The Tennessee Vols players attending SEC Media Days and Tyson Helton lead our Volunteers news for Thursday, July 12, 2018.
We are approaching the de facto start of the college football preseason, with SEC Media Days right around the corner. And yes, that’s more than enough cause for excitement on Rocky Top with a new coach and a new era.
As we get set to bring you our morning updates today, Media Days is a leading story. But that’s not all. We also have updates on academic accomplishments of certain Vols and another ranking of the overall athletic program.
From a specifically football outlook perspective, there’s also an interesting take on a UT assistant coach we’ll get to. But let’s start with the media day news.
SEC Media Day attendees announced – SEC Sports
The Tennessee Vols announced the three players who will join Jeremy Pruitt next week at SEC Media Days. Defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, tight end Eli Wolf and wide receiver Marquez Callaway will all be there. UT is scheduled to take the podium Wednesday afternoon.
"SEC Football Kickoff Media Days presented by Regions Bank will be held Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19 at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Coaches and players from all 14 SEC institutions will meet with more than 1,000 members of the media in the annual ceremonial kickoff to the football season."
Tyson Helton ranked a Top 15 assistant hire – Zach Barnett, Football Scoop
Tennessee football offensive coordinator Tyson Helton was ranked by Football Scoop as the No. 7 most important assistant hire this offseason. We have called Helton a crucial hire from the start, noting his impact in the Jeff Brohm system and working with quarterbacks while with the USC Trojans.
"Helton has made his mark in the game by working with big-armed, scoreboard-popping quarterbacks. Before he mentored the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Helton spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky, where he guided Brandon Doughty to throw for 371.5 yards per game in 2014 and 361.1 per game in 2015, leading the Hilltoppers to a 12-2 mark, a Conference USA title and a No. 24 final ranking."
Vols ranked No. 36 for best overall 2017-2018 season – J. Darin Darst, CBS Sports
The Tennessee Vols came in at No. 36 for best overall athletic season in 2017-2018. The ranking uses a weighted formula with football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and then two wildcard sports, which are the school’s most successful sports outside of those three. Scoring for football points was multiplied by two and a half, scoring for men’s basketball was multiplied by two, and scoring for women’s basketball stayed as it was.
"Despite not winning a national title over the course of the campaign, Ohio State (510.50 points) earned the honor for the second time in the past four years."
The Buckeyes accomplished this feat in large part due to a tremendous football season with the program finishing 12-2 and No. 5 in the final AP Top 25 with a Cotton Bowl victory and Big Ten title.
The Tennessee Vols had 66 individuals on the 2017-2018 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll. They were among 956 people overall named to the list.
"The rowing program led the way for UT with 11 student-athletes honored. Women’s swimming and diving (8), soccer (7), football (6) and baseball (5) all put five or more on the list."