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KNOXVILLE — Derek Barnett surged past his blocker and made a beeline for the quarterback.

KNOXVILLE — This time a week ago, Tennessee was coming off a 32-point, 401-yard game in an SEC road game against a top-15 foe.

KNOXVILLE — LaDarrell McNeil was all but written off as Tennessee's starting safety.

KNOXVILLE -- Jashon Robertson received his welcome to college football long before he found himself pass-blocking on a third-and-long at Oklahoma or paving the way for a fellow freshman at Georgia.

KNOXVILLE -- Two Southeastern Conference games, two interceptions for Tennessee's Todd Kelly Jr.

KNOXVILLE -- With his team clinging to a nervy two-point lead Saturday, Cam Sutton was inches away from an interception that could have set Tennessee up to seal a win.

KNOXVILLE -- Jalen Hurd spent parts of the second half of Tennessee's loss to Florida on Saturday on the sideline as trainers attended to his shoulder, but the freshman may not be shelved for long.

KNOXVILLE — The first question Butch Jones faced in his post game news conference following Tennessee's 10-9 loss to Florida on Saturday afternoon addressed the disparity in rushing yards and the six sacks the Volunteers allowed.

KNOXVILLE — The number next to the Florida logo on the Neyland Stadium scoreboard was only so fitting.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee took another arrow to its Achilles' heel on Saturday.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee seemed on the verge of ending its recent history of frustration against Florida.

KNOXVILLE — There is little questioning that Tennessee is an improved football team.

KNOXVILLE — That night was 10 years ago, but it feels much more recent for James Wilhoit.

KNOXVILLE — Jalen Hurd gritted his teeth and tilted his head in a gesture of doubt.

KNOXVILLE — Had the fourth quarter gone differently for Tennessee's defensive line, Steve Stripling's answers on Wednesday might have been different.

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee athletic department posted a surplus of $60,880 for the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to figures the department released on Wednesday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE -- The orange sleeve protecting Justin Worley's right elbow is more than a fashion statement.

KNOXVILLE -- It all began with a Google search and some photoshopping.

KNOXVILLE -- With its front seven again focusing on whoever was lined up at tailback, Tennessee's secondary found itself on some islands for a second straight game.

It'll culminate Saturday afternoon with what should be an impressive visual display that came about through a grassroots movement largely driven by social media.

KNOXVILLE -- The nation-leading 22 true freshmen who have played for Tennessee through four games this football season were in the third grade the last time the Volunteers beat SEC East rival Florida.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee is relying on a handful of the defensive additions from its touted 2014 recruiting class to provide help primarily on special teams this season.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee freshman linebacker Dillon Bates will miss the rest of the season after tearing the labrum in his shoulder in the Volunteers' loss at Georgia on Saturday.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Two games and two daunting tests later, Tennessee's run defense is probably holding up about as well as can be expected.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Butch Jones took his spot behind the makeshift podium underneath Sanford Stadium on Saturday afternoon and let out a loud sigh of exasperation.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Implored by his coaches to step up, Tennessee receiver Josh Malone was able to deliver.

Two fumbles, and plenty of Todd Gurley ultimately ended the Volunteers’ bid for an upset on Saturday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's last encounter with Georgia was one of those football games neither side soon will forget.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee picked up a second big-time defensive tackle prospect for its 2015 football recruiting class Friday.

Like any football player, A.J. Johnson wants to win every time he steps onto the field.

KNOXVILLE -- Asked for a comparison for Georgia's all-star tailback Todd Gurley, Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek came up with one name.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's young football team likely took plenty of lessons from its first road trip at Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago.

KNOXVILLE -- Ethan Wolf is not a doctor, and that's probably a good thing for the Tennessee tight end.

KNOXVILLE -- On one hand, Kyler Kerbyson and the rest of Tennessee's offensive line would have liked an immediate shot at redemption.

KNOXVILLE -- The ex-girlfriend of dismissed Tennessee football player Treyvon Paulk told police that the freshman tailback had a history of assaulting her during the course of their seven-and-a-half-year relationship.

KNOXVILLE — His involvement in an alleged domestic assault over the weekend cost Treyvon Paulk his football career at the University of Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE -- Four weeks into the football season, Tennessee tops the Southeastern Conference in third-down defense.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee freshman tailback Treyvon Paulk has been dismissed from the program for what head coach Butch Jones termed a "personal conduct issue."

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee better have made use of its first open date of the season.

KNOXVILLE — It was always Colton Jumper’s dream to play football for the University of Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE — Likely to be without two of its top wide receivers, Tennessee will need another wideout to step up when the Volunteers come off today's open date with a visit to Georgia next Saturday.

KNOXVILLE — When opposing teams throw the football to Cam Sutton's side of the field, the Tennessee cornerback usually ensures the try ends poorly for them.

KNOXVILLE — There may not have been much in the way of screaming and yelling.

KNOXVILLE — With a trio of bursts into the open field, Jalen Hurd flashed the ability that has Tennessee excited about his future.

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.

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