News Round Up

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First off Spring Practice begins today It will be the new staffs first chance to see what these players can do on the field in person since coming to Knoxville. The staff has already begun to shake things up by moving Rico McCoy a 2-year starter at weak side linebacker to strong side. Linebacker coach, Lance Thompson, believes this will free McCoy up to rush the passer more. Sacks are definitely expected to come at a premium this year following the loss of Robert Ayers and the continued lack of depth at defensive tackle. Thus, any added production from McCoy who has knack for big plays would be a big bonus for the defense.

The staff has also already been at work shaking things up on the offensive side of the ball moving a pair of tight ends. Redshirt freshmen, Aaron Douglas to tackle and former Florida State standout, Brandon Warren, to wide receiver.

The battle for the starting quarterback job also became clearer following Nick Stephens wrist injury. Stephens is expected be out 3 to 4 works after he injured his wrist falling during a non-contact drill. This opens up the door for Jon Crompton to emerge as the starter once again going into fall camp. One can only hope his bounce pass will have a little more zing on it this year.

In other news, Coach Kiffin has continued to make waves. South Carolina recruit Alshon Jeffreys, was the subject of a fierce recruiting battle between Tennessee, USC, and South Carolina. Recently told ESPN’s Chris Low that Lane Kiffin told him that if he chose the Gamecocks, he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state that had gone to South Carolina.

What can I say? Kiffin is the man.

As recruiting battles heat up, oddsmakers in Vegas and elsewhere begin to make their opinions known.
If online betting is your thing, remember,
this is Coach Kiffin's first class, the class of 2014, and they won't see the field for
another year (or two if they red-shirt). Be smart when wagering and know your limits.

Friday’s practice the first in full pads will be open to the public in Neyland Stadium you can read more in Kiffin’s letter to the fans here:

Lastly, The Vols added yet one more prospect to the 2009 recruiting class when Oklahoma native David Oku picked Tennessee over Auburn and Syracuse. Oku is the second rated all-purpose back on and should be a strong addition to the Vols backfield in the future.

Check out David Oku: