Nov 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter (15) leaps for the pass against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn (32) during the second half at LP Field. Indianapolis won 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Justin Hunter's Embarrassing Name Chance

From The Tennessean

A year ago, the Titans did everything to lift wide receiver Justin Hunter’s confidence.

Now they are trying to keep the second-year pro grounded. Or, at the least, get his attention.

Hunter showed up for practice on Monday with “Hunter” missing from the back of his jersey. Instead, the letters “JAG” were atop the No.15.

There was an easy explanation.

“It stands for ‘Just Another Guy,’ ” Hunter said.

The former University of Tennessee star didn’t come up with the idea on his own, of course. He said he’s not just another guy.

Read more at The Tennessean

 

From the Times Free Press

The message was simple.

Derek Barnett kept his plan of following it that way, too.

In need of immediate contributors on a depleted defensive line, Tennessee’s coaching staff told Barnett and the other freshman ends and tackles they would be needed quickly and get early opportunities to play.

“They told me,” Barnett said following Monday morning’s practice, “to come in with the right mindset, and they told me to just run and run, to be ready for the conditioning.”

Through a little more than a week of training camp, Barnett’s been ready for it all.

The 6-foot-3, 264-pound defensive end has been one of the stories for the Volunteers this August, and his combination of size, playmaking ability and hustle has drawn praise from coaches and teammates.

Read more at the Times Free Press

 

From The Daily Times

Tennessee will pay nonconference football opponents a combined $4.575 million over the next two seasons, according to documents obtained by The Daily Times through an open records request.

The Vols will pay their three 2014 nonconference home opponents — Utah State, Arkansas State and Chattanooga — a total of $2.4 million. The 2015 total is $2.175 million, to be paid to UAB, Western Carolina and North Texas.

 

Read more at The Daily Times

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