The Tennessee Vols representatives at SEC Media Days and Albert Haynesworth needing help lead our Volunteers news for Thursday, July 11, 2019.
We’re getting closer and closer to the start of the de facto college football preseason next week as baseball season after the All-Star break resumes today. And the Tennessee Vols still have a ton of things happening.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with news surrounding that de facto start of preseason, which is obviously SEC Media Days. However, amidst the excitement, there is very depressing news as well for UT.
Albert Haynesworth, a VFL, in serious need of help is a major story that we have to cover. The transfer of basketball forward DJ Burns being official is also a news story, and we close out with swimming and diving awards. But let’s start with Media Days.
SEC Media Days representatives announced – UTSports
The Tennessee Vols football team will send junior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and senior linebackers Daniel Bituli and Darrell Taylor to SEC Media Days with Jeremy Pruitt next week. UT takes the stage in Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday, July 16.
"Tennessee will make the media rounds in the afternoon at the Wynfrey Hotel. ESPN and the SEC Network will have live coverage of the four-day event, which begins on Monday, while Tennessee football’s official social media accounts (@Vol_Football on twitter and instagram) will provide updates during Tennessee’s media session. Tennessee’s trio of players will be making their first appearance at SEC Media Days. However, they are all well-known to Vol fans and the SEC as returning starters."
Albert Haynesworth in dire need of kidney donor – Turron Davenport, ESPN.com
Former Tennessee football defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who became an NFL Pro Bowler and spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over a 10-year career from 2002 to 2011, is in need of a kidney donor for a transplant. He posted the news on his Instagram account Wednesday.
"This isn’t the first health problem Haynesworth has faced since leaving the NFL. Haynesworth told a Nashville radio station in 2016 that he dealt with a brain aneurysm in November 2014 that caused him to spend time in intensive care."
DJ Burns announces transfer destination – Grant Ramey, GoVols247
Forward DJ Burns’s transfer away from the Tennessee Vols basketball program was made official on Thursday morning. Burns announced on Twitter that he would be joining the Winthrop Eagles. A four-star power forward in the 2018 recruiting class, Burns took a redshirt this past year but figured to be a key player in the post this year with the losses of Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield and Kyle Alexander along with the transfer of Derrick Walker.
"The offseason has already included transfer additions of 7-foot-1 Arizona State center Uros Plavsicand Oregon guard Victor Bailey Jr. Barnes said last month that he expected to have a waiver approved for Plavsic’s immediate eligibility."
Swimming and diving has 13 Scholar All-Americans – cscaa.org
Tennessee had 13 members of its swimming and diving program earn College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American honors. There were 1,221 swimmers and divers across the country to achieve such recognition.
"The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The selections, drawn from 190 colleges and universities across all Divisions, include CSCAA Swimmers-of-the-Year Beata Nelson (Wisconsin), Pol, Roch (Keiser), Honore Collins (NYU) and Mendy De Rooi (Cumberlands) and CSCAA Divers-of-the-Year Christina Sather (Clarion), Lindsey Ruderman (Amherst), Heath Ogata (Lake Forest), and Andrea Adam (Saint Ambrose)."