. - AP College Football
10/30/17 - (OG) - Trey Smith, Fr, 6-5, 320 Calling him a "man child as a true frosh," former Jets scout Jeff Bauer wrote @ITScoutsNotes that Tennessee OG Trey Smith played with "natural power (and) great leverage" and put a defensive tackle on his back in goal line against Kentucky Saturday. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (QB) - Jarrett Guarantano, rFr, 6-3, 200 Writing at @ITLScoutsNotes, former Jets scout Jeff Bauer was bullish on Tennessee's "good young guys" in the Vols' game against Kentucky Saturday, including QB Jarrett Guarantano, running backs Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan, OG Trey Smith and PK Brent Cimaglia. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (OT) - Brett Kendrick, rSr, 6-5, 318 Though he carries mid- to late-round grades, Tennessee OT Brett Kendrick "(struggled) to sink (his) hips and anchor down" in pass protect against Kentucky, wrote former Jets scout Jeff Bauer for Inside the League at @ITLScoutsNotes. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (C) - Coleman Thomas, Sr, 6-5, 309 Tennessee OC Coleman Thomas, a senior, was "solid" with "good anchor, good hand use" in the Volunteers' loss to Kentucky, wrote former Jets scout Jeff Bauer at @ITLScoutsNotes, and figures as an undrafted free agent or late-rounder. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (CB) - Emmanuel Moseley, Sr, 5-11, 184 Impressing Inside the League's Jeff Bauer Saturday was Tennessee cornerback Emmanuel Moseley, who showed "good coverage deep on first down" and moved "well, pretty good hips (and) runs well" in the Vols' loss to Kentucky. - InsidetheLeague.com
10/30/17 - (TE) - Ethan Wolf, Sr, 6-5, 258 Though he "needs to play stronger" at 258 pounds, Tennessee TE Ethan Wolf "will get a chance in (the) NFL" due to his willingness as a blocker, according to Inside the League's Jeff Bauer, a former Jets scout. Wolf also had some "tough catches in traffic." - InsidetheLeague.com
10/28/17 - (DE) - Darrell Taylor, rSo, 6-3, 254 Tennessee defensive end Darrell Taylor will be available to play Saturday at Kentucky after being suspended for the Volunteers' last two games. Vols coach Butch Jones said in a statement that "Darrell has completed the requirements we had set for him to return to play" and that "he must continue to meet criteria we have set forth for him on a daily and weekly basis." Tennessee also announced that backup quarterback Quinten Dormady, who didn't make the trip to Kentucky , is expected to have season-ending shoulder surgery next week. Taylor started Tennessee's first five games. He has 20 tackles and one sack. Tennessee will be playing Saturday without leading rusher John Kelly and backup linebacker Will Ignont , who were suspended after receiving citations last week on misdemeanor marijuana-related charges. - AP College Football
10/25/17 - (RB) - *John Kelly, Jr, 5-09, 205 Tennessee running back John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont have received citations after police say they found marijuana in Kelly's car during a traffic stop. Knoxville police say they stopped a car that had a headlight out Tuesday at about 10:46 p.m. Police said they searched the vehicle with Kelly's consent after smelling marijuana, and that 4.6 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe were found in the console. Kelly was driving the car and Ignont was a passenger. Police said neither Kelly nor Ignont sad they owned the items in the console. Police said they decided to cite each of them since the items were in the console between Kelly and Ignont.
Kelly, the Volunteers' leading rusher and one of their top overall players, was cited for possession of Schedule VI. Tennessee law defines marijuana as a "Schedule VI" drug. He also was cited for having no proof of insurance and for his car having a non-working headlight. Ignont was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said both Kelly and Ignont were cooperative and were permitted to drive off after the traffic stop. They are scheduled to turn themselves in to the Knox County Sheriff's Office for booking Nov. 7. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Zach Stipe said that "we are aware of the incident and we are looking into it." Kelly, a junior from Detroit, has rushed for 615 yards and six touchdowns on 125 carries. He also has a team-high 26 catches for 255 yards. Kelly averages 87.9 yards rushing per game to rank fourth in the SEC. - AP College Football
10/23/17 - (OG) - Jack Jones, Jr, 6-3, 312 Tennessee offensive guard Jack Jones is ending his playing career due to neck and shoulder injuries. Volunteers coach Butch Jones, who isn't related to Jack, says that "after meeting with doctors, everyone felt it was in his best interest that he no longer play football." The coach adds that "obviously we hurt for Jack, we hurt for his great family." Jack Jones, a junior from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, started the Volunteers' first three games at left guard this year. He played a total of five games this season before missing the Volunteers' last two contests. Jones had made nine career starts over the last three years. Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) plays at Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday. - AP College Football
10/16/17 - (RB) - *John Kelly, Jr, 5-09, 205 RB John Kelly trails only Georgia's Nick Chubb for the SEC's rushing lead. Despite 552 yards on the year, the junior has failed to break the 100-yard mark in consecutive weeks with 44 and 58 yards against Georgia and South Carolina, respectively. He needs 46 yards against Alabama to reach 1,393 career rushing yards and leapfrog Mike Gayles, Jimmy Streater and Chuck Webb for 30th on Tennessee's all-time rushing chart.
