Tennessee Vols morning report: Rick Barnes talks 2022-23 preseason

Although it’s early in the year, the Tennessee Vols football team is in the midst of a much-deserved bye week. Excitement continues to surround the program after its huge win over the Florida Gators this past weekend, and plenty of news came from that still on Monday.

Our morning update on Rocky Top includes some of the news related to the football program. Part of that is weekly awards won by different players, but another part involves its effect on scheduling for UT’s next game.

Speaking of scheduling, women’s basketball has scheduling update for the year, and men’s basketball preseason is about to be underway, a huge part of our news. We’ll close with ongoing coverage of a men’s golf event and a preview of a women’s tennis event.

Hendon Hooker, Javontez Spraggins recognized by SEC – SECSports

Thanks to their performances in the Tennessee Vols football team’s 38-33 win over Florida, Hendon Hooker and Javontez Spraggins earned weekly Southeastern Conference Awards. Hooker was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, and Spraggins was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Hooker played perhaps the best game of his career, accounting for 461 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as No. 11 Tennessee beat No. 20 Florida, 38-33.

Spraggins paved the way for a Tennessee offense that accumulated 576 total offensive yards as the No. 11 Vols topped No. 20 Florida, 38-33, for their first win in the series since 2016.

Kickoff time set for LSU – SECSports

A week from Saturday, Tennessee football will return from its bye with a trip to the LSU Tigers. The game will kick off at Noon ET and be televised on ESPN.

October 8 includes the annual CBS doubleheader that features a primetime game with Auburn at Georgia scheduled for 3:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm CT and Texas A&M at Alabama beginning at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT.

The Saturday SEC Network triple-header on October 8 will feature Arkansas at Mississippi State in the first game of the day, Ole Miss at Vanderbilt in the afternoon window and South Carolina at Kentucky in primetime.

Rick Barnes talks preseason – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

With Tennessee Vols men’s basketball preseason set to start today, head coach Rick Barnes spoke with the media Monday. Here’s a bit of what he said about what they need to work on.

“I think the biggest the thing would be, from a year ago, can we continue to develop what we need to do inside. Because at the end of last year, teams were really trying to force us to go in there and play with our back to the basket, mainly. And we’ve got to get better there. I think we have, because it’s been a real emphasis in the offseason. There’s nothing, when it comes to the fundamentals of the game, that we’re not going to work on everyday. We’re happy with the improvement of all the guys.”

Lady Vols add two games – Cora Hall, Knoxville News Sentinel

On Monday, the Tennessee women’s basketball program announced the addition of the Colorado Buffaloes on Nov. 25 and the Chattanooga Mocs on Dec. 6 to their 2022-23 schedule. Both will be played at home.

The two extra games bump up Tennessee’s nonconference slate at home to 10 games and 18 home games overall this season. It will be the most regular-season home games in a season since 2014-15, which had 18 regular-season games at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Golf continues SEC Match Play Championships – UTSports

The Tennessee Vols men’s golf team has advanced to the championship match in the SEC Match Play Championships. Currently second place on the leaderboard, UT will face the Vanderbilt Commodores, who are in first, at 12:15 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Tennessee carded the lowest round three score in the 14-team field, shooting 12-under on Monday. Overall, Tennessee posted an 805 team score of 35-under, which is the sixth best 54-hole score in relation to par in program history.

Women’s tennis Lady Vols set for ITF Hilton Head – UTSports

Two more Tennessee Lady Vols tennis players will open their fall season Tuesday. Daria Kuczer and Eleonora Molinaro are in South Carolina to take part in the ITF W15 Hilton Head.

Kuczer enters her final season of collegiate eligibility with a 63-31 career record in singles after going 20-12 a season ago.

Molinaro, a junior, had a breakout season a year ago to the tune of 25-12 in singles play.