Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt were there three years ago.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee is just a couple of days away from starting its second season under coach Butch Jones. As the Volunteers get set to open preseason practice on Friday night, here are five questions they must answer ahead of the 2014 season opener against Utah State in 31 days.

KNOXVILLE — When Tennessee opens preseason football practice at Haslam Field on Friday evening, most of the eyes will be on the 32 freshmen who caused such a stir when they joined the Volunteers' 2014 recruiting class.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee walk-on point guard Brandon Lopez will miss his senior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing pickup ball with his teammates over the weekend.

KNOXVILLE — In more than seven years as a head football coach, Butch Jones probably has never faced a task quite like the one he faces with the 2014 edition of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Nearly a dozen former University of Tennessee football players were in South Pittsburg this weekend to help with Eddie Moore's youth camp.

KNOXVILLE — Curt Maggitt has spent increasingly more time in the University of Tennessee's defensive line meeting room over the past few months.

KNOXVILLE — Detrick Mostella can exhale.

KNOXVILLE — It's the question University of Tennessee center Mack Crowder probably got the most at SEC media days last week.

KNOXVILLE — Their father set the standard.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's trend of playing neutral-site football games is showing no signs of slowing down.

KNOXVILLE — None of the 32 players in the University of Tennessee's touted 2014 football recruiting class lived closer to their future home than Todd Kelly.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's defense received some welcomed news on Monday night.

KNOXVILLE — Holly Warlick believes Tennessee's bid to return to national title contention is more a mental hurdle than a physical test.

KNOXVILLE — Ryan Johnson didn't spend Saturday in Knoxville attending the Tennessee football program's second "Orange Carpet Day" event of the summer.

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