September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey shown on the sideline against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Tennessee 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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From the Tennessean 

In time, we will find out if Butch Jones can win football games at the University of Tennessee.

For now, though, Jones is making the right moves. He’s connecting with fans. He is establishing relationships with former Vols players. Recruiting is on an uptick.

His head coaching history might be with smaller programs in lesser conferences, but Jones sees the big picture of competing in the SEC. He might not have been Tennessee’s first choice, but he’s determined to prove he was the right choice.

 

From Go Vols Xtra

The cruises and beach trips are finished. Campus is open and classes are back in session.

Tennessee football players who enjoyed too much fun and sun over the last week could face a difficult test on their first day back.

 

From Nooga.com 

It’s still early. There have been only six practices in the Butch Jones era at Tennessee, but with the team wrapping up a week away from practice for spring break, it’s a good time to look back at who has stood out early and who needs to show more in the final nine spring practices.

In total, the staff seems to be pleased with the direction the teams is heading this spring.

 

From Rant Sports 

Arian Foster rushed for 1,424 yards in 2012 for the Houston Texans and had 15 touchdowns. Foster got even more help this past week when Houston signed fullback Greg Jones. Jones is probably one of the best two fullbacks in the entire NFLand that is going to open up even bigger holes for Foster in 2013.

 

From KOAM 

Prior to the Cumberlands, Tygard coached at the University of Tennessee where he worked as the defensive quality control coach for the Volunteers from 2010-2011. He was the right hand man to defensive coordinator, Justin Wilcox, and assisted linebackers coaches, Lance Thompson and Peter Sirmon. He coached A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt, the first true freshman linebackers to ever start for the Tennessee Volunteers. Both players were chosen as first-team Freshman All-SEC selections.

 

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