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  Jalin Hyatt caught five passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 15 Tennessee to a 63-6 victory over Akron on Saturday night. Hyatt had scoring passes of 57 and 48 yards in the first half as the Volunteers (3-0) jumped to a 35-0 lead over the Zips (1-2). Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 251 yards and two scores in the first 30 minutes and finished with 298 yards. Hooker extended his streak of games with a TD pass to 15, three behind school leader Heath Shuler. In an effort to focus on the run game, the Vols had 165 first-half rushing yards before substituting freely in the second half. Jaylin Wright led the way with 96 yards and two TDs. Akron's best chance for a TD in the first half came with second-and-goal on the 5 when Daniel George fumbled on an end around. - Tennessee/AP College Football

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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 50. Cedric Tillman, rSr, WR, Tennessee, 6-3, 215, 2,...Tillman caught nine passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in No. 24 Tennessee's dramatic, 34-27, overtime win over No. 17 Pitt. Those were the ratings at game time, anyway. Previous week, No. 50: Redshirt senior wide receiver Cedric Tillman led the Volunteers with six catches for 68 yards in a season-opening, 59-10, victory over the Ball State Cardinals. Last year, Tillman emerged as one of the SEC's best playmakers and became Tennessee's first 1,000-yard receiver since Justin Hunter in 2012 - Started all 13 games.Finished the year with 64 catches for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  SEPT 12 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Byron Young, DE, Tennessee,...Young, a preseason first-team All-SEC selection, notched four tackles, a game-high two tackles for loss, a sack and a game-high three QB hurries to help lead No. 24 Tennessee to a 34-27 non-conference overtime win at No. 17 Pitt...It was the Vols' first victory over a top-20 non-conference team on the road since it topped No. 6 Miami, 10-6, on Nov. 8, 2003...Young was disruptive all day for a Tennessee defense that registered 16 QB hurries on the day, its first double-digit output since producing 10 against Georgia State on Sept. 8, 2012...His sack came at a crucial moment in the fourth quarter on third down for a loss of six yards. - SEC Football

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  SEPT 12 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee,...Hooker accounted for 352 yards of total offense and two touchdowns to lead No. 24 Tennessee to a 34-27 non-conference overtime win at No. 17 Pitt on Saturday. It was the Vols' first victory over a top-20 non-conference team on the road since it topped No. 6 Miami, 10-6, on Nov. 8, 2003...He was 27-of-42 for 325 yards and two scores through the air, rallying the Vols from a 10-0 deficit. In the process, Hooker broke the school record for consecutive attempts without an interception, which now stands at 167 straight attempts without a pick. That mark broke Jarrett Guarantano's record of 166. Hooker also moved into sole possession of second place in UT consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 14. Hooker came up clutch in overtime, stepping up in the pocket and firing the game-winning, 28-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Tillman. - SEC Football

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  Tennessee coach Josh Heupel isn't sure his team would have found a way a year ago to win a game where it fumbled twice and allowed a blocked punt. All in the second half. On the road. Against a program coming off a Power Five conference title. It's not last season. The 24th-ranked Volunteers may be maturing in front of their coach's eyes. The latest proof came in a draining 34-27 overtime victory over No. 17 Pitt on Saturday, a four-hour physical and emotional marathon that ended with Tennessee spilling onto the field in a mixture of joy and relief. "There's a certain level of maturity that we certainly didn't have last year at times," said Heupel, who is in his second season of trying to restore the Volunteers to relevancy in the SEC. "Our kids are willing to continue to compete. They handled the flows, the ups and downs of the game the right way."

There were plenty of each to go around. The Volunteers (2-0) allowed a game-tying touchdown pass from Pitt backup quarterback Nick Patti with 2:23 to go but regrouped to win it on a 28-yard lob from Hendon Hooker to Cedric Tillman on Tennessee's first possession of the extra period. The Volunteers' defense, which had been relentless over the final three-plus quarters following a slow start, did the rest. It used a third-down sack and the one last of a seemingly unending streak of quarterback pressures to force Patti to throw incomplete on fourth down to end it. - Tennessee/AP College Football


