Multiple reports surfaced over the past week that former Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings will likely be reinstated to the Vols’ program.
Jennings was dismissed from the team in November after posting a profanity-laced tirade directed toward UT’s coaching staff to Instagram.
Despite the reports of Jennings potentially being welcomed back into the fold, nothing official has been announced yet. But on Thursday, Jennings posted something to Instagram that certainly makes it seem like he will be returning to the Vols.
Here’s what he said…
“Vol Nation one last season ! Support has to be there like never before !!!! If yur a #VFL…. #beaVFL !!”
Is this Jennings confirming that he’s getting back his roster spot? We’ll leave that up for you to decide but it certainly looks that way.
According to multiple reports, former Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty will likely be joining the Vols’ staff. For the past year, Hardesty has been an offensive assistant under Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic.
Before his stint at FAU, Hardesty worked as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Norfolk State during the 2015–16 season.
Hardesty played for the Vols from 2005 to 2009 and he ran for 2,391 yards and scored 27 touchdowns during his career. After a spectacular senior season, Hardesty was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played for three seasons with the Browns and then moved on to coaching at the college level after battling multiple injuries.
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Dormady started in five games for the Vols in the 2016 season but he was replaced by redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano after a 41–0 loss to Georgia. Dormady threw for 925 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions during his time leading UT’s offense.
Tennessee sophomore forward Grant Williams has been named the SEC Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Williams is averaging 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds so far in the 2017 season but he had a breakout week in two games against Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.
Williams scored a career high 37 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Vols’ win over the Commodores and he added nine points and five rebounds in a victory over the Aggies.
This is the first SEC Player of the Week honors for the Charlotte, NC native. Williams’ 37 point performance was the most points in a single game by a Tennessee player since Ron Slay scored 38 against New Mexico in 2003.
No. 24 Tennessee tallied another nice conference win with a 75–62 victory over Texas A&M inside Thompson Boling Arena on Saturday night. The Vols are now 3–2 in SEC play after starting out 0–2, and they sit at 12–4 overall.
Here’s a few observations from the game…
Winning without Grant Williams
Star sophomore forward Grant Williams was definitely a factor for Tennessee against the Aggies but he wasn’t anywhere near his regular level of fairly dominant play, adding just nine points and five rebounds. Despite this, other Vols picked up the slack and carried Rick Barnes’ squad to a win. Jordan Bowden dropped in 15 points, Admiral Schofield had 12, and perhaps most impressively, Kyle Alexander came through with a 14-point performance. One of the marks of a great team is still winning when you’re not clicking on all cylinders and Tennessee did that tonight.
Dominant on the boards
Texas A&M had a clear height advantage over the Big Orange and yet, UT finished the game with a 38–29 advantage on the boards. Rebounding has been a problem at times for Tennessee but in the last three games, they’ve come up big on the glass. Rebounding is a cornerstone of good basketball and if the Vols keep cleaning up under the basket like they have been lately, that can only be a good thing.
Jordan Bowden needs to be more involved
Rick Barnes has a secretly lethal asset in Jordan Bowden. The sophomore guard is one of the best three-point shooters in the SEC and he also has a penchant for mid-range jumpers. On Saturday, Bowden came up big with 15 points, shooting a perfect 8–8 from the free throw line. Not to mention, he’s also a solid perimeter defender. Whether it’s Bowden gaining confidence in himself or his teammates facilitating him more often, he needs to get involved more often in UT’s offense. Obviously, the Vols need all the points they can get, so why not get more from one of the best scorers on the floor?
Tennessee plays next at Missouri on Wednesday, January 17th at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be aired on the SEC Network.