The date for Tennessee Vols fan day and more national respect for offensive lineman Trey Smith lead the Volunteers news for Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
The college football preseason continues to inch closer. Big Ten Media Days has come to an end, now, joining the Big 12, ACC and SEC to complete their events. Only Pac 12 Media Day is left, among the Power Five and that is today. All of the smaller conferences will be done by today as well.
And at that point, everything will be about looking ahead to the preseason. As we get set to bring you today’s updates on Rocky Top, the official date of a major event leads the way. But there’s also some more national coverage of Trey Smith worth pointing out.
Finally, we do have to bring you an update on the rape trial of a pair of former Vols. It’s uncomfortable, but it has been an ongoing saga for four years. Still, let’s start with housekeeping things, looking ahead to one big day.
Fan Day set for Sunday, Aug. 5 – UTSports
The Tennessee Vols have set their fan day for Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2:30 p.m. The event will be at Neyland Stadium and invites fans to meet with the Vols. Admission and parking are going to be free for the event.
"Gate 21 will be open to fans at 1:30 p.m. The autograph session will begin at the conclusion of the practice at approximately 4:30 p.m. Stations will be designated by position group on each sideline, and head coach Jeremy Pruitt will have his own separate table."
Trey Smith named to Outland Trophy Watch List – Football Writers Association
Tennessee football offensive lineman Trey Smith was the only Vol to make a preseason All-SEC team. But he becomes the second Vol to achieve national recognition on an awards watch list. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman, offensive or defensive. He joins Nigel Warrior as the only Vols who have garnered preseason recognition so far.
"The list is highlighted by returning winner defensive tackle Ed Oliver of the University of Houston among 82 standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents."
Former Tennessee football player Drae Bowles, who eventually transferred, testified in the rape trial of former Vols teammates A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams Tuesday. The two are on trial after being accused of rape in a November, 2014 incident.
"The state and the defense made opening statements Monday, painting two very different pictures of the events that occurred in November of 2014.The defense says the accuser and two defendants were all willing participants in a sexual act, but the state says that’s far from what actually happened."