Tennessee Vols morning report: More players on preseason watch lists

Three Tennessee Vols football players on preseason watch lists lead our July 22, 2020 Volunteers news.

As of now, the SEC appears to be continuing forward with its plan for the season in 2020 amidst coronavirus. That’s obviously exciting news for many Tennessee Vols fans, who desperately want something to tune into when the fall arrives.

News surrounding the preseason is what leads our morning report on Rocky Top. It actually involves more excitement for UT, as preseason recognition for specific players is the main story. This shows just how good the team can be this season.

Beyond that recognition, though, a new football staff move is also a major story, and we’ll close things out with the news of basketball preseason beginning as well. So there are plenty of exciting things to get to, and we’ll start with stories involving specific players.

Multiple football players on preseason watch lists – UTSports

The Football Writers Association of America released its preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best defensive player, and the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman. Tennessee Vols football linebacker Henry To’o To’o was on the Nagurski watch list. Offensive linemen Trey Smith and Cade Mays made the Outland watch list.

The recipient of the 75th Outland Trophy will be announced in early December. The official presentation to the winner will be made in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, scheduled for Jan. 13, 2021.

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.

Assistant strength coach hired from Alabama – Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com

Kindal Moorehead is joining Tennessee football and Jeremy Pruitt’s staff as an assistant strength coach, leaving Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Moorehead will fill the position A.J. Artis left open when he was promoted to strength and conditioning coach after Craig Fitzgerald left for the NFL’s New York Giants.

Moorehead has served as an assistant strength coach at Alabama since 2010. He played as a defensive tackle in the NFL for six seasons with Carolina (2003-07) and Atlanta (2008).

Moorehead played at Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee and collegiately at Alabama.

Basketball returns to work – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

Over four months after the season was suddenly canceled due to coronavirus, the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball program was back on the court Tuesday. That was the first day coaches were allowed to work with players in the schedule the NCAA put together amidst COVID-19. Official preseason practices, however, won’t be for another two months.

This summer workouts can last up to eight weeks — until Sept. 15 or the first full day of classes, whichever comes first. Coaches get up to eight hours per week as players go through weight training, conditioning and skill work. Skill work can account for four of the eight hours per week.