Tennessee Vols morning report: 2022 football SEC Legends Class

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 /

It’s fitting that the same week the Tennessee Vols football team travels to Baton Rouge, La., to face the LSU Tigers, the SEC announces one of their greatest legends, who hails from Louisiana, would be honored this year. That’s as big of news as LSU prep.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the news surrounding this legend. However, coverage of LSU still made news, as we’ve got another football press conference to bring you, the final one before Saturday’s kickoff.

In addition to football, we’ve got a recap in soccer to discuss and ongoing coverage of men’s and women’s tennis events. Simply put, there is plenty to touch on entering the second weekend of October. Let’s start with the football news, though.

Peyton Manning named to SEC Legends Class – SECSports

A quarter century after leading the Tennessee Vols football team to the SEC Championship, Peyton Manning is finally being recognized by the league. Manning is part of the 2022 SEC Legends Class.

"Peyton Manning finished his illustrious career holding 42 NCAA, SEC and Tennessee records. In 1997, Manning captured the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards plus All-America honors and won the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete. Manning became the fourth player in NCAA history to pass for 11,000 yards as he threw for more than 300 yards in 18 games, leading the Vols to the 1997 SEC Championship."

Josh Heupel speaks one last time before LSU – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

Ahead of the Tennessee Vols football team’s visit to the Tigers Saturday, head coach Josh Heupel held one final press conference. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“Obviously it will be a great environment. Crowd noise is a part of it any time you go on the road. But, you know, we practice the crowd noise, force the communication that is going to be needed during the course of game day, too.”"

Soccer defeats Missouri – Ken Lay, VolsWire

For the sixth time this year, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team pitched a shutout Thursday. UT improved to 8-3-1 and 4-1 in the SEC with a 2-0 win over the Missouri Tigers.

"Goalkeeper Lindsey Romig recorded four saves for the Lady Vols. Tennessee was outshot by the Tigers, 15-14. Four of Missouri’s shots were on goal. Six of Tennessee’s scoring chances landed on goal."

Men’s tennis wraps up ITA All-American Championships main draw – WeAreCollegeTennis

On Thursday, the Tennessee Vols men’s tennis program won one of three matches, including a split in singles play.  Shunsuke Mitsui defeated Jacob Bickersteth of the Michigan Wolverines, but Emile Hudd lost to Garrett Johns of the Duke Blue Devils. Hudd and Mitsui lost in doubles to Trent Bryde and Ethan Quinn of the Georgia Bulldogs.

"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 continues ITA All-American Championships success – UTSports

After her big win Wednesday, Tennessee Lady Vols tennis senior Rebeka Mertena defeated  Duke’s Georgia Drummy on Thursday. Mertena and Esther Adeshina defeated Ayumi Miyamoto and Kristina Novak of the Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the Doubles Consolation Draw.

"The victory marks Mertena’s first career top-10 victory and her 21st career ranked win. She advances to the quarterfinals of the tournament where she faces North Carolina’s Anika Yarlagadda who enters the match off of an upset of second-seeded Daria Frayman from Princeton.…Action kicks off at 10 a.m. tomorrow with singles play, followed by doubles at 2 p.m. when Mertena/Adeshina face Jessica Alsola and Katja Wiersholm from Cal."