Tennessee Vols morning report: Josh Heupel continues LSU prep

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 /

The trip to Death Valley for the Tennessee Vols, and their return from their bye week, is now only two days away. At 4-0 and in the top 10, this is obviously a huge matchup, and Josh Heupel will have lots of eyes on his program for the game.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with more interviews involving Heupel. He took part in two of his weekly media sessions Wednesday, and one of the football assistants also took part in one of them. We’ll cover all of them.

Beyond football, we’ve got a men’s golf award, a news story on men’s basketball news story, a volleyball recap, a soccer preview and ongoing coverage of men’s and women’s tennis events to bring you, so it’s a loaded Thursday. As always, we start with football.

Josh Heupel talks LSU at SEC Teleconference – SECSports

At the weekly SEC Teleconference Wednesday, Tennessee Vols football head coach Josh Heupel discussed his team’s visit to the Tigers. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“Everybody in the program is excited about the challenge ahead of us. Early part of the week, practices have been good. Really good football team (in LSU). I think they continue to get better as this season’s gone on.”"

Vol Calls features Josh Heupel, Brian Jean-Mary – UTSports

This week’s version of Vol calls featured Josh Heupel and Tennessee football linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary. Heupel discussed what the team accomplished during the open week. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“We got a lot accomplished, some of that being practice on the grass with the guys. Got our young guys some work. Got some vets that got work. Back to fundamentals a little bit. You’ve got more time to do that in a bye week and got some guys healthier as well, and then as a coaching staff, got an opportunity to go out on the road and take our brand and go do some recruiting, which was good for our staff. Some guys went out on Thursday, pretty much everybody was out on Friday and a couple guys on Saturday, too.”"

Jean-Mary talked about the linebacker unit as a whole and how they’re doing. This is how he described that group.

"“We have a veteran group, guys that have played a lot of snaps in the SEC, and that’s starting to show with their play on the field. I think they’ve done a good job. We’ve got a good mix of veteran guys and some youth with Elijah Herring and Kalib Perry, so I like our guys, our first four guys as far as Jeremy Banks, Juwan Mitchell, Aaron Beasley and Solon Page.”"

Men’s, women’s basketball to host open scrimmage – UT Daily Beacon

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols basketball teams will hold open scrimmages at Thompson-Boling Arena. The women’s scrimmage will go from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the men’s scrimmage will go from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"The Lady Vols’ have a preseason game against Carson Newman on Oct. 30 at Thompson-Boling Arena and their season officially tips off Nov. 8 against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.…The Vols have an exhibition game on Oct. 28 against Gonzaga in Frisco, Texas, before their first official game on Nov. 7 against Tennessee Tech at Thompson-Boling Arena."

Caleb Surratt recognized by SEC – SECSports

After winning the individual title at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, his first tournament in college, Tennessee Vols freshman Caleb Surratt was named SEC Men’s Golfer of the Week. Surratt shot 18-under during the 54-hole tournament.

"Over the course of the weekend, Surratt made 22 birdies with just two bogeys and one double bogey."

Volleyball falls to Florida – Caleb Jarreau, UT Daily Beacon

Coming off a 10-day rest, the Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team fell to the Florida Gators Wednesday in four sets. UT fell to 8-8 on the year and 2-2 in the SEC.

"The Lady Vols outhit Florida .302% to .275%. Tennessee also tied Florida in blocks with seven. Florida came into the night leading the SEC in blocks."

Soccer set to host Missouri – UTSports

Riding high from their first win over a ranked team last week, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team returns home to face the Missouri Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

"Tennessee (7-3-1, 3-1 SEC) enters the match with some momentum, having taken down previously undefeated and 13th-ranked Ole Miss on the road on Friday in a 1-0 victory.…Mizzou (4-5-2, 1-2-1 SEC) comes to Knoxville on the heels of a 0-0 tie against #21 Mississippi State at home on Friday."

Men’s tennis earns multiple victories at ITA Championship – WeAreCollegeTennis

There was one doubles and one singles victory for the Tennessee Vols at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships Wednesday. Emile Hudd defeated Iñaki Montes of the Virginia Cavaliers in singles. Hudd and Shunsuke Mitsui defeated Daniel De Jonge and Tim Zeitvogel of Pepperdine in Doubles. All advanced to the main draw.

"The ITA Men’s All-American Championships will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma; October 1-9, 2022. The event will be held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa and Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma."

Rebeka Mertena advances at women’s ITA Championship – WeAreCollegeTennis

As the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s All-American Championships got underway Wednesday, Tennessee Lady Vols senior Rebeka Mertena advanced to the Round of 16. Mertena defeated Ayana Akli of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

"Since 1983, the ITA Women’s All-American Championships have featured the nation’s top NCAA Division I players and have been a pioneer in women’s college tennis. In addition, the event has created milestones that have directly influenced the popularity of women’s collegiate tennis over the years."