The premature end to the Tennessee Vols baseball season Sunday marks an end to all athletics for the 2021-2022 athletic school year. Now, it’s time to look ahead, and that began immediately Monday on the football front with new talent joining UT’s program after a long wait. It’s time to move on from the present to excitement, a staple of Vol Nation.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with that new talent arriving on the football front. There are 12 new players in the system now, and unless any new transfers or late commitments decide to join Big Orange Country, the whole team has now arrived for the 2022 season.
Beyond football, there is still a look back on the baseball season to cover, as two players received postseason honors on Monday, which we’ll cover. Finally, continuing to look ahead, a press conference involving the new cross country director took place Monday as well, so there’s plenty of news. Let’s start with football.
Summer enrollees arrive for football – Patrick Brown, GoVols247
Eight members of the Tennessee Vols football team’s original 2022 recruiting class plus one late addition and three transfers all joined the program Monday as summer classes begin. The team is now complete and set to get ready for 2022.
The Vols added 14 newcomers in January and all of those players went through spring practice.
Two baseball Vols earn Freshman All-America – Sportswriters.net
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named a pair of Tennessee Vols baseball pitchers to its Freshman All-American team Monday. Drew Beam and Chase Burns both made the list. Tony Vitello’s team joined the Virginia Tech Hokies as the only two schools that had multiple players make the first team.
Oregon State (1 first team, 1 second team), Tennessee (2 first team), Virginia Tech (2 first team), UCLA (1 first team, 1 second team) and Indiana (2 second team) were tied for the lead with two Freshman All-America honorees each. The ACC led all conferences with eight players selected to the two teams, placing six players on the first team and two on the second team.
Duane Ross was introduced as the Tennessee Vols new Head Coach and Director of Track and Field Monday, and Sean Carlson was introduced as the new Head Coach and Director of Cross Country/Distance. They replace Beth Alford-Sullivan, who directed both programs.
Ross takes over the Tennessee track & field program after 10 seasons leading North Carolina A&T. He led the North Carolina A&T men to a third-place finish at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships, resulting in co-National Coach of the Year honors.
Carlson comes to Rocky Top after spending the last 10 years at Notre Dame, transforming its distance group into one of the nation’s elite. During his stay in South Bend, Indiana, he guided athletes to four American collegiate records, 13 school records, 29 NCAA All-America performances, two NCAA records and three NCAA championships.