WATCH: Tennessee Football Bowl Practice Highlights – Friday

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    With less than two weeks remaining until the Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Tennessee football team was back on the field for practice on Friday morning. Led by head coach Josh Heupel, the Vols have been back at work throughout this week after a short break for fall exams following the regular season.

    The week has been a busy one for Tennessee, both on and off the field. Throughout the course of the week, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, wide receiver Cedric Tillman, and offensive lineman Cade Mays all made an announcement regarding their future in the 2022 season. On Sunday evening, Hooker announced that he would be returning to Tennessee for his final year. However, on Tuesday, Tillman said that while his decision has been made, he is not ready to make that announcement yet. Then, on Wednesday, Mays said on the Tennessee Prime show that he was “50/50” about what he would be doing in the future.

    On the field, though, the Vols have been back at it. Tennessee is preparing to take on Purdue in the Music City Bowl, which will be only the Vols second bowl appearance in the last five years. The Boilermakers enter the game in Nashville with an impressive record of 8-4 and with two Top 5 wins under their belt.

    The Music City Bowl will take place on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 3:00 p.m. ET. ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Tennessee a 51.6 percent chance to win the game in Nissan Stadium.

    Below is footage from the Tennessee football bowl practice on Friday morning from the indoor and outdoor facilities in Knoxville. To get caught up with the whole week, check out Monday’s practice highlights and Tuesday’s practice highlights here.

    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.