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Everything Jalin Hyatt said about his breakout freshman season

Vols freshman wide receiver Jalin Hyatt has been one of the few bright spots for Tennessee this season.

Hyatt met with the media on Tuesday for the first time to discuss his path to earning early playing time, being faster than everybody, developing a relationship with Harrison Bailey, and where he is as a route-runner.

Here’s everything Hyatt had to say:

On his reaction when he heard Jeremy Pruitt say they need to push the ball downfield more:

 “You like to hear that from a receiver standpoint. You try to do the best for your team and for Coach Pruitt, and whatever he says I’m going to do.”

On how COVID altered his preparation:

“Before I got here with COVID going on, just staying on the field, just being prepared to come to Tennessee. When I got here, what I had to learn about is it’s definitely a different ballgame. You have to have stronger hands, you have to be stronger on the field, more physical. I had to learn that when I got here and definitively learned it in fall camp.”

On when he realized he was faster than everybody:

“My eighth-grade year I was very slow, but my ninth-grade year, I started getting in the weight room and I guess my body started forming up. I went to a regional opening and that was my first time running a 40 and that time I ran a 4.4, so I knew I had confidence after that. The next time I ran a 40 it went down to a 4.31, and then the last time I ran it, it was a 4.29. When I knew I started running those times my confidence got higher and I knew I was faster than everybody else.”

On if the wide receivers get together with the quarterbacks outside of practice:

“We try to do it before practice, just in film and really scouting the secondary so you know their flaws and their weaknesses and strengths. After practice from a receiver’s point we just try to catch balls and catch as many as we can. With the quarterback and receiver relationship, we have a great relationship. I trust all the quarterbacks and I just can’t wait to go and play Texas A&M.”

On the second half issues for Tennessee:

“The problems with the second half is self-explanatory. We just have to be more explosive. We need to come out and act like the first half didn’t happen and come out the second half 0-0. That’s the mindset we have to have coming out of halftime.

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