Tennessee Vols morning report: Fall camp start date

The start date of fall camp, which is next week, for the Tennessee Vols football team leads our Volunteers news for Thursday, July 25, 2019.

We’re down to our final seven days in July, meaning football season is getting closer and closer. The Tennessee Vols are now one step closer to the year as well, and we have news on that front to kick off today.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the official start of fall camp for UT. The news broke very quietly on Wednesday, and we’ll talk about when it begins and what it means for the program as a whole.

However, that’s not the only thing happening in Knoxville right now. We also have a profile of former Vols getting inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame tonight, and there is a story on honors received by men’s golfers. But let’s start with fall camp.

Official start of fall camp set for Aug. 2 – Josh Ward, WNML

The Tennessee Vols football team will begin fall camp on Friday, Aug. 2, according to reports. Trey Wallace of Fox Sports initially tweeted out that date. Jeremy Pruitt will be entering his second year and looking to take a major step forward after going 5-7 in 2018.

One reason for optimism that Tennessee will improve this year is the team’s increased level of competition. Pruitt himself made it clear during the 2018 season that he needed more players. He has them now.

Four former Vols to be inducted into Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame – Boys & Girls Club

Former Tennessee Vols football defensive back and current NFL official Terry Brown, former UT golfer and PGA Champions tour participant Walt Chapman, former Tennessee track and field stars Randy Jenkins and Kameisha (Bennett) Martin, who were five-time All-Americans on Rocky Top from 1993-1994 and in 2004 respectively, will be inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night. The event is hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and will take place at the Knoxville Convention Center Ballroom.

David Cutcliffe, Duke University Head Football Coach and former University of Tennessee Offensive Coordinator, will be the guest speaker. Cutcliffe, the 2013 National Coach of the Year, has earned both ACC and SEC Coach of the Year honors in a distinguished head coaching career at Duke and Ole Miss. Hospitality begins at 5:30 p.m.; Master of Ceremonies Bob Kesling will make welcoming remarks before dinner at 6:30 p.m.; the induction ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s golfers named All-America Scholars – CollegiateGolf.com

Tennessee Vols men’s golfers Rhys Nevin and Nolan Ray were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday. There were 544 honorees overall, 269 of whom were Division I golfers.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically in Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate’s Degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2.