WATCH: Tennessee Bowl Practice Highlights – Hendon Hooker In the Pocket

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    The Tennessee Volunteers football team was back on the practice field on Monday morning in Knoxville. The team is getting ready for their upcoming bowl game in the Music City Bowl at the end of December. After a few weeks of rest following the regular season, and some time to finish up fall exams, the team is now hard at work in preparation.

    After a stretch of good news on the recruiting trail lately, Tennessee received some massive news on Sunday afternoon in regards to their future. After one dynamic year at Tennessee, quarterback Hendon Hooker announced his plan to stay with the team next year as opposed to going pro. Hooker helped lead Tennessee to a Top 10 offense nationally in his first year with Josh Heupel, which means that expectations will be even higher next season.

    The team looked energized and ready to move around during the practice. It seemed like the early Monday morning was no problem for a team that was just fired up and excited to be back on the field in December. The media was only allowed to observe the beginning of practice, but from what we did see, it looked like the main idea of the drills was just to get the players back moving around and back in the practice mindset.

    Something of note, not that it is a surprise, but defensive lineman Caleb Tremblay was moving around with a purpose. Tremblay was consistently one of if not the first in line for drills, moving at a motivated speed and with purpose. For many Tennessee seniors, including Tremblay, this last stretch leading up to bowl season will be their last time suiting up for the big orange as a player.

    Below are some highlights from the Vols’ Music City Bowl practice on Monday morning in Knoxville.

    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.