Three Tennessee Vols players making the 2019 preseason Coaches All-SEC team leads our Volunteers news for Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Happy Friday! It’s the last Friday before a Saturday with no official football games until February. Although the Tennessee Vols have two more Fridays like that, it’s still an exciting time for anybody who loves football.
And yes, football remains a heavy part of our news. Today’s update on Rocky Top leads with more preseason recognition. This includes players who made another preseason All-SEC team and another player added to a watch list.
We’ll close this out with an announcement of a schedule in another sport that begins in the fall, so there is plenty to get to. But let’s start with all the news surrounding the football program and the hype around certain individuals.
Three Vols make preseason Coaches All-SEC – SECSports
The Tennessee Vols football team saw three players, Marquez Callaway, Darrell Taylor and Nigel Warrior, all make preseason Coaches All-SEC. Callaway, the only media preseason All-SEC player from Rocky Top, was on as a second-team return specialist. Taylor and Warrior were a third-team linebacker and defensive back respectively. While this is more than the one player who made the media’s preseason All-SEC, it still didn’t have any first-teamers. And Taylor should have at least been a second-team since he led all returning SEC players in sacks last year and was third among them in tackles for a loss.
"This marks the 17th consecutive year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. Nine schools had at least one First Team All-SEC representative, including a conference-best nine from Alabama. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players."
Riley Lovingood on Mannelly Award Watch List – BerniesBookBank.org
Senior long-snapper for the Tennessee Vols football program Riley Lovingood was one of 25 players on the Patrick Mannelly Award Watch List for the best long-snapper. This is the inaugural year for the award, which is presented by Bernie’s Book Bank.
"By November 16th, this group of players will be narrowed down to a group of semi-finalists. On November 23rd, the finalists will be announced. Finally, on December 14th, the Patrick Mannelly Award will be presented to the most outstanding long snapper at the highest level of college football."
Volleyball TV schedule announced – UTSports
Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball is set to open the season in a couple of weeks. In anticipation of that, their television schedule was announced Friday. UT will have six matches on ESPNU and SEC Network this season against the Illinois Fighting Illini, Texas A&M Aggies, Kentucky Wildcats, Missouri Tigers, Florida Gators and Arkansas Razorbacks. Texas A&M is the first home conference match of the year and is the big storyline here.
"The match, which will be the first of three ESPNU broadcasts, features the teams who finished first and second in the conference race in 2018. Last season, the Lady Vols finished with a 5-2 record in televised games including wins over No. 22 Michigan State and No. 23 Missouri."