Tennessee Vols VFL coordinator CJ Fayton stepping down and Darrell Taylor on the Butkus Watch List lead our Volunteers news for Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
SEC Media Days is in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a ton of news surrounding the Tennessee Vols. And we have plenty of that to bring you for today as we really begin our preseason coverage.
Today’s morning update on Rocky Top leads with a former Vol leaving his key post with the university. We also have another player on a watch list to talk about. Those are the main stories to keep an eye on.
After that, there’s a scheduling update in one sport and more academic recognition for another sport on our plate. So, like we said, the news continues. Let’s start with the person leaving their post with UT.
CJ Fayton stepping down as VFL coordinator – Grant Ramey, GoVols247.com
Former Tennessee Vols football player CJ Fayton is stepping down from his post as Vol for Life coordinator, according to an initial tweet from Jayson Swain. Fayton took over the role in May of 2018.
"A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Fayton played football at Tennessee from 2002-05, finishing his career with 981 yards and seven touchdowns on 74 catches. Fayton replaced former Tennessee lineman Antone Davis as VFL Coordinator after Davis resigned in November 2017."
Darrell Taylor on Butkus Award Watch List – TheButkusAward.com
Tennessee football outside linebacker Darrell Taylor has been named to the 2019 preseason watch list for the Butkus Award. The award goes to the nation’s top linebacker.
"Instituted in 1985, The Butkus Award is one of the elite individual honors in college football. In 2008, The Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, took stewardship of the award to fully realize the original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community while honoring the nation’s best high school, college, and professional linebackers. An independent Butkus Award Selection Committee comprised of 51 experts, including professional, college and high school scouts, and prominent sports journalists, conduct the selection process."
Women’s golf schedule announced – UTSports
Tennessee Lady Vols golf coach Judy Pavon announced the team’s scheduled for 2019-2020 on Monday. UT will play in nine regular season tournaments, including two in September, three in October, one in February and three in March before beginning postseason play in April.
"After starting the season at the Cougar Classic (Sept. 9-10) for the 11th time in program history, the Lady Vols come back to Knoxville to host the 22nd annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at Cherokee Country Club on Sept. 16-17.For the second consecutive season, Tennessee will travel outside of the country to compete. The Lady Vols fall schedule finishes in the Bahamas at the UH Invitational at the end of October. They then travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to start the spring season in February at the Guadalajara International Invitational hosted by Virginia."
Track and Field programs make All-Academic teams – USTFCCCA.com
The Tennessee Vols men’s and women’s track and field programs were both named All-Academic teams. Meanwhile, 10 members of the program earned All-Academic individual recognition, including three men and seven women.
"In order to be in contention for Scholar Team of the Year, a program must finish highly at the respective national championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA.…To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds)."