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The Rocky Talk Podcast is a daily podcast covering Tennessee Volunteers athletics hosted by Josh Ward of Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville, TN.

The Rocky Talk Podcast is a daily podcast covering Tennessee Volunteers athletics hosted by Josh Ward of Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville, TN.
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The Rocky Talk Podcast is a daily podcast covering Tennessee Volunteers athletics hosted by Josh Ward of Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville, TN.








Players who need to help Tennessee's quarterbacks this football season

Tennessee's quarterbacks can't do it all. While they are very important for how this season will go, other position groups will play a big role as well. Some highlights for today's show: • Jeremy Pruitt updates the QB race and what the coaches are looking for from the quarterbacks. • David Ubben of The Athletic made an interesting point regarding the offensive line; Josh Ward address that on the show. • Hear from offensive coordinator Tyson Helton, who discusses both the offensive line and...


Ep. 32: Examing how close Tennessee's quarterback battle might be after nine fall practices

Today's show is presented by The Athletic - a site with great writers covering sports around the country. Save 40% on your first-year subscription - that's only $2.99 per month - at • Josh Ward begins today's show with a health update on several players, including offensive lineman Trey Smith. • Coach Jeremy Pruitt explains what he's seen from Tennessee's quarterback battle through nine practices. How much separation is there, if any? • David Ubben of The Athletic...


Episode 31: A legendary coach offers high praise for Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt

Hear from head coach Jeremy Pruitt and linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. on today's show. Some highlights for today: • Josh Ward begins with high praise directed toward Pruitt by a hall of fame football coach. • Kirkland explains why he decided to remain at Tennessee, and Josh discusses why that's really good news for the Vols' defense. Pruitt also weighs in on how Kirkland can help Tennessee. • Pruitt describes what he has seen from Tennessee in the first week of camp. As you might expect,...


Ep. 30: The oddsmakers have it wrong on Tennessee's quarterback battle

Online oddsmakers have made Keller Chryst the heavy favorite to be Tennessee's starting quarterback when the season begins on Sept. 1. Josh Ward explains on today's show why he thinks that's wrong. Other highlights from today's show: • Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton describes what he has seen from Guarantano. • Helton also tells you what Tennessee needs from its quarterback position. • Josh has several notes from Wednesday's practice, which had the team in full pads...


Ep. 29: The Tennessee football team receives an important message about life off the field

• Josh Ward discusses a position group that might have more depth than we originally thought in the spring. • SiriusXM host and college football reporter Rachel Baribeau joins the show to tell you about her recent visit to Knoxville to talk to Tennessee's football team about life off the field. • Tennessee is a finalist for a big-time athlete out of Griffin, Ga. Find out about him and the Vols' chance of landing him ahead of his scheduled announcement. • Today's show is brought to you by The...


Ep. 28: The Tennessee football team needs these players to emerge as leaders this season

Rundown for Episode 28: • Josh Ward looks at players who could step into leadership roles. Hear from one of those players - linebacker Daniel Bituli, who has stood out to head coach Jeremy Pruitt. • Josh finds an interesting note from David Ubben's most recent story on Tennessee hiring Pruitt to replace Butch Jones. • Bill Connelly of SB Nation helps preview Tennessee and discuss the good and bad of the Vols' current situation. (Bill's 2018 preview of Tennessee: • A...


Ep. 27: Tennessee quarterbacks show "a lot of good and a lot of bad" to start fall camp

Tennessee held an open practice for fans and the media on Sunday. Today's show includes a lot of information from Sunday and the first three practices of fall camp. Notes on today's show: • Josh Ward gives three takeaways from what he saw on Sunday. • One of those takeaways includes the play of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. Hear from what head coach Jeremy Pruitt said about the QBs (5:50 mark). • Josh talks to David Ubben of The Athletic (7:15 mark) about the start of Tennessee's camp,...


Ep. 26: Jeremy Pruitt offers his expectation for Tennessee's quarterback battle

It's finally time for fall practice. Tennessee will hit the practice field on Friday to begin season No. 1 under head coach Jeremy Pruitt. On today's show, hear from Pruitt as he discusses Trey Smith's status, what he expects from his team and the upcoming quarterback battle. You'll also hear from co-defensive coordinator Chris Rumph, who delivered a powerful message when he met with the media on Thursday. Josh Ward explains why he would like to hear more of that from Tennessee's coaches/...


Ep. 25: Major college football news, Jeremy Pruitt meeting the media and an Auburn preview

There are several items to cover on today's show. There was major college football news on Wednesday when Ohio State placed coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave following Brett McMurphy's reporting on an alleged incident involving domestic violence allegations made against a former Ohio State assistant coach. Hear McMurphy explain why he believes Meyer has coached his last game at Ohio State. Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will meet with the media on Thursday. Josh Ward covers a...


Episode 24: Tennessee football receives big news both on and off the field

Today's show begins with good news for Tennessee and offensive lineman Trey Smith. According to Chris Low of ESPN, Smith has been cleared by doctors to return to the field this fall. He will resume contact activities in mid-August and should be ready to play in the season opener against West Virginia on Sept. 1. Hear from Smith, who talks about the difficult time he went through understanding the medical situation and how anxious he is to return to the field after missing time. Cole...


