Sep 22, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers marching band performs on the field prior to the game against the Akron Zips at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee defeated Akron 47-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Tennessee Volunteers News 4/6


From SB Nation 

It didn’t take long for Butch Jones to go to work on his first full recruiting class as head football coach of the University of Tennessee. The Volunteers already have seven verbal commitments, including two from three national prospects. The Volunteers are trying to keep Tennessee talent in-state, and target top recruits from throughout the Southeast as well. 2014 should be a huge class for Tennessee both in number and importance.


From the Times Free Press

The green light will be on at Neyland Stadium today.

Tennessee’s defensive coaches hope to see some players go, too.

The Volunteers will scrimmage for the second time this spring, and eight practices in, the coaches are looking to see some players make moves, create separation and show more consistency.


From Go Vols Xtra

James Ennis of Long Beach State scored 13 points, and Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder hit four free throws in the closing seconds to give the East team an 87-81 victory over the West in the college all-star game at the Final Four.


From the Chattanoogan

When Butch Jones came to Tennessee from Cincinnati, the majority of his Bearcat coaching staff came with him.

The ‘new additions’ to Jones’ staff in Zach Azzanni, Willie Martinez and Tommy Thigpen all had past connections to the head coach.

The newest addition to the Vol staff, Robert Gillespie, has never coached alongside Jones before, but is glad that he is getting the chance now.


From Bleacher Report 

Whether it is Matt Rhule at Temple, P.J. Fleck at Western Michigan, Butch Jones at Tennessee or Sonny Dykes at Cal, energy is the name of the game. They are trying to generate player energy and intensity as well as some fan enthusiasm.


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