Tennessee Vols linebacker Darrell Taylor on a third preseason watch list and the SEC/Big 12 challenge lead our Volunteers news for Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
The end of July is a week away, and with that obviously comes the real start of college football preseason. Tennessee Vols fall camp is around the corner, which makes this an extremely exciting time for UT fans everywhere.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with one football player making a third preseason watch list. He’s been making the rounds with news, and it continued on Tuesday. However, men’s basketball is in the news as well, as a scheduling update is here for next season. We’ll cover both of those.
Meanwhile, we have an update to bring you with a rowing athlete as well and her summer competitions. So there is plenty of news in the middle of July to get to. Let’s start with the football preseason news.
Darrell Taylor on Nagurski Trophy Watch List – Sportswriters.net
Tennessee Vols football rising senior outside linebacker Darrell Taylor is one of 92 defensive players on the Bronko Nagursky Trophy Watch List for the 2019 preseason. The trophy is the Football Writers Association of America’s Award for the nation’s top defensive player every year. This is Taylor’s third preseason watch list. He is also on the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, which is the Maxwell Football Club’s award for the best defensive player in a year, and the Butkus Award Watch List, awarded to the nation’s best linebacker every year. However, he did not make any preseason All-SEC teams.
"Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20."
Basketball Vols to play Kansas in SEC/Big 12 challenge – Wes Rucker, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols men’s basketball program will face the Kansas Jayhawks, who beat them in overtime last year, in this upcoming year’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge, according to a tweet from CBS Sports College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein. UT is 3-1 in these challenges under Barnes and has won its last three, but the Vols are 1-3 all-time against Kansas, and Barnes is 6-17 all time against Self, having lose 10 of 12 this decade and nine of this last 10.
"Kansas will be only one of several big names on Tennessee’s non-conference schedule. The Vols have seriously beefed up their non-conference schedule in the Barnes era, and this season will be no exception. Tennessee will play Kansas, Wisconsin, Purdue, Washington, Memphis, Cincinnati and either Florida State or VCU."
Tennessee senior rower Brenna Randall will play for Canada at the 2019 U-23 World Rowing Championships, which begin today in Sarasota, Fla. Randall is a two-time Big 12 Academic All-Conference First Team Rower and SEC Honor Roll member.
"Randall, who hails from Regina, Saskatchewan, will compete in the women’s coxed four event where her boat will match up against Australia, France, Italy and the United States. The teams will take part in an exhibition race at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday ahead of the finals at 10:20 a.m. ET on Saturday."