From The Tennessean
No. 6 Georgia and Tennessee head into their Saturday matchup at Neyland Stadium with health concerns at running back.
Tennessee’s Marlin Lane and Georgia’s Todd Gurley sat out the second half of their teams’ victories last week after Gurley sprained his left ankle and Lane had what was described as a “lower-extremity injury.”
Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Monday that Lane’s status was day to day. At his Sunday teleconference, Georgia coach Mark Richt used the same words to describe Gurley’s situation.
Few have accused this Tennessee team of not having any good players on its roster.
The Vols just don’t have enough of them.
Therein lies the problem for a team preparing for the SEC grind. It’ll be all SEC action for the rest of the year for Tennessee and that starts with a brutal three-game stretch against three teams currently ranked in the top 13 of the AP poll, No. 6 Georgia, No. 1 Alabama and No. 13 South Carolina.
“Right now we have some major depth issues and I think it is starting to be revealed,” said coach Butch Jones. “I think it is starting to show itself.”
That lack of depth began to manifest itself over the past few weeks. The Vols scored first against Oregon and Florida before ultimately falling in those contests. Even against South Alabama, a Sun Belt program, the Vols seemed to fade. A 31-7 lead turned into a 31-24 thriller that came down to the wire.
From The Miami Herald
Tennessee considers the opportunity to play for a national title in its home state the perfect chance to end its Final Four drought.
The Lady Vols opened practice this week with five of their top six scorers back from a team that went 27-8 last year and lost in a regional final for the third straight season. After overachieving in the first season of the post-Pat Summitt era, Tennessee believes it’s ready to start competing for national titles again.
The spoils of a first-team All-Southeastern Conference season came during the summer for Tennessee guard Jordan McRae, whose trips to skills camps put on by NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant gave him another dose of confidence on top of what he’d already gained from his late-season surge in 2013. That’s not good news for the rest of the SEC, because a confident McRae can be dangerous.
He proved that last season. After starting just once in the Vols’ first 12 games, McRae entered the lineup against Ole Miss on Jan. 9 and never left. His promotion from the bench followed a 26-point, four-assist effort in a loss to Memphis. McRae went for 26 again against the Rebels, scored 21 in his next game at Alabama and 23 at Kentucky. Two games later, he torched Ole Miss for 26 points yet again. He was on his way.