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During the four years (1994-1997) that Peyton Manning played at Tennessee, he broke 42 records - 2 NCAA, 7 SEC and 33 at Tennessee. Through nine seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, he hasn't missed a game, has won two NFL MVP awards, has carved a still-expanding niche in the NFL record book and earned a long-sought Super Bowl championship. Here's a great site on Peyton Manning: Peyton-Manning.net

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(National Signing Day, Feb. 5, 2014) Signs 35

Updated 11:45 a.m. CT, Feb. 5, 2014

Player Position Height Weight 40YD Hometown Rating
1. Chris Beck RB 6-0 200 - Austell, GA
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2. Dontavius Blair OL 6-8 300 5.0 Garden City, KS
3. Neiko Creamer ATH 6-3 223 4.7 Elkton, MD
4. Daniel Helm TE 6-4 216 - Chatham, IL
5. Jalen Hurd RB 6-3 230 - Hendersonville, TN
6. Jakob Johnson LB 6-4 240 - Jacksonville, FL
7. Colton Jumper LB 6-2 220 - Lockout Mtn., TN
8. Josh Malone WR 6-3 195 - Gallatin, TN
9. Dimarya Mixon DE 6-3 263 - Compton, CA
10. Emmanuel Moseley DB 6-0 165 - Greensboro, NC
11. D'Andre Payne DB 5-9 177 - Washington, DC
12. Von Pearson WR 6-3 185 - Newport News, VA
13. Ray Raulerson OL 6-5 275 5.2 Tampa, FL
14. Coleman Thomas OL 6-6 295 - Max Meadows, VA
15. Owen Williams DT 6-5 285 - El Dorado, KS
16. Ethan Wolf TE 6-5 243 - Minster, OH
17. Derek Barnett DE 6-3 270 - Brentwood, TN
18. Dillon Bates LB 6-3 219 - Ponte Vedra, FL
19. Elliot Berry ATH 6-0 200 - Fairburn, GA
20. Evan Berry DB 5-11 185 - Fairburn, GA
21. Gavin Bryant LB 6-2 233 - Jackson, AL
22. Vic Wharton WR 6-0 190 - Nashville, TN
23. Bryson Durden DB 5-10 170 - McDonough, GA
24. Rashaan Gaulden DB 6-1 178 - Nashville, TN
25. Joe Henderson DE 6-4 222 4.5 Cleveland, OH
26. Dewayne Hendrix DE 6-4 264 4.7 O'Fallon, IL
27. Todd Kelly DB 6-1 190 4.5 Knoxville, TN
28. Cortez McDowell DB 6-3 200 - Locust Grove, GA
29. Aaron Medley K 6-2 170 - Lewisburg, TN
30. Charles Mosley OL 6-5 358 - Brighton, TN
31. Treyvon Paulk RB 5-8 201 Alpharetta, GA
32. Jashon Robertson DT 6-3 286 4.8 Nashville, TN
33. Michael Sawyers DT 6-2 307 4.9 Nashville, TN
34. Derrell Scott RB 5-11 181 4.5 Havelock, NC
35. Chris Weatherd LB 6-4 225 - Athens, TX


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By Tyler Donohue , Featured Columnist
Feb. 5, 2014

Total Players: 35 (17 4-stars)

  Head of the Class: 4-star wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn.)

Malone is the next man up in a long line of productive receivers who have suited up for the Volunteers. The 6'2.25", 191-pound Station Camp High School star erupted during his senior season, becoming one of the most productive pass-catchers in the country. He caught 71 passes for 1,404 yards and 19 touchdowns, according to 247Sports. Malone is rated the nation's fifth-best receiver recruit and top overall prospect in Tennessee.

His chances of competing for a prominent role in 2014 will vastly improve if he shows continued progression during spring practice. Malone picked Tennessee over Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia.

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Top-tier JUCO prospect Von Pearson is another dynamic receiver who brings a blend of size and burst to the Volunteers' attack. A shoulder injury cost explosive in-state athlete Jalen Hurd his entire senior campaign but memories of his amazing 2012 season (more than 3,300 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns, per 247Sports) loom large. Hometown standout Todd Kelly aims to become the best Tennessee safety since Eric Berry. He's joined in the defensive backfield by 4-star cornerback D'Andre Payne, an early enrollee. Tennessee edged out South Carolina and Florida for a late commitment from running back Derrell Scott, who rushed for at least 1,700 yards and 22 scores in each of the past three seasons, per 247Sports. Linebackers Chris Weatherd, Dillon Bates and Gavin Bryant are each 4-star recruits.
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Michael Sawyers Flip Shows Vols Are Taking Back State

By Brad Shepard
Feb. 5, 2014

  When Nashville defensive tackle Michael Sawyers committed to the Tennessee Volunteers on national signing day morning, he uttered four words that sums up coach Butch Jones' pitch to in-state prospects: "I'm a Tennessee boy," Sawyers told GoVols247's Wes Rucker (subscription required) shortly after his signing ceremony at Ensworth High School. In recent years, those words meant little. Top players routinely would leave Tennessee for out-of-state programs or take their talents to Vanderbilt to play for former coach James Franklin. The Vols signed just one of the state's top 10 prospects in 2012 and three in '13, according to 247Sports.

