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KNOXVILLE — The numbers suggested it was the best.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's defense cut down on the number of big plays allowed during the first half of the season.

KNOXVILLE — After Josh Malone caught the first touchdown pass of his promising young Tennessee football career, he received some friendly criticism from fellow wide receiver Marquez North.

KNOXVILLE — The silly season of college football coaching rumors and the ensuing carousel of coaches coming and going is a few weeks away from hitting full stride, but Tennessee coach Butch Jones already has seen his name thrown into it.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee football coach Butch Jones may have displayed some gamesmanship Monday when he declared the Volunteers would be in no hurry this week to name a starting quarterback for the trip to South Carolina.

KNOXVILLE -- Even 36 hours later, what happened still stung a couple of Tennessee's top defensive players.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee football coach Butch Jones believes depth charts are simply names on a piece paper that provide a talking point.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee again may be turning to Josh Dobbs for what the Volunteers hope is a late-season run to the accomplishment of its primary objective.

KNOXVILLE — Spotting any team a 27-point lead is never a good idea.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's maligned offensive line turned to its fourth different starting lineup in the season's eighth game with two starters sitting out Saturday night's visit from fourth-ranked Alabama with injuries.

KNOXVILLE — Will he or won't he?

KNOXVILLE — At 10 o'clock tonight, it will be lights out at the team hotel for the Tennessee Volunteers.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s quarterback situation appears to be a little murky heading into Saturday night’s visit from fourth-ranked Alabama.

KNOXVILLE — Across the internet message boards and radio call-in shows in and around Knoxville the past few weeks, there's been plenty of unsolicited advice for Mike Bajakian.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's quarterback situation appears to be a little murky heading into Saturday night's visit from fourth-ranked Alabama.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's defense has established itself as a good one.

KNOXVILLE -- Before Tennessee's offensive line can navigate another one of the SEC's stingiest defenses, the Volunteers will have to manage injuries to a couple of starters.

KNOXVILLE -- Curt Maggitt, Corey Vereen and Cam Sutton glanced at each other as the smiles began to form across their faces.

KNOXVILLE -- Corey Vereen may have had a breakout performance in Tennessee's loss at Ole Miss on Saturday night, but the sophomore defensive end still saw plenty of things he could have done better.

OXFORD, Miss. — The wrap on his shoulder was visible underneath his shirt and warmup jacket.

OXFORD, Miss. — For a little while it was ugly in a good way for Tennessee on a crisp Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

OXFORD, Miss. — The turnover bug again bit Tennessee in a road game against a ranked opponent.

OXFORD, Miss. — For the next six weeks or so, Jack Jones will be focused on finishing strong with his current team.

OXFORD, Miss. — For a little while it was ugly in a good way for Tennessee on a crisp Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

KNOXVILLE — For the rest of the 2014 football season, Tennessee tight end Ethan Wolf and more than 15 of his teammates will have the label linked to their names.

KNOXVILLE — The state of Tennessee is producing more SEC football players than it was a few years ago.

KNOXVILLE — One Tennessee running back is in a non-contact jersey this week.

KNOXVILLE — Marquez North would like to break the trend he created in the season's first half.

KNOXVILLE -- Marcus Jackson remembers how difficult it was to be a freshman starting offensive lineman in the SEC.

KNOXVILLE -- Throughout most of the offseason, it looked as if Emmanuel Moseley would start the season as one of Tennessee's starting cornerbacks.

KNOXVILLE -- A.J. Johnson led Tennessee in tackles in each of the past two seasons, but that did not discourage Jalen Reeves-Maybin from taking aim at that distinction in 2014.

KNOXVILLE -- With six of its teams ranked in the top 10 at some point through this season, the SEC's West Division has asserted itself as the toughest in college football.

KNOXVILLE — Fresh off spending his bye week with the Miami Dolphins back at his alma mater, former Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James took to Twitter last Wednesday to ask that fans "have faith" in the Volunteers' currently struggling offensive line.

Tennessee freshman defensive end Joe Henderson is "away from the team right now for personal reasons," a program official confirmed to the Times Free Press on Sunday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — Six games into the season, Butch Jones is still struggling to get a read on his Tennessee football team.

KNOXVILLE — With Eric Berry using his off week to return to his alma mater, Evan Berry did his best impression of his older brother, the former Tennessee superstar and current Kansas City Pro Bowl safety.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee footbvall coach Butch Jones believes his defense has overachieved this season.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee continues to add to its 2015 football recruiting class.

KNOXVILLE — Derek Barnett surged past his blocker and made a beeline for the quarterback.

KNOXVILLE — This time a week ago, Tennessee was coming off a 32-point, 401-yard game in an SEC road game against a top-15 foe.

KNOXVILLE — LaDarrell McNeil was all but written off as Tennessee's starting safety.

KNOXVILLE -- Jashon Robertson received his welcome to college football long before he found himself pass-blocking on a third-and-long at Oklahoma or paving the way for a fellow freshman at Georgia.

KNOXVILLE -- Two Southeastern Conference games, two interceptions for Tennessee's Todd Kelly Jr.

KNOXVILLE -- With his team clinging to a nervy two-point lead Saturday, Cam Sutton was inches away from an interception that could have set Tennessee up to seal a win.

KNOXVILLE -- Jalen Hurd spent parts of the second half of Tennessee's loss to Florida on Saturday on the sideline as trainers attended to his shoulder, but the freshman may not be shelved for long.

KNOXVILLE — The first question Butch Jones faced in his post game news conference following Tennessee's 10-9 loss to Florida on Saturday afternoon addressed the disparity in rushing yards and the six sacks the Volunteers allowed.

KNOXVILLE — The number next to the Florida logo on the Neyland Stadium scoreboard was only so fitting.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee took another arrow to its Achilles' heel on Saturday.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee seemed on the verge of ending its recent history of frustration against Florida.

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