Tennessee Players Talk Music City Bowl Preparation

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    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.

    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.