Jones flipped that script in a hurry. Once all the national letters of intent rolled in Wednesday, the Vols received signed scholarship papers from eight of the state's top 10 prospects, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Jones believes Tennessee boys are supposed to stay home and play for the state school. It's a big reason why he said these words when he was hired back in December of 2012, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press' Patrick Brown:

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UT lands highly rated recruiting class on Signing Day

By KNOXVILLE (WATE)
Feb. 5, 2014

University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones landed Wednesday a highly rated recruiting class that some are calling one of the school's best ever. The Vols added 19 signees Wednesday to the 14 who enrolled early. The new class includes twins Elliott Berry and Evan Berry, the younger brothers of former Vol and All-American Eric Berry and the sons of former Vol James Berry.

In-state recruits included Knoxville native Todd Kelly, Jr., son of former Vol Todd Kelly; Brighton lineman Charles Mosley; Marshall County kicker Aaron Medley; Ensworth DL Michael Sawyers; Brentwood defensive end Derek Barnett; and Montgomery Bell's Jashon Robertson. This will be Butch Jones' second season at the helm of the Vols football team. His first season ended with a 5-7 record, a fourth straight losing season.

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Speed & Size Define Tennessee Class

By Brian Rice
Feb. 5, 2014

  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - National Signing Day at the University of Tennessee had a bit of a NFL Draft Day feel as Butch Jones met the media for his press conference on Wednesday afternoon. The feel wasn't just due to the quality of student-athlete that made a formal pledge to attend Tennessee on Wednesday. It was also the way Jones talked about the class meeting needs. And for the 14 Volunteers that began classes in January, their first introduction to the media involved an NFL Draft staple: The custom jersey presentation. Another NFL concept, the emphasis on size and speed, was a focus of the Vols' recruiting effort for the signing class of 2014.

"Make no mistake about it, a few months ago I sat up here and told you in order for us to move this program forward, we needed to create depth, we needed to create competition and we needed to improve our overall team speed, our size, our quickness, our explosiveness," Jones said. "I believe we were able to do that." Two of the areas that needed the most attention in size and speed, not to mention sheer numbers, were defensive line and running back. "I realized it right off the get go," Jones said of recruiting defensive linemen. "The one thing we needed to improve was size and big bodies, and we also like individuals who are multifaceted, which means they can either play offensive line or defensive line.

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Brick-by-Brick :Tennessee’s Foundation is Much Stronger

By Thomas Harvey
Feb. 5, 2014

  After missing a bowl game for the third consecutive season, most programs would be happy with just a top 25 class. Not Tennessee. On Christmas day 2012, Vic Wharton got the 2014 recruiting class kicked off for the Vols. The 4* athlete not only committed to play for Butch Jones and the University of Tennessee, but he also had a big hand in helping recruit the rest of the class along with Todd Kelly Jr., Jalen Hurd, and others.

"The process started with Vic Wharton…We challenged him to champion this recruiting class.” Jones said about starting the class. Dubbed the Legacy Class, the 2014 class is full of players with UT bloodlines. Wharton, Kelly Jr., Dillon Bates, Neiko Creamer, Evan and Elliot Berry, and Josh Malone all have family ties to the UT athletic program. Family is what Butch Jones has preached to prospective recruits, as by all accounts this is a very close-knit group of signees. “This is the closest knit group I have ever been associated with in recruiting." Jones said.

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Why Jalen Hurd Will Save the Vols Ground Game

By Brad Shepard
Feb. 4, 2014

  Jalen Hurd is the most celebrated commitment in Tennessee's vaunted recruiting class, and he will carry the football—along with the burden of massive expectations—extensively in 2014 and beyond. As the Volunteers rebuild the program back to respectability, Hurd will be Butch Jones' centerpiece, becoming the first star back in Knoxville since Arian Foster. The 4-star early enrollee from Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn. has everything you could hope for in a premiere running back.

He's 6'3", 227 pounds and he obliterated state rushing records as a junior. He is a versatile athlete who has the power to blow through defenders and the speed to run away from them, and he had one of the most impressive offer sheets in the nation. He's also the marquee member of a running backs class that analysts have praised. Ryan Bartow of 247Sports lauded UT's triumvirate of 4-star Hurd, 4-star Derrell Scott and 3-star Treyvon Paulk in an interview with GoVols247's Wes Rucker (subscription required).

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