Oct 5, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Rajion Neal (20) dives for yardage against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Georgia won in overtime 34 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Lady Vols To Wear Smokey Gray?

From WBIR

The Lady Vols could wear Smokey gray uniforms at the SEC tournament, if they perform as well as Coach Holly Warlick expects.

At practice on Tuesday, coaches showed the team the alternate uniforms, which are the same color of gray as those worn by the football team last fall against Georgia and Vanderbilt. They are trimmed in orange.

But there’s no guarantee the team will don those alternate uniforms.

Coach Warlick told the team they could only wear the new gear if they made it to the championship game on Sunday.

Even then, there’s a chance the SEC wouldn’t allow them to wear the gray uniforms. The Associated Press reported that the SEC typically requires the higher-seeded team to wear the lighter-shaded uniform, so if the Lady Vols are the top seed in the finals, they may have to wear white.

 

From The Times Free Press

The Tennessee football Volunteers made a large jump, from 114th nationally in 2012 to 27th last season, in pass defense.

And they did it with a secondary that featured two sophomores, a true freshman and a walk-on sometimes on the field at the same time.

After allowing 282.5 yards per game and surrendering 250 yards six times in 2012, Tennessee gave up just 211 yards a game passing in 2013, and only five opponents threw for more than 200 against the Vols.

Yet Tennessee still allowed a lot of big plays, and upgrading the speed — a glaring weakness that was exposed numerous times for the Vols’ entire defense — in the secondary was a top priority in recruiting.

 

From The Tennessean

Tennessee guard Antonio Barton lost his starting spot and his shooting touch during a difficult senior season, but the Memphis transfer finally is back on the upswing.

His resurgence comes just in time to help his new team make a late push for an NCAA Tournament bid.

After returning to the Tennessee (18-11, 9-7 SEC) starting lineup last week, Barton had a season-high 21 points and a career-high six assists Saturday in a 76-38 blowout of Vanderbilt. Barton will attempt to carry that momentum into tonight’s game at Auburn (13-14, 5-11).

“The main focus is to let this game go,” Barton said after the Vanderbilt game. “We played well, but we can’t carry this game on. It is over with. We just have to come in and lock in for the next game with the same intensity and same focus.”

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