Preseason for the 2021 Tennessee Vols football team under new head coach Josh Heupel continues to dominate coverage for UT in early August, and it’s no different today. We kick off the weekend with more updates on fall camp.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with news about the offense after another preseason practice. People interviewed Thursday are all connected to the offensive side of the ball, so we’ll take a look at things they said.
Beyond football, though, there is plenty of news in other sports. The SEC’s TV schedule for two sports was released Thursday, as was the addition of a new assistant in another sport. Finally, we’ve got an update on a women’s basketball player participating in in the FIBA U19 World Cup, so we’ll cover that as well. Let’s start, though, with another football practice.
Joey Halzle talks QB progress – 99.1 The Sports Animal, YouTube
Following the second practice of fall camp for the Tennessee Vols football team Thursday, quarterbacks coach Joey Halzle met with the media to discuss the progress of the four players competing for the starting job at the position. Here’s a bit of what he said.
"“For starters, everyone is going out and competing their butts off, not getting a bunch of misses with call and protections, calling runs as fast as we go. Our eye discipline has been really good, and zero turnovers so far in camp right now. In camp, the first couple days you always have a tendency to be sloppy, especially with a new offense, but guys are doing a great job getting their eyes in the right place, getting the body in the right place and taking care of the football.”"
Offensive players talk fall camp – Austin Price, VolQuest
Tiyon Evans, Miles Campbell, JaVonta Payton and Jimmy Calloway all met with the media Thursday to discuss Tennessee football’s preseason so far. With the quarterback competition dominating the news, Evans weighed in on how it’s going. Here’s a bit of what he said.
"“All of our quarterbacks are pros. They are locked in. The way they move themselves in the facility is different and you can tell they’re really trying to go get it. That’s what I like about them. They’re all going to pick you up (and) they’re all going to coach you up.”"
Saturday marks the start of the FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup. Tennessee Lady Vols rising sophomore Marta Suárez will compete for her home country of Spain in the event.
"The FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup will feature the world’s top 12 youth women’s national teams, with 56 games to be played across 9 days from 7-15 August in Debrecen, Hungary. Joining the event hosts in the tournament are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mali, Russia, Spain, USA."
UT volleyball will be on TV seven times this fall, including four times on SEC Network and three times on ESPNU. Meanwhile, soccer will be on twice: Once on SEC Network and once on ESPNU. The full television slate was revealed for both sports by the Southeastern Conference Thursday.
"This season, SEC Network and ESPNU will be home to more than 60 SEC women’s volleyball and soccer matches as part of ESPN’s overall dedication to collegiate fall sports.The SEC women’s soccer schedule will feature 24 matches and kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. ET on SEC Network with Purdue at Vanderbilt.…The SEC women’s volleyball schedule will showcase 42 matches with Clemson at South Carolina first up on Friday, Sep. 3 at 1 p.m. Matchups will be televised weekly on SEC Network and ESPNU on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays."
Swimming and Diving adds new assistant – UTSports
Ahead of the 2021-2022 season, Tennessee Vols Swimming and Diving director Matt Kredich announced Thursday that Rob Collins had been added as an assistant to the staff. Collins comes to UT after spending the last four years leading the Sierra Marlins Swim Team in California. He will work with both the Vols and Lady Vols programs.
"A rising star in the profession, Collins was one of three coaches to earn 2020 SwimSwam U.S. Club Coach of the Year honorable mention and was named the 2019 Sierra Nevada Swimming Senior Coach of the Year. He coached the men’s team to a championship at the 2019 Winter Junior Nationals West. Current Vol Jack Gillespie and Lady Vol signee Amber Myers were members of the Marlins squad under Collins’ direction."