The Tennessee Volunteers have had some trouble establishing themselves over the past few years and have struggled to emerge as a top team in the Southeastern Conference, but that has done absolutely nothing to take away from the team’s confidence. Early in to spring ball, the team is already believing that they have an offensive line that can compete with the best of them.
In fact, they believe they can be elite.
University of Texas head coach Mack Brown, who was born and raised in Cookeville, Tenn., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Neyland Trophy, presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club. The Neyland Trophy is awarded annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics.
Former UT players Ben Bartholomew and Zach Rogers have played their entire careers in the state of Tennessee.
Could that trend continue in the pros?
Rogers and Bartholomew, both considered late-round NFL draft possibilities, both visited with the Tennessee Titans on Monday. NFL teams are allowed to host up to 30 draft-eligible prospects, but can also bring in an unlimited number of local prospects for pre-draft visits.
Even though he was 7 feet tall, Tom Boerwinkle never thought he’d play college basketball. The NBA? A pipe dream.
Yet Mr. Boerwinkle did both and did them well.
Likely the biggest man ever to wear a Tennessee basketball uniform, Mr. Boerwinkle died Tuesday in Illinois at 67 after a lengthy bout with MDS, a form of leukemia.
Jay Graham talked for the first time about leaving his alma mater, Tennessee, for the running backs job at Florida State.
Graham said, “The biggest thing, every time the conversation comes up about the best programs in the country, Florida State is always in that conversation. It’s a great university with a great football tradition. The opportunity came along and it was a special opportunity.”
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