Today On Rocky Top: Butch Jones Bringing In Loaded Class


Oct 19, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones speaks with his team during the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 23 to 21. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

From the National Football Post

"Tennessee fans that have recently become accustomed to being home for the holidays can take solace in the stellar recruiting job being done by second-year Vols head coach Butch Jones and his staff.Despite a 5-7 campaign in 2013, Jones recorded a signature win over South Carolina, was able to get his players to buy into the type of program he wants to run and continued to put together what is shaping up to be one of the best 2014 classes in the country."

From The Tennessean

"When the Broncos selected defensive end Robert Ayers in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the first thought that went through his mind had nothing to do with the big contract he would soon receive.It wasn’t necessarily about starting his NFL career either.“The first thing I thought about when I got drafted was I’d still be able to wear orange,” Ayers said with a smile. “It’s a little bit different color orange, but it’s orange. It’s close enough, I guess.”Ayers is one of several Broncos who are University of Tennesseeproducts, and they’re all enjoying the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seahawks on Sunday."


"A total of 655 student-athletes were named to the 2013 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll, Thursday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.The 2013 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2013 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.From Tennessee, 52 student-athletes, were named to the Honor Roll, including 34 from the football program:"

From ABC News (AP)

"Cierra Burdick and Meighan Simmons each scored 16 points as No. 10 Tennessee shot 62.2 percent from the floor to beat Arkansas 70-60 for its third consecutive victory.The Lady Vols (17-4, 6-2 SEC) shot 28 of 45 overall and 7 of 13 from 3-point range.Burdick matched a career high with her 16 points, and the 6-foot-2 junior also had seven rebounds and four assists. Isabelle Harrison had 12 points and Andraya Carter added 10 points.Jessica Jackson scored 16 points, Keira Peak had 12, Jhasmin Bowen 11 and Calli Berna 10 for Arkansas (15-6, 2-6), which lost for the fifth time in its last six games."