Tennessee football podcast: Fake media rumors, negativity potential distractions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee fans who haven’t been checking their Twitter or SEC Country phone app the past few days might be in for a surprise.

There have been a lot of comings and going for the Vols as Tennessee approaches a boom-or-bust noon ET kickoff against South Carolina on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: ESPN).

With a win, the Vols will be off to their second-best start in 10 years at 4-2.

A loss, however, would drop Tennessee to 0-3 in SEC play this season with a trip to No. 1-ranked Alabama on deck.

Vols coach Butch Jones announced Monday that Tennessee defensive end Darrell Taylor — arguably the “Alpha Dog” of the defense — is suspended after a practice fight with offensive lineman Trey Smith last week.

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The good news is that the Vols defense gets back Austin Smith, a strongside linebacker who was projected to start entering fall camp before being sidelined by a knee injury.

The other big news — legitimate news — has been the quarterback depth chart, where redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano was elevated over junior incumbent Quinten Dormady.

RELATED: Jarrett Guarantano in position for first career start, rumors abound

The transaction fueled fake media rumors that Dormady had quit the program (false), and led one website to say Dormady was “contemplating his future.”

RELATED: Dormady shows up for Tuesday practice, competition ongoing

Aren’t we all.

Whoever is under center will have the benefit of receiver Marquez Callaway returning from the head/neck injury he suffered in the second half of the 41-0 loss to Georgia on Sept. 30.

SEC Country reporter Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss how the Vols must deal with all the rumors and negativity surrounding the team has they prep for South Carolina.

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