With the start of the second session of summer term comes the realization that I am officially done with college. My departure, however great in my eyes, is only infantesimal when compared with the fact that four (yes, FOUR) incoming freshman are starting their careers as Tennessee Volunteers.
Eric Gordon, Jerod Askew, Mike Edwards, and Zach Rogers all begin classes today, getting a late start to the Volunteer experience, but hey, at least they’re here. Each has a lot to catch up on, but most fans, and the coaches, expect a lot out of these young men, especially Gordon, who was a highly touted four-star cornerback recruit out of Alabama.
On top of these four signees, Tennessee is welcoming quite a few walk-ons today, including Chase Phillips, a local stand-out from South-Doyle High School. Phillips brings some much needed depth to the offensive line, although he likely needs quite a bit of grooming to get to the competitive level the SEC demands.
The newcomers won’t have long to adjust, as off-season workouts resume this Wednesday following the Fourth of July holiday weekend. New strength coach Aaron Ausmus will likely have the young guns hitting the weights hard, making up for lost time and to make sure they’re ready when fall practice begins August 4.
In case any of you forgot, Tennessee football kicks off in a little over sixty days.