WATCH: Tim Banks Talks Seniors, Vanderbilt

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    Tennessee defensive coordinator Tim Banks met with the media Tuesday ahead of the Vols’ regular season finale against Vanderbilt.

    Banks talked about the Vols’ defense this season, how they overcame expectations but didn’t put a cap on what they could achieve.

    In fact, the first year defensive coordinator said he didn’t watch any game tape from last season, instead wanting to learn about what his players could and couldn’t do on the practice field.

    With Thanksgiving Thursday, Banks discussed what he is thankful for in his first season in Knoxville.

    “I’m thankful with my family, first and foremost,” Banks said. “I get an opportunity to see those guys this weekend, and then my football family. My players, these players have been awesome. Our football staff, we spend more time with our players and football staff than we do with our actual families so I tell young coaches this all the time, I’m at a point in my career I just want to be with good people. Life is short, your football career is even shorter, so I want to spend it with people I genuinely enjoy coming to work with. I can honestly say from coach Heup, to the defensive staff, to our players, it’s been tremendous even with the highs and lows. It’s been a great opportunity to be here and I’m thankful for it.”

    Banks also discussed the challenge’s Vanderbilt’s offense presents, including dual threat quarterback Mike Wright, and what this senior class has meant to him.

    Tennessee and Vanderbilt kick off from Neyland Stadium at 3:45 p.m. ET Saturday. The SEC Network will broadcast the game.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.

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