Zander Horvath Music City Bowl
Tennessee offensive players Hendon Hooker, Jabari Small and Jerome Carvin met with the media Monday afternoon following the Vols’ practice at Vanderbilt.
Hooker — who announced his plans to return for a super senior season earlier this month — discussed the Vols’ preparation for Purdue, his new children’s book of scripture, concerns about the surging COVID-19 cases and more.
Sophomore running back Jabari Small battled injuries throughout his first season as a featured back in the Vols’ offense. Still, the Memphis native rushed for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in the 7-5 regular season.
Small discussed his improving health, the mentally taxing toll of the season, keeping the momentum rolling heading into 2022 and more.
Offensive lineman Jerome Carvin started all 12 games this regular season for Tennessee both at center and left guard as starting center Cooper Mays battled injuries throughout the year. Carvin didn’t allow a sack all season and is returning for his super senior season.
Carvin discussed the number of Tennessee players returning for another season, Purdue’s strong front seven and more.
Tennessee kicks off the Music City Bowl against Purdue at 3 p.m. ET Thursday. ESPN will broadcast the game.