Ep. 23: Why Jarrett Guarantano should be confident + Derek Dooley's impact at Missouri

Today's show begins with a note on Tennessee's quarterback competition. Jarrett Guarantano goes in as the slight favorite to win the job, according to Josh Ward, with grad transfer Keller Chryst having a legitimate chance to be Tennessee's starter when the season begins on Sept. 1. Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch joins the show to talk about Missouri, an opponent for Tennessee in November that could have a big impact on the Vols' final record. Learn more about Derek...


Ep. 22: Tennessee's football recruiting success continues with two more commitments

Tennessee had a successful recruiting weekend as the Vols landed two cornerback commitments. Josh Ward begins the show talking about the latest additions to the class and the impact they could make for Tennessee. Josh also has info on the updated recruiting rankings and how the Vols compare to some of their SEC rivals. Hear from CBS Sports writer Barrett Sallee, who talks about coach Jeremy Pruitt's personality and his chance to grow in the front of the media. Today's newcomer to know is...


Ep. 21: Tennessee hopes to continue its football recruiting momentum this weekend

Today's show includes a mixture of Tennessee football on the field and Vols recruiting off the field. Oddsmakers have updated their line for the Tennessee-West Virginia game on Sept. 1. Josh Ward talks about the number for the Vols' opener. Jesse Simonton of joins the show to discuss Tennessee's approach on the recruiting, the Vols' big weekend coming up and the start of fall camp, which is only one week away. Trevon Flowers is today's newcomer to know. The freshman defensive...


Ep. 20: Figuring out Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt's recruiting approach for the Vols

Tennessee received commitment No. 15 in the 2019 class on Wednesday. Learn about him on today's show as Josh Ward takes a look at how Tennessee's class is coming together. There's an obvious trend from the last few weeks. Hear from coach Jeremy Pruitt talking about the high school background of his coaching staff as well as an important player returning to this year's team. writer Adam Rittenberg talks about Georgia, the team Tennessee (and everyone else) is trying to catch in the...


Ep. 19: National writer explains why he thinks Jeremy Pruitt was a good hire for Tennessee

The latest episode of Rocky Talk features an interview with ESPN writer David Hale, who wrote an interesting piece recently on turnovers in college football. How much control do teams really have over them? One thing we know is Jeremy Pruitt's defenses have been very effective forcing turnovers. Hale explains why that might be and also weighs in on Tennessee's decision to hire Pruitt. Hale believes UT has a good coach in Pruitt. There's also info for you to know on Tennessee's fan day,...


Episode 18: Oddsmakers weigh in on Tennessee's quarterback battle

Today's show begins with news of Tennessee dismissing defensive end Ryan Thaxton, who was charged last week with domestic assault and false imprisonment. Josh Ward looks at Tennessee's defensive line and goes over some of the names to pay attention to when practice begins next week. A betting site has put out odds on Tennessee's quarterback battle. Which player is most likely to be Tennessee's starter at the beginning of the season? Find out on the show. And freshman defensive lineman John...


Episode 17: What the media's picks say about the state of Tennessee football

Today's show begins with a look at the media's picks for the upcoming season in the SEC. Josh Ward talks about where the Vols are picked as well as notes from the preseason All-SEC teams. Tennessee has only one player selected. Hear what that says about Tennessee. Coach Jeremy Pruitt talks about the difference you'll see in the Vols' roster this fall, and Stewart Mandel of The Athletic discusses Tennessee's future and its attempt to catch up to Alabama and Georgia. There's also recruiting...


Episode 16: Tennessee's players promise they've worked to help bring the Vols back

Friday's show spends more time with Tennessee's players and coach and Jeremy Pruitt at SEC Media Days. Hear from defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, who discusses the importance of his off-field work, as well as tight end Eli Wolf. Josh Ward also plays some audio from Pruitt, who tells a funny story of his days working with Georgia coach Kirby Smart. Florida defensive end CeCe Jefferson tells us what Tennessee is getting from outside linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Chris Rumph.


Episode 15: Wednesday was a good day for Tennessee and coach Jeremy Pruitt

Tennessee was at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, and there was plenty for the Vols to discuss with the media. On today's show, Josh Ward discusses head coach Jeremy Pruitt's performance at the event. Hear from Pruitt as he answers questions about Aaron Murray's comments as well as his working relationship with athletic director Phillip Fulmer. Hear from Tennessee wide receiver Marquez Callaway, who has a message for Tennessee fans and also weighs in on UT's quarterbacks. Pruitt delivered very...


Episode 14: SEC Network analyst explains why rebuilding Tennessee will be so challenging

Today's show features an interview with Cole Cubelic, an analyst on the SEC Network and radio host on "3 Man Front" on WJOX in Birmingham. Cubelic explains to Josh Ward why he thinks Tennessee's Trey Smith could be the best offensive lineman in the country. Cubelic also details the challenges Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt will face as he tries to help the Vols return to a championship level. He also looks at the top storylines of the upcoming SEC season. Also on the show, hear why...