Tennessee HC Josh Heupel Kicks Off Week Three With QB and Injury Updates

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    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel at his Monday press conference.

    Josh Heupel is officially heading into his third regular-season week as the Tennessee football head coach. Heupel’s Vols are 1-1 after a back-and-forth loss to Pittsburgh in week two. In addition, heading into week three, there are already several fascinating storylines surrounding the Tennessee football program.

    Heupel hit a number of different topics ranging from player updates to game film impressions. The Tennessee head coach did touch on the Vols’ quarterback situation, along with the current status of both Joe Milton and Hendon Hooker. Heupel also spoke about things he saw, both good and bad, on the game film that he will address this week during Tennessee’s practices.

    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel did announce the debut of a key Tennessee defender for this Saturday. In addition, Heupel spoke some about the early preparation process for the Vols game against Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

    One of the surprise events of Saturday was the loss of Jabari Small midway through the game. Entering the second half, Tennessee did not have either of their 100-yard-rushers from week one. That left the weight on the shoulders of freshman running back Jaylen Wright, who Heupel did find impressive during the game.

    “[Wright] had to carry the bulk of it during the second half,” Heupel said on Monday. “As a young player, he’s going to continue to get better every single week. He did some solid things in the protection game. At times, he ran extremely well with his aiming points and being able to deliver. He’s got to continue to work on getting lower at the point of impact and finding a way to get plus-two at the end of his runs. But he is a young guy that everyone in our program feels really good about.”

    The full week three Monday press conference from Tennessee HC Josh Heupel can be found below. In addition, a few of Tennessee’s players also spoke to the media to kick off the week Monday.

    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.