UPDATE: The SEC Media Days media members have picked the Vols to finish third overall in the SEC East in the upcoming season.
The Vols received 998 points in the Eastern Devision with three first place votes, with Georgia taking the number one spot to win the East with 138 votes and Florida occupying number two with 96 votes.
Vanderbilt received one surprising first place vote but is expected to finish second-to-last in the East, with Missouri occupying the bottom spot.
July 14, 2017
SEC Media Day Preseason Predictions:@FootballUGA to win the SEC East
Alabama received a commanding 225 first place votes to lead the Western Division standings. The media members also predicted with overwhelming confidence the Crimson Tide would win it all in the SEC this year with 217 points. Compare that to second-place Auburn, which received the just 11 points.
More detailed insights on Friday's announcement are available on the SEC's website.
Things look a lot different at SEC Media Days for Tennessee this year. In 2016, the Vols were the talk of the town, the favorite to win the SEC East. Not the case this season, but that doesn't seem to bother head coach Butch Jones.
"I think we did a study and who the so called 'experts' pick to win it and it usually never happens, so again, all we can focus on are ourselves. Sometimes, you're always looking to what's next, sometimes you step back and you look at, we're talking on the plane of how far we've come in four years."
We'll have more from Jones once he visits the TV media room.
Butch Jones and the players had a chance to speak with local media before SEC Media Days. Here are some of the highlights from the conversations.
Kendal Vickers says he's excited to see John Kelly break out this year. Says everyone on the team loves him.— WBIR Sports (@WBIRSports) July 10, 2017
Butch says the addition of new coaches have definitely helped matters & helped w. competitive makeup. Players have to prove themselves again— WBIR Sports (@WBIRSports) July 10, 2017
Butch says Shy Tuttle was running last week and expects to participate in fall camp. No estimate on when he'll be able to play.— WBIR Sports (@WBIRSports) July 10, 2017
Butch on 7 on 7 work this summer: "Very productive." There have been times when coaches have had to step in and tell players to go home— WBIR Sports (@WBIRSports) July 10, 2017
Butch says there's still no time table on naming a starting quarterback— WBIR Sports (@WBIRSports) July 10, 2017
Before Tennessee gets a chance to talk with the media, take a tour of SEC Media Days 2017 with WBIR 10 sports anchor, Patrick Murray.
Tennessee has arrived at SEC Media Days 2017. Before swinging by their hotel suite, Butch Jones, Emmanuel Moseley, Kendal Vickers and Jashon Robertson stopped to sign autographs. The team will begin meeting with media at 2 p.m. CST.
The Tennessee Vols will take part of Day 1 of SEC Media Days on Monday in Hoover, Alabama. Head coach Butch Jones, and players Kendal Vickers, Emmanuel Moseley and Jashon Robertson will represent the team.
The coach and players will begin making the rounds at 3:30 EST.
Tennessee was favored by many to win the SEC East last year, but finished the season with a 9-4 record, including a 38-24 win over Nebraska in the Music City Bowl.
There is still much to learn about Team 121. A camp quarterback battle is on the horizon, new assistant coaches are adding their own touch to the team and new leaders have to emerge.
Tennessee will be joined by Arkansas and LSU at SEC Media Days on Monday.
Be sure to stay tuned here, as the article will be updated throughout the day with all the sights and sounds from Hoover.