WATCH: Tennessee Football Hits The Practice Field During Bye Week

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    Quarterback Hendon Hooker (#5) at the Tennessee Football practice Wednesday. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

    Without a game coming up this Saturday, the Tennessee football facility has been awfully quiet this week. On Tuesday night, the team hosted a Family Halloween Night, where players gave out candy to the children of staff and players.

    However, once the family-friendly fun and games were over on Tuesday, the Vols went back to work on Wednesday. Tennessee had their first on-field practice of the bye week on Wednesday morning on the indoor field.

    The Vols are 4-4 on the year, with a record of 2-3 in conference play. Tennessee lost last Saturday in a gritty match-up against Alabama as the Vols put the Tide on notice for the first three-quarters of the game. However, Alabama was dominant in the fourth quarter, closing out Tennessee as the Vols’ gas tank hit empty.

    During his press conference on Wednesday morning, Heupel spoke about how vital the bye week is for health reasons, especially for Tennessee right now.

    “You guys know, I said it after the ball game too, important that we get a bunch of guys healthy here this week,” Heupel said on Wednesday. “That will be really important for us. And then, an opportunity for us to sharpen our skills and get better, too.”

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    Tennessee HC Josh Heupel and QB Hendon Hooker at football practice on Wednesday. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

    Balancing both getting better on the field and getting healthy off of it, Tennessee’s team ran through practice as they mix in workouts, meetings, and film sessions during the week. Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker did go through practice as usual, although, is still wearing his knee brace from the injury against Ole Miss.

    “I feel good,” Hooker said on Monday. “I’m planning on going to see my family in North Carolina [during the bye week]. And to see my little brother play at North Carolina A&T.”

    It looks as though during his off time, Hooker will still be watching the sport of college football. Hooker’s younger brother, Alston Hooker, is a freshman quarterback at N.C. A&M. Hooker, No. 11, has not played through their first seven games of his first season. The Aggies are currently 3-4 on the year and third in the Big South.

    Below are the highlights for the Tennessee football team’s practice on Wednesday morning during the bye week.

    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.