Garlands keep the brotherly love going for Vols

Tennessee Athletics photo by Andrew Ferguson / Tennessee fifth-year senior defensive tackle Kurott Garland enters his final season with 40 career appearances, incuding eight starts, and 57 tackles.

Tennessee's brotherly bonds this football season will have to be carried out by the Garlands.

The most notable siblings on last year's Volunteers were starting offensive linemen Cade and Cooper Mays from Knoxville, but Cade is now in the NFL after getting selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round. Next season, Tennessee is expected to have linebackers Elijah and Caleb Herring out of Murfreesboro Riverdale, with Elijah currently a freshman and Caleb the top in-state commitment for the Vols.

For now, though, it's fifth-year senior defensive tackle Kurott Garland and redshirt junior linebacker Kwauze Garland keeping things in the family.

"We definitely feed off of each other," Kurott said this week in a news conference. "My first year was rough, and it was a steep learning curve, but once he hopped on - we room together and everything.