Vols Ranked 15 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Knoxville (WVLT/AP) – The University of Tennessee Volunteers have apparently caught the eyes of the nation's coaches in the off season. The Vols are ranked 15th in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Top 25 poll released Friday.

The Vols are coming off a 9-4 season which culminated with an appearance in the Outback Bowl and finished the 2006-07 season ranked 25 in the Associated Press Poll and 23 in the Coaches’ Poll. Head Coach Phillip Fulmer and the Volunteers take to the field for the first official day of practice Friday.

USC is at the top of the preseason Coaches’ Poll, taking 45 first-place votes.

Two SEC schools are on the heels of the Trojans, LSU is ranked second, followed by Florida in third. Georgia at 13, Auburn at 14 and Arkansas ranked 20th round out the six ranked Southeastern Conference schools

Three other SEC received votes in the Coaches Poll. South Carolina walked away with 90 votes, Alabama took 16 votes and Kentucky received one vote in the poll.

The initial Associated Press poll comes out next week.

1. USC (45) 0-0 1,481
2. LSU (4) 0-0 1,372
3. Florida (9) 0-0 1,278
4. Texas 0-0 1,231
5. Michigan (2) 0-0 1,218
6. West Virginia 0-0 1,205
7. Wisconsin 0-0 1,114
8. Oklahoma 0-0 1,026
9. Virginia Tech 0-0 1,005
10. Ohio State 0-0 919
11. Louisville 0-0 836
12. California 0-0 763
13. Georgia 0-0 604
14. Auburn 0-0 595
15. Tennessee 0-0 583
16. Rutgers 0-0 466
17. UCLA 0-0 454
18. Penn State 0-0 440
19. Nebraska 0-0 388
20. Arkansas 0-0 360
21. Florida State 0-0 301
22. TCU 0-0 233
23. Boise State 0-0 222
24. Hawaii 0-0 214
25. Texas A&M 0-0 209

Others Recieving Votes
Boston College 150, Georgia Tech 150, Miami (FL) 91, Notre Dame 90, South Carolina 90, Wake Forest 71, Missouri 58, Oregon State 52, Brigham Young 47, Clemson 30, Oregon 30, South Florida 26, Texas Tech 20, Alabama 16, Oklahoma State 15, Southern Miss 14, Iowa 12, Kansas State 8, Memphis 5, Houston 4, Arizona 1, Duke 1, Kentucky 1, Washington State 1.


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