Nobody’s ever happy about it being Monday, but this is a different type of Monday for the Tennessee Vols. Fall sports are underway, and football season starts this week. That’s not the case for UT football, but the start of that season is only a week and a half away, so excitement is always at its peak around this time.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with more coverage surrounding the next step in the preseason for the football program. Friday marked the end of camp, and we’ll look back on some details that were revealed heading into the weekend, some involving personnel.
Beyond football, other sports are actually underway. Soccer had its second match of the season this past weekend, and volleyball had an exhibition, so it’s safe to say the season has taken off. There is plenty for us to cover involving all of that, but let’s start with the Tennessee Vols football program and what’s happening there.
Josh Heupel recaps the end of fall camp – Grant Ramey, GoVols247
On Friday, Josh Heupel spoke to the media as the Tennessee Vols football program ended fall camp. He confirmed that there’s no eligibility update on USC Trojans transfer Bru McCoy, and it was reported Sunday by VolQuest that Clemson Tigers transfer Lyn-J Dixon is no longer with the program. Here’s a bit of what else Heupel said in terms of depth compared to last year.
"“Just in pure numbers, athletic movement, skill sets, much deeper, in particular on the defensive side of the football. It’s evident in some of the skill spots. Offensively, too.”"
Volleyball wins exhibition – UTSports
The Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team defeated the Belmont Bruins in three sets Saturday in an exhibition matchup. They will play their first official match on Friday, Aug. 26 against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers.
"UT’s fresh faces played a key role in the victory with freshman Kadynce Boothe and sophomore transfer Erykah Lovett starting all three frames. Graduate transfer Abigail Matoso appeared in sets one and three, while Oregon transfer Kylie Robinson started the third set."
Soccer ties SMU – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com
After losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels on the road to open the season last Thursday, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team tied the SMU Mustangs 1-1 in their home opener Sunday, which leaves them still searching for their first win of the Joe Kirt era. They will next face the Duke Blue Devils at home on Thursday.
"The Mustangs (1-0-1) scored first when Peyton Annen tallied in the 41st minute. Courtney Sebazco was credited with an assist on the first goal of the match.The Lady Vols scored an equalizer midway through the second half. Jaida Thomas scored past SMU goalkeeper Samantha Estrada."