Fresh off of the bye week, the Tennessee Volunteers football team was back on the practice field this week. Although, due to the weather, spent a little bit of time both inside and outside.
The Vols are powering through Josh Heupel’s inaugural season at Tennessee, currently with a 4-4 record. Additionally, the Vols are sitting at 2-3 in the SEC, with wins over South Carolina and Missouri.
Tennessee’s overall health was becoming a relatively-quickly rising concern for Tennessee, which was evident in their last few games. But, in reality, Tennessee has been dealing with a thin roster and injury concerns for the entire season. While, yes, every team deals with health challenges throughout the year, Heupel’s initial roster was already slimmer than most. Therefore, after eight straight games to begin the season, it was nice for Tennessee to have a minute to rest and heal up.
“I feel an accomplishment that I had was just getting away from sports for a little bit,” Tennessee DB Alontae Taylor said on Tuesday. “Clearing my mind. Kind of been down a little bit as far as mentally, so just worked on my mental health a little bit. I went to Wake Forest because my cousin plays at Wake Forest. So, I went and watched them play against Duke. It was fun being around my family but seeing football from the outside and not stressing or thinking too much about the game and just enjoying myself with them.”
Additionally, Tennessee running back Jabari Small also echoed the same optimism from the bye week.
“Yeah, I’m very excited,” Small said about being back in the building and getting ready for a game on Saturday. “I feel like that’s a big part in the bye week, just getting healthy. That should be fun. When we’re all healthy we feel as if we have a lot of confidence to winning the game. I’m very excited.”
So, back with fresh legs, the Vols’ football team hit the field this week to get ready for a challenging opponent in Kentucky. Below are the video highlights of Tennessee’s Week 10 practices, courtesy of Tennessee Athletics.