Vols in the pros: Week One

With six players drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, the contingent of former Vols in the league grew significantly. In week one, several Vols made their NFL debuts while one former Vol surpassed an incredible milestone in his career. Unfortunately, one of Tennessee’s greatest defensive players of all time suffered a significant injury. Here’s how all of the former Vols fared during week one.

Baltimore Ravens

Morgan Cox: Cox contributed to the Ravens beating the Bengals 20-0.

Carolina Panthers

Michael Palardy: Palardy punted the ball three times for an average of 51.7 yards in the Panthers 23-3 win over the 49ers. He had one punt inside of the 20-yard line with a long of 58 yards.

Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Malone: Malone was inactive in the Bengals 20-0 loss to the Ravens.

Cleveland Browns

Britton Colquitt: In the Browns’ 21-18 loss to the Steelers, Colquitt punted five times for an average of 48.4 yards. Colquitt had a long punt of 61 yards and three pinned inside of the 20-yard line.

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten: With seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, Witten became the Cowboys’ all-time leader in career receiving yards in Dallas’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants.

Detroit Lions

Jalen Reeves-Maybin: Made his NFL debut coming off of the bench in the Lions 35-23 win over the Cardinals.

Houston Texans

LaTroy Lewis: Lewis is currently on the Texans practice squad.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Malik Jackson: Jackson had a sack, a tackle for loss and three tackles in the Jaguars 29-7 win over Houston. He was also credited with a quarterback hit and a pass defended.

Mychal Rivera: Rivera is on the injured reserve list with a wrist injury.

Kansas City Chiefs

Tyler Bray: Bray was inactive on Thursday night in the Chiefs 42-27 win at New England.

Eric Berry: Berry recorded seven tackles and a tackle for loss, before he ruptured his Achilles tendon that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Zach Fulton: Came off the bench to play in the Chiefs’ win.

Dustin Colquitt: Punted six times for an average of 43.7 yards and a long of 59 yards. Colquitt dropped three of his kicks inside the 20-yard line in the Chiefs big win over the Patriots.

Miami Dolphins

Ja’Wuan James: The Dolphins game with the Buccaneers was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara: Rushed for 18 yards on seven carries, caught four passes for 20 yards and returned a kickoff 26-yards on Monday night against the Vikings. New Orleans lost to Minnesota 29-19 in Kamara’s NFL debut.

New York Giants

Jordan Williams: Williams is currently on the Texans practice squad

Oakland Raiders

Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson returned a kickoff 41-yards, had a reception for 2-yards, recorded a tackle and rushed for 5-yards on one carry in the Raiders 26-16 win over the Titans.

Philadelphia Eagles

Derek Barnett: In his NFL debut, Barnett recorded two tackles, including a tackle for a loss. Barnett was also credited with a quarterback hit Sunday in Philadelphia’s 30-17 win over the Redskins.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Joshua Dobbs: Dobbs was inactive Sunday afternoon for Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win over the Browns.

Ramon Foster: Started at left guard and helped the Steelers offense tally 290 yards of total offense and allow just one sack.

Justin Hunter: Hunter was inactive Sunday afternoon for Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win over the Browns.

Daniel McCullers: McCullers was inactive Sunday afternoon for Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win over the Browns.

Cam Sutton: Sutton is on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury.

Seattle Seahawks

Justin Coleman: Had a pair of tackles and had a pass breakup in the Seahawks’ 17-9 loss at Green Bay.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Robert Ayers: The Buccaneers game with the Dolphins was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

Austin Johnson: The Buccaneers game with the Dolphins was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

Luke Stocker: The Buccaneers game with the Dolphins was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

James Stone: The Buccaneers game with the Dolphins was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

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Panel educates students on new Title IX procedures

If a University of Tennessee student finds themselves a victim of sexual violence, where do they go?

This year, they can walk into the brand-new Title IX Office on Melrose Avenue and their report will be the first step in a process UT’s Title IX staff spent the summer trying to perfect.

The Title IX Office teamed up with the Chancellor’s Honors Program to familiarize students with the 2017 Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation by hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday night.

Title IX is the federal policy established in 1972 that prohibits discrimination based on the sex or gender of students and employees at educational institutions that receive federal funding. This includes prohibition of sexual harassment or violence.

The 2017 fall semester is the first time in school there has been a stand-alone Title IX Office. It’s run by Ashley Blamey, the former director of the Center for Health, Education, and Wellness.

During the panel, Blamey explained that if a student experiences harassment or violence, the Title IX Office is where they should go.

