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KNOXVILLE — Tennessee receiver Cody Blanc will miss the 2014 season after rupturing the Achilles' tendon in his right foot during the Volunteers' first preseason practice last Friday.

KNOXVILLE — After poor practices on Sunday and Monday drew the ire of head coach Butch Jones, Tennessee appeared to be a sharper, more focused football team during the early parts of Tuesday's practice.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee might not have had its worst football practice under second-year coach Butch Jones on Monday.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee had its first position switch of its preseason football practices Monday.

Observations from Tennessee's football practice on Monday afternoon

KNOXVILLE — If you're ever near the wide receivers at Tennessee's football practices, you're likely going to hear Von Pearson's voice.

KNOXVILLE — It took Willie Martinez barely a split-second to answer the question.

KNOXVILLE — In a recruiting class bearing the heavy weight of lofty expectations, the bar is set highest for Jalen Hurd.

KNOXVILLE — Ethan Wolf came to Tennessee as the less-heralded of the Volunteers' tandem of freshman tight ends. It's not taken him long to reach the top of the position's pecking order, though.

KNOXVILLE — Corey Vereen knows his role in Tennessee's defense is expanding this season.

KNOXVILLE — For many Tennessee football players, it took too long for 7 o'clock to roll around Friday night.

KNOXVILLE — Brian Randolph was tired of the ribbing from his head coach.

KNOXVILLE — When he landed in California to train with renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield in May, Josh Dobbs expected he'd pick up some pointers to become better at the position.

KNOXVILLE — Marquez North is an easy pick to be the breakout star for Tennessee's football offense in 2014, but the sophomore receiver hardly sees himself as a star just yet.

KNOXVILLE — A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt were there three years ago.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee is just a couple of days away from starting its second season under coach Butch Jones. As the Volunteers get set to open preseason practice on Friday night, here are five questions they must answer ahead of the 2014 season opener against Utah State in 31 days.

KNOXVILLE — When Tennessee opens preseason football practice at Haslam Field on Friday evening, most of the eyes will be on the 32 freshmen who caused such a stir when they joined the Volunteers' 2014 recruiting class.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee walk-on point guard Brandon Lopez will miss his senior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing pickup ball with his teammates over the weekend.

KNOXVILLE — In more than seven years as a head football coach, Butch Jones probably has never faced a task quite like the one he faces with the 2014 edition of the Tennessee Volunteers.

KNOXVILLE — Curt Maggitt has spent increasingly more time in the University of Tennessee's defensive line meeting room over the past few months.

KNOXVILLE — Detrick Mostella can exhale.

KNOXVILLE — It's the question University of Tennessee center Mack Crowder probably got the most at SEC media days last week.

KNOXVILLE — Their father set the standard.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's trend of playing neutral-site football games is showing no signs of slowing down.

KNOXVILLE — None of the 32 players in the University of Tennessee's touted 2014 football recruiting class lived closer to their future home than Todd Kelly.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's defense received some welcomed news on Monday night.

KNOXVILLE — Ryan Johnson didn't spend Saturday in Knoxville attending the Tennessee football program's second "Orange Carpet Day" event of the summer.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee capped its second "Orange Carpet Day" of the summer with another flurry of commitments, including two for a growing 2015 class.

KNOXVILLE — It all started more than a dozen years ago for Dillon Bates.

HOOVER, Ala. — Kentucky's quarterback situation is no nearer a solution than it was when the Wildcats' spring practice ended a couple of months ago, and that means Reese Phillips remains very much in the mix.

HOOVER, Ala. — Another log was thrown on top of Bo Wallace's motivational fire while the Ole Miss quarterback was on the way to SEC media days Thursday morning.

For the fourth time in the past five seasons, Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide was the SEC media’s preseason selection to win the conference title as the league released its preseason poll and all-conference teams before the final day of this week’s media days began on Thursday morning.

HOOVER, Ala. — The Missouri tandem that terrorized the SEC during the Tigers' unlikely run to a division title a season ago now is in the NFL.

HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema may prefer to play his football at a slower pace, but he certainly talks fast.

HOOVER, Ala. — An early Tuesday afternoon interview with a radio station complete, A.J. Johnson grabbed the placard bearing his name, affiliation and image and proudly posed for a couple of pictures.

HOOVER, Ala. — Tennessee's thin basketball frontcourt took a hit late Tuesday morning.

HOOVER, Ala. — The field was trimmed by one, but the race is still going.

HOOVER, Ala. — The style atop the Vanderbilt football program appears to be very different from what it's been the past three years.

KNOXVILLE -- A handful of legacy players formed the foundation of Tennessee's 2014 football signing class.

KNOXVILLE — Armani Moore is one of the few.

KNOXVILLE — To replenish a depleted roster, new Tennessee men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall resorted to finding fifth-year transfers, junior college players and released high school signees.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee freshman lineman Charles Mosley was injured in a car accident on Sunday, and the Volunteers are awaiting word on the extent of Mosley's injury.

KNOXVILLE — Most of Tennessee's football coaching staff is enjoying some vacation time with an NCAA-mandated dead period causing recruiting to slow down just a little bit.

KNOXVILLE — Since arriving on Tennessee's campus at the end of May, Willie Carmichael has added roughly 16 pounds to his spindly 6-foot-8 frame.

KNOXVILLE -- Donnie Tyndall claims he slept four-and-a-half hours on Tuesday night.

KNOXVILLE -- Three days was all Jocquez Bruce needed.

KNOXVILLE — Like many young quarterbacks around the country, JaVaughn Craig has watched episodes of Jon Gruden's "Gruden's QB Camp" on ESPN, where the former Super Bowl-winning coach and current Monday Night Football analyst interviews, critiques and instructs quarterbacks heading into the NFL draft.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's quarterback camp over the weekend included a visit from Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden and a catchy slogan.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee won't open Donnie Tyndall's tenure as its men's basketball coach on an aircraft carrier, as some teams in college hoops have done in recent seasons.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's quarterback camp over the weekend included a visit from Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden and a catchy slogan.

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