The Tennessee Vols football team resuming fall camp practice Tuesday leads our Volunteers news for Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.
We’re through one full week of August, and the Tennessee Vols football season kicks off in three and a half weeks. That excitement continues to grow, while men’s basketball got its own excitement with a big commitment in four-star Keon Johnson Tuesday.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with football, though, as we’re back to UT on the practice field. Continuous coverage of fall camp will be leading the way throughout this month until the season is set to begin.
However, there is some other news as well. Soccer is about to start in addition to football, and it has some preseason news. Then there is more news for softball, as a new assistant coach was hired. Let’s start with football.
Tennessee football resumes practice – Ryan Callahan, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols football team resumed practice on Tuesday after a day off Monday. Fall camp now is in full swing, as this is their first practice after the full weekend of festivities to kickoff the official start of preseason.
"Three periods of Tuesday’s practice were open to media. The early portion of the practice featured routes-on-air passing drills for Tennessee’s quarterbacks and wide receivers, a strip-sack-and-scoop gauntlet for the Vols’ defensive linemen and some technique work for the Vols’ offensive linemen, cornerbacks and safeties."
Marc Weekly hired as softball assistant – UTSports
Ralph and Karen Weekly are bringing back an assistant to the Tennessee Lady Vols softball program. Marc Weekly is re-joining the staff after six years away, when he spent time starting the softball program at The King’s Academy in 2014, which he led to three state championships, in 2016, 2017 and 2019. In addition to winning a high school championship, Weekly has won a USA Softball championship.
"Marc Weekly previously served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Lady Vols from 2005-13. While on staff, Tennessee made six trips to the Women’s College World Series and complied a record of 423-122-1."
Women’s soccer ranked No. 10 in preseason poll – United Soccer Coaches
Fresh off its first Elite Eight appearance in school history, Tennessee Lady Vols soccer enters 2019 with high expectations as well. Brian Pensky’s team came in at No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. They are the highest ranked SEC team. The polls were released for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.
"Defending national champions Maryland (men’s) and Florida State (women’s) sit atop the polls in NCAA Division I to kickoff the 2019 campaign. In NCAA-II, defending national champion Barry University is No. 1 in the men’s poll, while national runner-up Grand Valley State tops the women’s poll. Both men’s and women’s returning champs in Division III, Tufts University (men’s) and Williams College (women’s), are No. 1 to start the season."