Tennessee Vols morning report: 2020 Senior Bowl week underway

Multiple Tennessee Vols football players practicing for Senior Bowl week leads our Volunteers news for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

It’s the back end of January, and the bulk of the news surrounding the Tennessee Vols still focuses heavily on the football program. Hey, as it was said, it’s the engine that drives the train of the athletic department, and that doesn’t change today.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with two players prepping for the Senior Bowl. We also have another interview that athletic Phillip Fulmer did to cover, though, and Fulmer talked about things beyond football.

A men’s basketball recap, women’s basketball award and multiple track and field awards also lead the way. So there is plenty of news to get to today. Let’s start, though, with the football news surrounding former players.

Jauan Jennings, Darrell Taylor prep for Senior Bowl – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

Former Tennessee Vols football wide receiver Jauan Jennings and edge rusher Darrell Taylor will play in Saturday’s Senior Bowl. Preparations were underway for them on Tuesday.

Jennings checked in at 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds with 32 7/8-inch arms, 9-inch hands and a 6-foot, 4-inch inch wingspan. Taylor’s measurables were impressive as he checked in at 6-foot-3 and 259 pounds with 33-inch arms, 10-inch hands and a 6-foot, 8 3/4-inch wingspan.

Phillip Fulmer discusses UT athletics – MidDay 180, 104.5 The Zone

One day after going on the Paul Finebaum Show, Tennessee Vols athletic director Phillip Fulmer went on the Nashville area’s radio station 104.5 The Zone for an interview on its show MidDay 180. Here’s a bit of what he said about the state of the school’s athletic program going forward compared to when he took over.

“There were a lot of good things that had been done here by Dave Hart and others. One was the (administrative) staff that was here. I didn’t know what I was getting into and they didn’t know what they were getting into. We’ve made it work in a very positive way.”

Rick Barnes, players recap Ole Miss win – UTSports

For the second straight game, the Tennessee Vols basketball team held an SEC opponent to under 50 points, as they beat the Ole Miss Rebels 73-48 Tuesday night. With the win, they improved to 12-6 and 4-2 in the SEC, and Ole Miss fell to 9-9 and 0-5 in the SEC, losing their sixth straight. Here’s a bit of what Rick Barnes said about the win.

“I like to think they are starting to understand what goes into winning. We certainly know what goes into losing, and I do think I think we are more pleased with what we have done three straight halves defensively probably as much as anything, and I think this is the fewest turnovers we’ve had all year.”

Jordan Horston named Freshmen of the Week – SECSports

Lady Vols guard Jordan Horston was named SEC Freshman of the Week for helping to lead Kellie Harper’s team to recent wins over the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide. She has been a key part of the program’s four-game winning streak.

Tennessee guard Jordan Horston averaged 14 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.5 blocks and a steal last week to help Tennessee move into second place in the SEC Standings. The 6-foot-2 product of Columbus, Ohio, has started every game and has been instrumental in the No. 23/25 Lady Vols’ 15-3 overall record and 5-1 SEC start.

Multiple athletes earn SEC track and field awards – SECSports

Freshman Emmanuel Bynum and Senior Darryl Sullivan both represented the Tennessee Vols in SEC weekly track and field honors this week. Sullivan was named the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, and Bynum was named the Men’s Freshman of the Week.

Tennessee’s Darryl Sullivan cleared a height of 2.33m (7-7.75) in the men’s high jump at the Virginia Tech Invitational. The mark tied the all-time Southeastern Conference indoor record and vaulted Sullivan to No. 4 on the NCAA track & field all-time indoor performance list.

Bynum ran the fastest men’s 400m dash in the SEC this season, taking second with a personal-best time of 47.20. The mark ranks ninth nationally.

Darryl Sullivan earns national recognition – USTFCCCA.org 

In addition to his weekly SEC honors, senior UT track and field star Darryl Sullivan also received recognition from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week.

Sullivan needed three attempts to clear the previous bar of 2.27m (7-5¼) and then clamped down to top the next one in just two attempts. After he landed on the mat, both his coaches and his teammates swarmed him on the apron. This is the first time since 2017 that an athlete from Tennessee has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season (Christian Coleman).