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Tennessee Football: Joe Milton III named MOST important player for CFP race; Vols WR, LB outlook; NIL collective shuts down

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Preseason hype continues to generate headlines surrounding Tennessee Football players. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker touch on three such players as part of Off the Hook Sports’ Thursday, Aug. 10 podcast. They also take a look at two other Vols positions and analyze what it means that another SEC school’s NIL collective shut down.

Joe Milton named MOST important player for CFP race

In ESPN’s list ranking the 25 most important players for the College Football Playoff race, Tennessee Football quarterback Joe Milton III came in at No. 1. Part of this is because the Vols’ success will be dictated by Milton’s success and the questions surrounding how good he could be.

Two Tennessee Football RBs on Doak Walker watch list

Running backs Jabari Small and Jaylen Wright both made the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list. Tennessee Football has never had a player win the award, although many felt that Travis Stephens should have won it in 2001 when he lost to BYU Cougars running back Luke Staley. Could either Vol win it this year?

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WR preview for Tennessee Football

Despite losing Jalin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman to the NFL, Tennessee Football brings in high expectations at the wide receiver position. Bru McCoy and Ramel Keyton are two returning starters, Squirrel White brings a ton of potential and Oregon Ducks transfer Dont’e Thornton is an elite addition.

LB preview for Tennessee Football

Lack of depth at linebacker last year cost Tennessee Football at the South Carolina Gamecocks when they had to suspend Jeremy Banks. This year, Banks is gone, but the Vols added Arion Carter along with BYU transfer Keenan Pili, and they return Aaron Beasley. As a result, could they be better this year?

Texas A&M NIL collective shuts down

The Texas A&M Aggies’ name, image and likeness collective, the 12th Man+ Fund, is shutting down after threats from the IRS. That was the second largest collective, according to ON3, only behind the Vols’, which is Spyre Sports. Will this be an ongoing problem with schools in the future?

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