How it Works

Blamey told the audience to start by thinking of UT as a town that contains up to 40,000 people on any given day.

“Given the size of our community,” Blamey said, “there are going to be people who are outside of our community values.”

When something happens to a student that falls outside of UT’s community values and is relevant to Title IX, the student can walk into the office and make a report.

From there, the student has three options. They can request limited action, report to the Office of Student Conduct or report to law enforcement.

Limited action measures include connections to medical care, counseling, communication with faculty and any arrangements that need to be made with housing, work or transportation. The Title IX Office can also issue a no-contact directive, which Blamey describes as “a line in the sand” that UT can issue to stop interaction between two University-affiliated parties.

“These [limited action] pieces are designed so that someone can continue to live their life,” Blamey said.

If a student chooses limited action, they have the right to request that their contact with the Title IX Office never be released, as well as the right to refuse to name the respondent.

If a student chooses to report to the Office of Student Conduct, the person they accuse will be investigated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Betsy Smith, director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, who sat on the panel, explained that a school investigation looks different than criminal proceedings.

“We’re not looking to take away the life or liberty of an individual,” Smith said.

While a criminal court has to prove something took place “beyond a reasonable doubt,” the university has to prove something is “more likely than not.”

If the Office of Student Conduct meets that burden of proof, the accused person is subject to University discipline.

If a student chooses to report to law enforcement, a police investigation will take place with the goal of criminal prosecution in mind.

Blamey explained this process with a series of flowcharts and she reminded the audience “none of this is as simple as it looks on paper,” but the goal of the panel was to help students understand why the Title IX Office is here.

The Prevention Goals of Title IX

The main goal of the Title IX Office, as well as the Center for Health, Education, and Wellness (CHEW) is to prevent these incidents before they happen.

The process of prevention starts before new Vols even make it to campus. They take an online module the summer before their first semester and sit through a session on safety and consent at orientation.

“In Tennessee, some of our students have never had that conversation before,” Blamey said. “Some people say ‘you can’t educate to change this issue’ and I say ‘if that’s the case, we should all go home’.”

Once students are on campus, they can receive bystander training through CHEW’s Volunteers Speak Up program.

Blamey described Title IX issues as public health issues that all members of the campus community can work to prevent.

“Every single person in this room can help change this,” Blamey said. “If you are here, then you are part of the change.”

Title IX in 2017

Multiple students at the panel addressed concern over recent comments about Title IX investigations on campus made by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

While Blamey acknowledged that UT will have to take into account any future guidance that comes from the federal government, she reassured the students present that the procedures put in place at UT are here to stay.

“There is no concern, or shouldn’t be, that Title IX is going away,” Blamey said.

So far this semester, Blamey said things have been running more smoothly than before.

The Title IX Office has seen an increase in reports. Since getting its own building, more students have been walking in.

The new policies were made with the experiences of students who are victimized and students who are accused in mind, and the panel was an early-semester push to make students aware of what those policies are and what the Title IX Office does.

“We’re worked really hard…to be more clear, to make the language more accessible,” Blamey said.

“As far as our interactions with students, it feels much more thoughtful.”


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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

DEA agents discuss Escobar drug trafficking

Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents and lead investigators of the infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar and his organization spoke in Cox Auditorium at the University of Tennessee Tuesday night.

Pena and Murphy began the lecture by asking the crowd if they had seen the Netflix show ‘Narcos,’ which centers around the life of Escobar. Before speaking, they showed a short clip of the show.

Pena and Murphy took turns sharing their experiences and factual explanations as to who Escobar was and how he affected the lives of many American and Colombian Citizens. According to Pena and Murphy, Pablo Escobar is not only responsible for 80 percent of cocaine distribution in the world during his time, but also for the deaths of 10-15,000 innocent people. 

Escobar convinced the Colombian government to reduce his prison sentence to five years, to build and staff his own prison where he would serve his time and to allow his possession of all illegally earned assets in exchange for calling off his war on Colombia.

Murphy explained that Escobar’s estimated wealth lies somewhere between $8 and $30 billion dollars. After Escobar’s death, death rates in Colombia decreased by more than 80 percent.

Murphy and Pena closed the night with a Q&A segment. One attendee asked how Murphy felt looking down at Escobar’s deceased body.

“It truly felt like the weight of the world was off of our shoulders,” Murphy said.

While waiting to enter the event, one UT student compared the size of the crowd to the numerous students who waited to hear scientist Bill Nye when he spoke two years ago.

“I’m not sure why this wasn’t held in Thompson-Boiling, honestly. This line is crazy long, I mean it is ‘Narcos,’ what did they expect?” Trevor Ferugson said.


