Tennessee Vols morning report: Jaylen McCollough arrested

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 /

What a Monday it is for Tennessee Vols fans! They are 5-0 and getting set to face the Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend after a dominating 40-13 win over the LSU Tigers. It’s been a long time since UT was riding this high a wave of morale.

Our morning update on Rocky Top involves a lot of the aftermath of that win, but it also involves a dose of reality, as a key starter was arrested a day after this game took place. We’ll have to cover that as well, and we’ll look ahead to this Saturday’s matchup.

Beyond football, a baseball exhibition took place over the weekend along with soccer, volleyball and rowing outings. We’ll cover all of those events along with previewing upcoming events in men’s and women’s golf. Let’s dive in, starting with football.

Jaylen McCollough arrested Sunday – Matt Ray, SI.com

Starting safety Jaylen McCollough of the Tennessee Vols football team was arrested Sunday night for aggravated assault. McCollough is a three-year starter with UT.

"The police report states an unidentified male victim, who had been drinking with friends at the apartment complex, went into McCollough’s apartment by mistake. When the victim left, McCollough followed him outside, a verbal spat ensued, and McCollough punched him, causing the victim to fall down the steps."

Josh Heupel, players recap LSU win – Ben McKee, GoVols247

On the heels of their win at LSU, Tennessee football head coach Josh Heupel spoke with the media along with Hendon Hooker, Jalin Hyatt, Byron Young and Jabari Small. Heupel talked about his team’s preparation for the performance. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“What led to it was the work, effort, and preparation that our players have put into it. Our staff works hard too, I do not give enough credit to our staff. Our staff does a great job preparing and being consistent. Our players work the entire week to figure the plan out. They play with tempo, speed, and effort every week.”"

Hooker talked about the atmosphere in Death Valley amidst the dominating victory. These are his comments on that front.

"“Shoutout to Vol Nation for making the trip down here and showing up in huge numbers. I feel like their presence was definitely the difference in this game.”"

Young, who had two and a half sacks, said this was the best defensive performance of the season. Here’s his explanation for that.

"“I will say the reason for this is that we had two great days of practice, everybody locked in and doing their assignments. I feel like our preparation is the reason why we came out the way we did.”"

Small talked about how complete the performance on offense was. This is how he described it.

"“Offensively, I think we were hitting on all cylinders. I think for the most part we tried to keep Hendon (Hooker) up, let him do what he does. For the most part I think we ran the ball efficiently. Receivers did their jobs week in and week out, so I think it was a complete game for the most part. We’ve still got to clean up some things. We always could get better.”"

Hyatt added onto what Hooker said about the fans, noting that it didn’t feel like they were on the road. With two touchdown catches, including a 45-yard grab, Hyatt said big plays were part of the game plan given LSU’s style of defense. Here’s what he said.

"“That was the game plan as far as when they were going man. We wanted to see if they were going to be a drop-eight team or if they were going to come out there in man and say their guys are better than our guys, and just in the receiving room, we take that disrespectfully, especially in this offense, so I’m glad that we executed today, and we just have to continue to grow.”"

Football moves up in one poll, set to host GameDay – Noah Taylor, VolReport

With their win at LSU, the Tennessee Vols football team moved up to No. 6 in the AP Poll, and the Alabama Crimson Tide fell to No. 3. They remained No. 8 in the Coaches Poll while Alabama was No. 1. ESPN College GameDay is headed to Rocky Top for the UT-Bama matchup this week.

"GameDay won’t be the only ESPN-affiliated show in town, either.SEC Network’s morning pregame show, SEC Nation, also announced that it will air live from campus that morning — as will the Paul Finebaum Show on Friday before the game."

Baseball wins fall scrimmage vs. Wake Forest – Eric Cain, VolQuest

On Sunday, the Tennessee Vols baseball team defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in an exhibition game. The matchup went 18 innings.

"Tony Vitello’s club handled the Demon Deacons overall on the afternoon, winning 13-9. Wake Forest took the first part of the exhibition 5-4 before Tennessee cruised in the second phase of the contest, 9-4."

Soccer defeats Georgia – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com

For the third straight game and seventh time this season, the Tennessee Lady Vols pitched a shutout. UT improved to 9-3-1 and 5-1 in the SEC with a victory over the Georgia Bulldogs Sunday, who fell to 8-5-1 and 2-3-1 in league play. It was the Lady Vols’ third fourth straight win.

"Claudia Dipasupil scored for Tennessee on an unassisted goal in the 77th minute. Jaida Thomas extended the Lady Vols’ advantage to 2-0 less than one minute later. Taylor Huff and Mackenzie George were credited with an assist on the Lady Vols’ second goal."

Volleyball sweeps South Carolina – UT Daily Beacon

At home over the weekend, the Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks twice. UT is now 10-8 and 4-2 in SEC play on the year.

"Tennessee won a five set thriller on Saturday (25-27, 25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13). The Lady Vols followed up their performance with a sweep on Sunday (25-15, 26-24, 25-22)."

Rowing wraps up Secret City Head Race – UTSports

In their first outing of the year, the Tennessee Lady Vols rowing team competed in the Secret City Head Race in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Saturday and Sunday.

"Up next, Tennessee will compete in the world-renowned Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 22-23."

Men’s golf set for Purdue Fall Invitational – UTSports

The Tennessee Vols men’s golf team heads to Indiana Monday to take part in the two-day Purdue Fall Invitational event.

"The event is in its second year of existence and consists of three total rounds—36 holes of continuous play on Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday."

Women’s golf set for Illini Women’s Invitational at MedinahUTSports

Three weeks after their last outing, which was in Knoxville, the Tennessee Lady Vols golf team is back on the road. UT heads to Illinois for the Illini Women’s Invitational, hosted by the Illinois Fighting Illini.

"The tournament will be a two-day, 54-hole event, with the opening two rounds scheduled for Monday, followed by round three on Tuesday."