KNOXVILLE — For the most part, Tennessee's football coaching staff felt its defense turned in a solid performance on the road against the nation's fourth-ranked team.
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee lost two quarterbacks to similar thumb injuries during the 2013 season.
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee sorely missed freshman tight end Ethan Wolf in Saturday night's loss at No. 4 Oklahoma, but the Volunteers hope to have him back for the trip to Georgia following an open date this week.
NORMAN, Okla. — No player will welcome Tennessee's upcoming open date more than Justin Worley.
NORMAN, Okla. — Overwhelmed often and outmatched nearly all night, Tennessee's football team ought to leave Oklahoma with some semblance of pride and encouragement.
NORMAN, Okla. — Facing its biggest test of the embryonic football season so far, Tennessee's shaky running game again struggled against one of the nation's best defensive fronts.
NORMAN, Okla. — Jim Mallicote and his three friends were part of the thousands of Tennessee fans who trekked west to Oklahoma to see the Volunteers play the fourth-ranked team in the country.
Tennessee's last road win against a ranked team — at Georgia in 2006 — came nearly eight years and 19 games ago, and the Vols last knocked off a top-five team on the road at LSU in 2005.
KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley had an inkling of what was coming next.
KNOXVILLE — For a third consecutive game, Tennessee's defensive line is facing an athletic quarterback and an up-tempo offense.
KNOXVILLE — In its third game of 2013, Tennessee went to Oregon short a couple of wide receivers because of injury and started Vincent Dallas, who played on defense for part of preseason training camp and actually left the program the following month, between two true freshmen.
KNOXVILLE — There was a time when the anxiety replaced the appetite for Todd Kelly Jr.
KNOXVILLE — If Kyler Kerbyson knows where on Tennessee's offensive line he'll play this week, he is unwilling to reveal it.
KNOXVILLE — As Tennessee football coach Butch Jones watched Oklahoma dismantle Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in January, he probably tried not to think about the trip to Norman the rebuilding Volunteers were taking nine months later.
KNOXVILLE — For a brief stretch late in the third quarter, Tennessee's 34-19 win against Arkansas State on Saturday became the Owen Williams Show.
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee received positive news regarding two key players that suffered injuries in Saturday's win against Arkansas State.
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's coaches and players spent most of last week talking about how they intended to improve the lackluster rushing attack the Volunteers showed in their season opener.
KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones quickly corrected himself.
KNOXVILLE — Chris Weatherd was the last member of Tennessee's touted 2014 recruiting class to arrive on campus.
KNOXVILLE — Even though he's only a sophomore, Jalen Reeves-Maybin may as well be considered one of Tennessee's veteran players.
KNOXVILLE — The ultimate glory for a wide receiver is catching touchdowns and making big plays.
KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones roamed around Haslam Field on Tuesday afternoon spewing the same statistic to anyone, regardless of who was willing to hear it.
KNOXVILLE — His debut out of the way, Derek Barnett now might as well be a veteran.
Jacob Gilliam put in four years of labor as a walk-on offensive lineman to earn the opportunity he got in Tennessee's season opener on Sunday night. In one play, it all went away.
KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley had no idea his streak of consecutive completions reached double digits.
KNOXVILLE — There were a few dazzling debuts.
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's offense was far from explosive in Sunday night's season opener.
KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns to help Tennessee beat Utah State 38-7 on Sunday night in a game matching two quarterbacks returning from injuries that ended their 2013 seasons prematurely.
KNOXVILLE — The new season of college football is under way, and there's probably not a Division I team newer than the Tennessee Volunteers.
KNOXVILLE — On one side of the garage sits the big, brand-new truck, complete with the suspension lift, the loud exhaust system and the big off-road tires.
KNOXVILLE — It's almost time for the talking to end, for the questions to be answered.
KNOXVILLE — Perhaps no one is more eager to see Tennessee's many unknowns than the 10 members of the Volunteers' coaching staff.
KNOXVILLE — The smaller number is the one Curt Maggitt's mind this week.
KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones may have inflated the number of freshmen Tennessee will play in Sunday night's season opener for effect.
KNOXVILLE — The Austin Peay football team won't be walking through Neyland Stadium's doors Sunday night.
KNOXVILLE — There was little in the way of surprise regarding the two-deep chart the Tennessee football program released Monday afternoon, except maybe for the player who emerged from the pack at punt returner.
KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones will coach his 13th game at Tennessee when the Volunteers open the football season Sunday night against Utah State.
KNOXVILLE — When Don Mahoney became Tennessee's third offensive line coach in three years two winters ago, one of the first tasks he faced was getting a quartet of seniors and an NFL-minded junior to adopt his coaching methods.
The media guide calls it Butch Jones’s second season as Tennessee’s coach.
Curt Maggitt’s last play in a college football game came more than 600 days ago, in the fourth quarter of Tennessee’s four-overtime loss to Missouri at Neyland Stadium in 2012.
KNOXVILLE — When Jalen Hurd takes the field in his Tennessee debut as the Volunteers open the season against Utah State a week from tonight, it will end a 371-day wait.
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee has added another piece to what could be a strong crop of offensive line recruits in its 2015 class.
KNOXVILLE — The growing list of lasts recently began striking Justin Worley's conscience.
KNOXVILLE — There doesn't appear to be a solution in sight to Tennessee's kicking question.