Defensive Emphasis for Vols

By Alex Norman 4th and 14… It was the down and distance that many Vols fans have forever burned into their psyche. Making a stop on 4th and 14 against the Florida Gators last September not only would have snapped Tennessee’s 10 game losing streak to their rivals, but would have given the Vols the […]

Tee Higgins picks Clemson over Vols

By Alex Norman Most college football coaches love to talk about the importance of recruiting their home state, the whole “put up a wall around the borders” thing… Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has made recruiting the Volunteer state a priority since he arrived in Knoxville in December of 2012.  Getting players like Nashville’s Derek […]

The Vols are Back… Will They Be Better?

By Alex Norman   Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, and seniors Josh Dobbs, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton are in a much different situation today than the one they faced in 2013. Back then they were getting started on the rebuilding process in Knoxville… a first year coach and three freshmen trying to find a […]

Tennessee pays $2.48 million for (some) peace and quiet

By Alex Norman The ticket sales are up.  The anticipation is growing.  The car flags are back. The biggest football season in at least a decade is less than 7 weeks away.  So the last thing Tennessee wanted to do is answer question after question in the preseason about the pending Title IX lawsuit, in […]

What do I do for sports now?

By Alex Norman And welcome to the down time… On Sunday the NBA season came to a close with Game 7 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers.  This article is being written before that game tips off, so remember that if Cleveland doesn’t win, that’s further proof that LeBron James isn’t Michael Jordan and that […]

Is Kahlil McKenzie ready to take next step?

By Alex Norman   It is cliché, but there is still truth to the old adage that championships are won in football on the front lines.  Tennessee’s defensive line has the potential to be dominant, but right now it isn’t anywhere near full strength.  Key contributors like Derek Barnett, Shy Tuttle and Kyle Phillips missed […]

Baylor… Mississippi State… Who’s Next for Moral Failings?

By Alex Norman If you ever wonder if there will come a day when most of college athletics will be a place in which the adults do the right thing… save your mental energy. That day will never come. The most high profile recent examples come from Waco and Starkville… two cities that aren’t exactly […]

Q&A with Todd Kelly Jr.

By Alex Norman   When the opportunity arises we like to have conversations with the playmakers around town.  Recently we had the chance to sit down with Tennessee junior safety Todd Kelly Jr., and talked about, among other things, his life-long connection to Knoxville and the Vols, as well as his thoughts on new Tennessee […]

Q&A with Rashaan Gaulden

By Alex Norman When the opportunity arises we like to have conversations with the playmakers around town.  Recently we had the chance to sit down with Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden, and talked about, among other things, his return from injury, and those sky high expectations for the Vols…   Knoxville Focus: Certainly there has […]

The Man in the Middle for Tennessee

  By Alex Norman He’s become the main man on the Tennessee defense. Darrin Kirkland Jr. collected 66 tackles as a true freshman in 2015… and he’s just getting started. “Coming into year two I have more confidence and my teammates have more confidence in me so that’s the biggest thing from year 1-2,” said […]

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