For more information on the Netflix show ‘Narcos,’ visit the IMDB page.


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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Quinten Dormady puts stamp on quarterback battle

The Tennessee Volunteers downed the Indiana State Sycamores 42-7 on Saturday afternoon. There are several things to take away from the matchup, as redshirt-freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano saw his first playing time as a Volunteer, and Quinten Dormady showed poise and leadership in his second career start at quarterback.

The Volunteer faithful are excited about Guarantano because of his dual-threat ability. Josh Dobbs, Tennessee’s former quarterback, brought a dual-threat dynamic to the field. Many fans think Guarantano, who was the number one dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 recruiting cycle according to 247 sports, has the same capability in the spread offense the Volunteers run.

Guarantano was nailed on his first attempt of the game due to a missed block by left tackle Drew Richmond, and on his second play, showing that he was a little rattled from the big hit on the previous play, Guarantano threw behind tight end Ethan Wolf for an incompletion. 

Guarantano went 4-of-12 passing for 41 yards and a touchdown through the air, and finished with two rushing attempts for 6 yards. Guarantano did throw a beautiful bomb down the right sideline to wide receiver Jeff George, but George could not hang on to the ball. George later made up for the drop when he caught a fade pass in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown, which gave Guarantano his first collegiate touchdown pass. 

Unfortunately for Guarantano, the quarterback battle might have been put to rest in Atlanta before he even got a shot to prove what he is capable of. It is not what Guarantano did not do, it is what Dormady did do. Dormady showed extreme poise in the Volunteers 42-41 win over Georgia Tech on Labor Day, after only possessing the ball for 18 minutes on offense. For a quarterback who has seen as little playing time as Dormady, rhythm is everything, and Dormady proved what he can do in a short amount of time.

Dormady solidified his starting job with 4:50 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Georgia Tech game. The junior drove the offense 93 yards to tie the game at 28. In that seven-play, 93-yard drive, Dormady hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Marquez Callaway for a 40-yard reception. John Kelly capped the drive off when he scampered into the end zone to tie the game for the Volunteers.

This 93-yard drive solidified Dormady’s control and leadership over the offense, and Butch Jones does not seem to be looking back. Jones listed Dormady as the starter on the depth chart going forward, and this is big news because he had listed Dormady and Guarantano as co-starters leading up to the Florida game.

Dormady finished Saturday’s game 13-of-18 passing for 194 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Texas native’s next start will be on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET against the Florida Gators (0-1) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Edited by Ben McKee

Helmet stickers from Tennessee vs. Indiana State

Carlin Fils-aime, running back

Fils-aime scored his first two touchdowns of the season in Tennessee’s win on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore running back scored his first touchdown, as he ran right through the middle of the end zone from four yards out to give the Vols a 14-0 lead with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter.

The Florida native then opened up the second quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run down the left side of the field, putting the Vols up 21-0. Fils-aime’s two touchdowns against Indiana State were the first since the Florida native ran for a touchdown against Tennessee Tech last season. He also had two touchdowns against the Golden Eagles.

Ty Chandler, running back 

Freshman running back Ty Chandler opened the game with a kickoff return of 91-yards. Chandler ran past an attempted arm tackle, but continued down the field to complete his touchdown and give the Vols an early 7-0 lead. It’s the first time a Tennessee player has returned an opening kickoff for a touchdown since Evan Berry returned the opening kickoff against Arkansas in 2015. Chandler is also the first true freshman to return a kickoff for a touchdown for the Volunteers since 1999.

Marquez Callaway, wide receiver 

Marquez Callaway’s only catch on Saturday was a 37-yard touchdown from quarterback Quinten Dormady. Dormady threw the football down the middle of the field to Callaway where he caught the pass, and then hooked to the right and sprinted to the end zone. The sophomore also returned three punts for an average of 14 yards, including a long of 36 yards.

John Kelly, running back

Following up a big game against Georgia Tech, Kelly rushed the ball for 80 yards on 18 carries. The junior also caught five passes for a career best 60 yards. This was nearly double his previous career-best receiving yard total; which came against the Yellow Jackets a week ago. Kelly lead Tennessee in both rushing, and receiving yards.

 Quinten Dormady, quarterback

Junior quarterback Quinten Dormady had two touchdowns and completed 13 of his 18 pass attempts for 194 yards against Indiana State. Dormady looked sharp in the first half going 10-of-12 for 123 yards and a touchdown. Although he threw his first interception of his collegiate career on Saturday, Dormady still remained calm and collected.

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Edited by Ben McKee