10/16/17 - (SS) - Evan Berry, Sr, 5-11, 205 KR Evan Berry is back at practice this week. The speedy return man has been sidelined since Tennessee's season-opener versus Georgia Tech, in which he returned a pair of kicks for 86 yards. The senior led the SEC in return yardage in 2015 with 804 and three touchdowns. While Butch Jones said he was encouraged about Berry's return to practice, there is still uncertainty whether or not Berry will suit up against Alabama.
10/16/17 - (DE) - Darrell Taylor, rSo, 6-3, 254 DE Darrell Taylor remains suspended indefinitely and will miss his second straight contest. Butch Jones listed "multiple factors" leading up to the starter's suspension and that the sophomore is working on making his way back to the team. Taylor has 20 tackles, two of them for a loss, and a sack on the year.
10/14/17 - (QB) - Jarrett Guarantano, rFr, 6-3, 200 South Carolina scored nine second-half points and the defense came up with three stops inside the 2-yard line in the final 10 seconds as the Gamecocks held on for a 15-9 win over the Volunteers on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano, making the first start of his career, drove the Volunteers to the shadow of the goal line and had three chances to punch the ball in, but came up short. South Carolina kicker Parker White connected on the go-ahead field goal from 21 yards with 5:17 left to give South Carolina a 12-9 lead. It was his second field goal of the game and atoned for a South Carolina's special team gaffe on an extra-point attempt in the third quarter.
White was good from 36 yards out with 1:13 left to force Guarantano to drive the Volunteers 75 yards with no time outs for a touchdown for the win. Guarantano connected on a pass to Brandon Edward Johnson to put the Volunteers on the Gamecocks' 21 yard line with 41 seconds left. A nine-yard strike to Marquez Callaway put the ball on the South Carolina 5-yard line with 22 seconds remaining. Pass interference gave Guarantano three chances from the 2-yard line with nine ticks left on the clock. Three straight incomplete passes later and the Gamecocks walked away a winner. Tennessee was coming off its worst loss ever at Neyland Stadium after being shutout 41-0 by Georgia two weeks ago. - The Sports Xchange
10/09/17 - (DE) - Darrell Taylor, rSo, 6-3, 254 Tennessee has suspended starting defensive end Darrell Taylor indefinitely, the latest adversity for a team that has dropped its first two Southeastern Conference games and is coming off its most lopsided home loss since 1905. Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday that "multiple factors" had led to Taylor's suspension without going into specifics. "There has been no timetable set on his return," Jones said. "He'll have certain stipulations and requirements that must be met."
Taylor already had been expected to miss the first half of Tennessee's game with South Carolina (4-2, 2-2 SEC) on Saturday because he'd received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for fighting in the second half of the Vols' 41-0 loss to No. 4 Georgia on Sept. 30. Now Taylor won't play at all against the Gamecocks. This disciplinary move leaves Tennessee (3-2, 0-2) without one of its top defensive linemen. Taylor had started each of Tennessee's first five games. The sophomore from Waverly, Virginia, has 20 overall tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack this season. He also had forced and recovered a fumble. - AP College Football
09/28/17 - (OG) - Jashon Robertson, Sr, 6-3, 300 C Jashon Robertson is expected back this week after missing the Massachusetts game with concussion-like symptoms. The Minutemen game marked the first missed start of the senior's career, having previously starting the first 38 contests since arriving in Knoxville.
09/28/17 - (DT) - Shy Tuttle, Jr, 6-2, 308 DT Shy Tuttle is dealing with an orbital bone injury that caused the junior to miss Tennessee's Week 4 tilt against Massachusetts. Butch Jones refuted reports this week that the injury was caused by a teammate, insisting, instead that Tuttle fell on a helmet.