Tennessee Players React to Tough Pittsburgh Loss

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    Tennessee players speak to the media after the loss to Pittsburgh.

    The Tennessee Volunteers football team fell just short in their game against Pittsburgh in the Johnny Majors Classic. After valiant comeback attempts, Tennessee fell to Pittsburgh by a score of 41-34.

    The game, however, never ran short on compelling storylines involving both sides. Players on both teams seem to have been injured frequently, although Tennessee’s injuries were more substantial. By the time the second half began, the Vols were down five offensive starters. Those players were Jabari Small, Tiyon Evans, Joe Milton, Cooper Mays, and Jalin Hyatt.

    Small, Milton, and Hyatt all went down with injuries during the game. Meanwhile, Mays and Evans were ruled out before the game began.

    After the game, some of the Tennessee players met with the media to talk about the loss.

    Wide receiver Jimmy Calloway, tight end Jacob Warren, and defensive backs Theo Jackson and Christian Charles all met with the media to discuss the game. During which, the players talked about all of the obstacles that they had to overcome. They also talked about big plays and moments they had, where the team can improve, and what they expect to work on in camp this week.

    The Tennessee players will be back in Neyland Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 18, at noon ET. The Vols will welcome Tennessee Tech in as they look for their second win.

    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel also spoke to the media after the loss to Pittsburgh. The Vols’ coach spoke about his quarterback situation, his thoughts on the game, and more.

    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.