Tennessee Vols morning report: Alex Golesh talks offense ahead of opener

Tennessee fans cheer during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Ole Miss at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.Kns Tennessee Ole Miss Football
Tennessee fans cheer during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Ole Miss at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.Kns Tennessee Ole Miss Football /

As the start of the Tennessee Vols football season inches closer, coaches have moved from fall camp mode to game-week preparations. Preseason news continues to roll in involving UT as well. Simply put, things happening with the program right now are football centric.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with lots of those stories. The news for Monday was light, so we are including stories from then and Tuesday, including another All-SEC team, more recognition for Hendon Hooker and an arrest. There’s also an interview to bring you.

That’s all on the gridiron. The Lady Vols have their own news as well, including women’s basketball and softball, and we’ll touch on both of those. Let’s start, however, with everything surrounding the football program right now.

Alex Golesh talks offense after fall camp – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

On Tuesday, Tennessee Vols football offensive coordinator Alex Golesh met with the media to discuss the depth of the offense at each position and where things are at ahead of their opener against the Ball State Cardinals. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“It’s easier in Year Two. The expectations are also higher and the standards are also higher, so our job as coaches, hold them to that standard and then if they don’t achieve that standard, put their feet to the fire.”"

Eight Vols earn Coaches All-SEC – SECSports

Just like the media preseason All-SEC team, Tennessee football had eight Coaches Preseason All-SEC players for 2022 as well. There was one more first teamer this time, as Cedric Tillman made it there instead of second team. Also, Jabari Small made third team instead of Cooper Mays. Everybody else was the same.

"Alabama placed a league-leading 19 representatives on the 2022 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team, the SEC announced on Tuesday. Georgia was second with 10 representatives, while Texas A&M had nine."

Linebacker suspended following arrest – Carissa Simpson, WVLT

William Mohan has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest over the weekend. The Tennessee Vols football linebacker is facing an aggravated domestic assault charge.

"On Saturday, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in South Knoxville. The report stated that Mohan had already left by the time officers arrived."

Hendon Hooker on Manning Award Watch List – AllStateSugarBowl.org

In addition to being on the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Watch List, Tennessee Vols football quarterback Hendon Hooker is also on a watch list partially named after a UT legend. Hooker is one of 30 players on the Manning Award Preseason Watch List.

"The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting."

New Voice of Lady Vols basketball announced – UTSports

After 10 years as the Tennessee Lady Vols softball radio play-by-play announcer, Brian Rice has been announced as the new Voice of the Lady Vols in women’s basketball. He replaces Mickey Dearstone, who announced his retirement this past spring after 23 seasons.

"Rice, a Knoxville native who became a Big Orange fan-favorite behind the microphone at softball games and served as a fill-in for Mickey Dearstone on two UT women’s hoops broadcasts in 2020, will handle radio play-by-play duties and host The Kellie Harper TV Show. He also will assist with other related duties in promoting the winningest program in women’s college basketball history, which enters the 2022-23 campaign ranked No. 4 nationally in ESPN’s “Way-Too-Early” Top 25."

Softball fall schedule announced – Dan Harralson, VolsWire

Karen Weekly announced the 2022 Tennessee Lady Vols softball fall schedule Monday. Play begins Sunday, Sept. 25 and will end Sunday, Oct. 23.

"The Lady Vols will play eight home contests at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Admission is free for all fall contests and gates will open one hour prior to first pitch."