The 2018 SEC Media Days will be the first for Jeremy Pruitt as Tennessee’s head football coach. And he’ll be joined by a trio of upperclassmen in Atlanta when the Vols arrive next week.
Tennessee announced on Wednesday that Pruitt will be joined by senior defensive end Kyle Phillips, junior wide receiver Marquez Callaway, and redshirt junior tight end Eli Wolf at Media Days this year.
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The Vols will take the podium and make the media rounds on Wednesday, July 18th during the morning session. They’ll follow Mississippi State and will be followed by Alabama.
This year’s SEC Media Days will be the first for all three of Tennessee’s players, and both Callaway and Wolf will be the first non-seniors to represent the Vols since 2015.
Phillips is the most experienced of the trio, appearing in 29 games in three seasons with Tennessee. The former five-star prospect has totaled 58 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, and four passes defended in his three years with the Vols. Jeremy Pruitt has had nothing but positive things to say about Phillips ever since the spring, raving about his on-field effort and his productivity in the classroom.
Callaway had a strong sophomore campaign last year and looks to be one of the Vols’ primary pass catchers this season. He led the team with five touchdown receptions last season and finished second on the team with 406 receiving yards on 24 catches. He also averaged 8.4 yards per punt return on 13 returns last year.
Wolf is the biggest surprise of the bunch. The former walk-on was awarded a scholarship during fall camp last year, and he saw minimal action during his redshirt sophomore season. But Pruitt and his staff liked what they saw from him in the spring, as he was awarded the Most Improved Player award after the Orange & White Game. Wolf has appeared in just 15 games in his UT career and has just four career catches to his credit.
For the first time, SEC Media Days will be held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, running from July 16-19. During the four-day SEC Media Days event, the Hall of Fame will be home to the coaches’ primary press conferences and serve as the live broadcast headquarters for both ESPN and the SEC Network