“He’s Like My Big Brother”: Tennessee Players Talk Post Football Practice

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    Tennessee freshman DB De’Shawn Rucker talks to the media after fall camp practice. Photo by Rocky Top Insider.

    The Tennessee Volunteers football team wrapped up their third fall camp football practice on Tuesday. Afterward, some of the Vols’ defensive backs spoke with the media on campus. Three of Tennessee’s defensive backs sat down for a couple of minutes each and talked about what fall camp has been like, as well as their expectations for the future.

    For the most part, the defensive backs talked about the changes to the secondary and how they have been running things with that group. They also spent some time talking about the other players in their group and their position coach, Willie Martinez.

    For continued Tennessee football fall camp practice coverage, stay tuned to Rocky Top Insider. Watch video highlights of Tennessee’s Tuesday morning practice as well as Tuesday’s practice notes and observations there.

    Tennessee DB Doneiko Slaughter

    “It was a huge difference… going from high school to starting against South Carolina. And it was a COVID season.”

    Tennessee DB Christian Charles

    “I’m a freshman, so I’ve never been to a fall camp like this. Meetings, being mentally focused for a long time, that’s been the biggest challenge for me.”

    Tennessee DB De’Shawn Rucker

    “Alontae… he’s like my big brother. We have a program called the Big Brothers program. He took me under his wing and has done a great job.”

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.