The Tennessee Vols taking over the SEC Network on Thursday and Kyle Phillips lead the Volunteers news for Thursday, July 26, 2018.
A big football recruit committing to the Tennessee Vols and another naming them in his top five made Wednesday a very eventful day in Knoxville. On top of that, Robert Hubbs III signing in Norway and Tobias Harris holding out for a new contract made for some interesting basketball takes.
But there are even more updates this morning. As we get set to bring you the news on Rocky Top this final Thursday in July of 2018, the feature of UT on the SEC Network leads the way. There is also more preseason national recognition for another football player.
Finally, we add to the basketball news. While Harris is holding out for an NBA contract and Hubbs is in Norway, the pro career of another player is up in the air. So that’s a story worth telling. But let’s start with the SEC Network.
The Tennessee Vols will be the featured team on the SEC Network today. The event includes storied documentaries, numerous classic games from multiple sports, and memorable moments in the school’s history.
"During the SEC Network Takeover, each of the 14 SEC member institutions has the opportunity to create an entire day filled with its greatest moments, iconic victories and university fanfare, including NCAA Championships, SEC Storied films, school PSAs and more."
Kyle Phillips named to Wuerffel Trophy preseason watch list – WuerffelTrophy.org
Tennessee football defensive end Kyle Phillips has become the third player on Rocky Top to gain preseason recognition, joining Nigel Warrior and Trey Smith. The senior was named to the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy preseason watch list. There are 106 players on the list who are candidates to receive the award this year.
"Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement."
Former Tennessee basketball star Jarnell Stokes, who led the Vols to the Sweet Sixteen with Cuonzo Martin at the helm in 2014, has been a journeyman throughout his pro career. The 6’8″ power forward has spent time with the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets while also playing for the G League version of those teams. He spent this past season in China, which he said helped him improve.
"“I was able to expand my game and really work on what I call ‘weaknesses’ and improve on the court and off the court by taking advantage of the opportunity of being the center-point of a team,” Stokes said of his experience in China. “I haven’t had that opportunity since playing at Tennessee, and I was really able to flourish and build a nice fanbase over there.”"