– Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean reports that despite success, Vanderbilt football season-ticket sales are down. “Last year, about 18,500 season tickets were sold, and Vanderbilt celebrated a nine-win season for the first time since 1915. Vanderbilt went over 16,200 season tickets this past week, Director of Sales and Marketing Steve Walsh said. The season opener is Aug. 29 against Ole Miss.”
– John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel thinks Phil Fulmer should look in the mirror. The former Tennessee coach said recently that a turnover in the president’s office at UT led to his downfall. Adams disagrees.
– Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free press writes that Nate Peterman may be Tennessee’s best quarterback for now. “But Peterman can do more than manage. He can make all the throws — at least he did Saturday — including what was probably the best completion of the night by any QB. That was a 48-yard bullet down the middle of the field to Devrin Young from the offense’s own 2-yard line. Said one observer of the Vols’ first two weeks of practice: ‘We haven’t seen a throw like that all month.'”
– Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com writes that you don’t have to take a poll to know that Alabama is No. 1. “Only one other program has a longer streak of getting to the top of poll mountain than Alabama. Miami reached the AP’s top spot for seven straight seasons from 1986-92, but the Hurricanes did it under two head coaches in Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson. It’ll be up to the 2014 Alabama team to match that streak, but first things first. It’s not easy to start first and finish there.”
– Hugh Kellenberger of Clarion-Ledger reports that Ole Miss has a deep group of linebackers. True freshman Robert Nkemdiche should play a large role in the Rebels defense.
– James Creapa of the Montgomery Advertiser reports that Nick Marshall’s improvisational skills helped land him the starting quarterback job at Auburn. “The Georgia High School Association career record holder for touchdown passes (103) began to feel at ease with Malzahn’s hurry-up, no-huddle offense during the second week of preseason camp.”
– Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald reports that Florida has shown a pair of impressive freshmen in the secondary. Vernon Hargreaves III and Keanu Neal should both get playing time for the Gators.