When Tennessee is called to the stage at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days, coach Derek Dooley will be joined by a trio of upperclassmen.
Junior quarterback Tyler Bray, junior offensive lineman JaWuan James and senior linebacker Herman Lathers will represent the Vols to a throng of media.
All 14 SEC programs will participate in the three-day media blitz from July 17-19. Day one will feature league newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri, along with South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn and LSU will appear on the July 18. Tennessee will be joined by Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia on July 19, the final day.
UT is coming off a 1-7 conference campaign and a last-place finish in the SEC East. The team’s lone SEC win came over Vanderbilt in an overtime affair at Neyland Stadium. The Vols finished 5-7.
Tennessee started last season with a 3-1 mark behind 1,328 passing yards and 15 touchdowns from Bray. The sophomore’s torrid pace ended with a broken thumb suffered in a home loss to Georgia in the fifth game of the season. Heading into his junior season, Bray ranks seventh on UT’s career touchdown passes list with 35 touchdown passes.
A two year starter for Dooley, James is the anchor at right tackle. He’s started 25 straight games and was a member of the coaches 2010 All-SEC freshman team.
Lathers boasts 116 career tackles in two season of action, but missed the entire 2011 season with a fractured ankle. He started 12 games in 2010 and registered 75 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. Lathers is a two-time academic All-SEC selection.