JJ Peterson finally practicing with the Tennessee Vols and football injury news lead our Volunteers updates for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
Morale is much lower in Knoxville as this short week begins following the Tennessee Vols’ blowout loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. It was a real possibility among everybody in Vol Nation, but the loss still stung nonetheless.
However, it was just Jeremy Pruitt’s first game as head coach. And the season must go on. So our updates for today on Rocky Top include coverage of the program working to prepare for the season to go on with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers next on the slate.
The coverage today includes a recap of specific notes from Pruitt speaking to the media Monday afternoon looking ahead to the match-up. It also includes a personnel story regarding the arrival of a player. And, believe it or not, we have a preview of a game in another sport to get to as well. But let’s start with the football news.
Ty Chandler, Todd Kelly Jr. injury updates – Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel
Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt spoke to the media about the status of his players and his team following their opening week loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers. The major key was injuries. Pruitt noted that Ty Chandler, who was injured in the opening game, is uncertain for ETSU. Meanwhile, Todd Kelly Jr. didn’t travel with the team to Charlotte. Pruitt said he’s not back at full speed yet. Here’s a bit of what he said about Kelly.
"“Todd’s done a really good job trying to get back from this leg injury. It was a pretty significant injury, and when you come back from something like that, it takes a little while for your muscles and everything to kind of catch back up.”"
JJ Peterson arrives on campus, practices with team – Ryan Callahan, GoVols247
Tennessee Vols football four-star 2018 recruit JJ Peterson has finally arrived on campus. The freshman had his first practice with the team on Monday.
"Coming off their 40-14 loss to the 17th-ranked Mountaineers in Charlotte, N.C., the Vols practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Monday afternoon, turning their attention to Saturday’s home opener against East Tennessee State. Peterson, meanwhile, started his NCAA-mandated acclimation period Monday, practicing without pads, and won’t be able to put on shoulder pads for the first time until Wednesday."
Tennessee volleyball to visit ETSU – UTSports
The Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team will have their first road match of the season Tuesday night against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers.
"Tennessee enters the match 6-0 and in search of just its sixth 7-0 start in program history. The Lady Vols have never lost in five trips to Johnson City, the match ending in a sweep for Tennessee in 2008."