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

Today On Rocky Top: Tennessee Volunteers News 5/10

From Go Vols Xtra

The departure of cornerback Daniel Gray, who briefly broke into Tennessee’s starting lineup as a true freshman in 2012, could aggravate the Vols’ lack of depth in the secondary.

“Daniel Gray is going to try to find an institution closer to home, and we wish him well,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Thursday.



Mizzou advances to the semifinals of its first SEC tournament, set to be played at 2:30 p.m. CT on Friday, May 10, against No. 2 Tennessee.



Tennessee heads to Arkansas this weekend, still holding out hope to make the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala. If they make it, you can bet the Vols only senior pitcher, Zack Godley, will have something to do with it.

The big right-hander has emerged as a workhorse ace, sitting near the top of the SEC leader board in innings pitched and strikeouts. However, during his early days at Tennessee he wasn’t exactly polished.


From ABC Columbia

No. 4/4 Tennessee (44-9) posted three runs in the first, more than enough for junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe to help the Lady Vols take a 5-0 win over South Carolina (32-23) in the quarterfinals of the 2013 SEC Tournament on Thursday night at John Cropp Stadium.

Tennessee took the lead in the first on an RBI double by Lauren Gibson, scoring Raven Chavanne after she started the contest with a single and stole second. Gibson scored after the throw to third on her steal got away. Kat Dotson drove one out to right to make it 3-0 in the first. The advantage grew to 4-0 on Madison Shipman’s RBI single in the third, and Cheyenne Tarango’s sac fly in the fifth put the lead at 5-0 for the second-seeded Lady Vols.


From Go Vols Xtra

As evidenced by the proliferating number of pranks he’s pulling, Peyton Manning has gotten pretty comfortable in Denver as he enters his second season with the Broncos.

His teammates warn that Manning might not want to get too cozy, although none of them have gotten back at the productive prankster.

“I think a lot of guys are going to jump at that opportunity. So we’ve just got to plan something out real good for him and get him when it counts,” Manning’s latest victim, right tackle Orlando Franklin, said Wednesday.

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