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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 50. Cedric Tillman, rSr, WR, Tennessee, 6-3, 215,...Redshirt senior wide receiver Cedric Tillman led the Volunteers with six catches for 68 yards in a season-opening, 59-10, victory over the Ball State Cardinals. Last year, Tillman emerged as one of the SEC's best playmakers and became Tennessee's first 1,000-yard receiver since Justin Hunter in 2012...Started all 13 games...Finished the year with 64 catches for 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  Hendon Hooker threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead Tennessee to a 59-10 season-opening victory over Ball State Thursday night. Hooker, in his second year as the Volunteers' starter after transferring from Virginia Tech, had 211 yards passing by halftime along with a 38-0 lead. Eight different receiver caught passes in the first 30 minutes. He was replaced by Joe Milton midway through the third quarter. Jaylen Wright led the Tennessee ground game with 86 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals' bruising running back Carson Steele was limited to 27 yards on 11 carries. Making his first career start at quarterback for Ball State, redshirt junior John Paddock threw for 269 yards and a TD. The Vol defense came up with three turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble. - AP College Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: P - Paxton Brooks, Tennessee,...Veteran specialist who has produced a distinguished career on and off the field as a Vol...Enters his fifth and final season with the program...Serves as UT's starting punter and also a kickoff specialist...A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and an Academic All-American who is currently working on his master's degree...Enters the season as the starting punter for the fourth straight season...Played in 48 career games...Averages 43.3 yards per punt, which ranks third all-time in UT history...Averages 61.3 yards per kickoff...98 of his 164 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks (59.8 percent)...30 of his punts have gone 50+ yards and 47 of his punts have been pinned inside the 20. - Tennessee Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: DB - Trevon Flowers, Tennessee,...Instinctive and talented safety who returns as a starter for the third straight season...Also illustrates his playmaking skills as part of the return game...Served as one of Tennessee's three player representatives at 2022 SEC Media Days in his hometown of Atlanta...Had one of the best springs on the squad and emerged as one of the top leaders...Member of UT's leadership council...Appeared in 35 games with 25 starts...Notched 170 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups and one forced fumble. - Tennessee Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM: LB - Jeremy Banks, Tennessee,...Banks, a redshirt-senior, is coming off a 20-tackle performance in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl, while seniors Flowers and Brooks are hoping to continue the solid, dependable production that they have been known for in their time on Rocky Top. - Tennessee Football

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 60. Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee, Senior. Notable 2021 stats: 1,081 yards, 12 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. No Tennessee player benefited more from the coaching/scheme change to Josh Heupel than Tillman, who became Tennessee's first 1,000-yard receiver since Justin Hunter in 2012. Tillman, who caught 72 passes for 1,205 yards and 14 touchdowns, is the SEC's top returning receiver and a national awards candidate alongside quarterback Hendon Hooker. - ESPN.com

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 49. Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee, Senior. Notable 2021 stats: 2,945 yards, 31 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. The Virginia Tech transfer blossomed last season under first-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel. Although not the starter to open the season, Hooker started the final 11 games and emerged as one of the country's most efficient quarterbacks with 3,561 yards of total offense and just three interceptions. The 24-year-old redshirt senior returns as one of the most experienced quarterbacks in college football. - ESPN.com

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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Hendon Hooker, Sr., Tennessee,...The redshirt senior shattered single-season program records for completion percentage (68.0) and passer efficiency rating (181.4) last fall in his debut season on Rocky Top. Hooker produced 3,561 yards of total offense and 36 total touchdowns during the 2021 campaign, his first at UT after transferring to Knoxville from Virginia Tech. The Greensboro, North Carolina, native played in all 13 games with 11 starts in 2021, completing 206-of-303 passes for 2,945 yards and 31 touchdowns with three interceptions. His 2,945 passing yards were fourth-most in the SEC, while his 9.7 yards per passing attempt ranked second in the league and fourth in the nation. - Tennessee Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: DL - Byron Young, Tennessee,...Young is poised to build on a strong finish to the season last year where he logged 5.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He posted a TFL in eight of the team's last nine games and recorded a multi-sack effort in the win at Kentucky. - Tennessee Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: WR - Cedric Tillman, Tennessee,...Tillman leads the conference in returning production at wide receiver, amassing 1,081 yards on 64 receptions and 12 touchdowns a season ago. - Tennessee Football

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