Tennessee Vols football uniform changes and a piece on former UT running back Jalen Hurd lead the Volunteers news for Friday, July 13, 2018.
Happy Friday the 13th everybody! Of course, if you’re a Tennessee Vols fan, it feels like the last decade altogether has been Friday the 13th. But this one comes in July of 2018, the month to kick off a new era. And there are more reports today that deal with that new era.
As we get set to bring you today’s updates on Rocky Top, the main focus will be on uniforms. UT has an update on what those may look like. We also have a story on a former Vol who lives in infamy to bring you.
And then there is an outsider’s piece on the Vols that doesn’t make them look too good. So let’s get started with the uniform news.
Tennessee Vols potential uniform changes revealed – Chad Fields, Twitter
It looks like Tennessee football is somewhat returning to the Phillip Fulmer days with its uniforms. Uniform junkie Chad Fields revealed what they may look like on Thursday, and the main combination appears to be white pants on both home and road jerseys with a solid, orange stripe down the side. That’s similar to what they wore back in 2002.
"These uniform changes are added to the return of black cleats and the dropping of Smokey grey alternate."
Jalen Hurd called the ‘fall guy’ from 2016 – Matt Hayes, Bleacher Report
Former Tennessee Vols football running back Jalen Hurd was deemed the fall guy from the 2016 season that went awry for a team hoping to win the SEC East. This label came in a feature written on him that was released Friday morning. Hurd is now with the Baylor Bears, where he will finish his final year of eligibility.
"In the state of Tennessee, among the Big Orange faithful, Hurd’s fall from grace went like this. He was benched by coach Butch Jones during the Georgia game after celebrating a touchdown; a week later, when he was held out of the Texas A&M game (under concussion protocol and with a season-long ankle injury that was never disclosed), he became a “quitter” and a “locker room cancer.”Two weeks later, he pulled himself from the South Carolina game, and his Tennessee career was over."
Tennessee most ‘overhyped’ team in the SEC – Barrett Sallee, CBS Sports
Tennessee football was revealed to be the most overhyped team in the SEC over the past six years, dating back to expansion in 2012. Using a criteria of final standings relative to where they were predicted in the preseason, the Vols averaged one fewer win a year than expected. Only the Arkansas Razorbacks came close.
"The Volunteers have only exceeded their expectation once since expansion — the 2014 season when they finished fourth in the SEC East. Every other year, they have either met the expectation or fallen short — punctuated by 2017, when they were expected to finish third but wound up in the cellar of the SEC East."