WATCH: Tennessee Players Discuss Final Stages of Training Camp

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    KNOXVILLE, TN – Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker at the Vols’ training camp on Wednesday.

    Three Tennessee players met with the media on Wednesday in Knoxville after the Vols’ morning practice. With Tennessee wrapping up training camp and the season knocking on the door, Hendon Hooker, Trevon Flowers, and Jimmy Holiday all spoke about where the team is in terms of getting ready for the reason.

    After a full schedule of workouts and practices, though, each player also has a better understanding of their own personal growth in addition to the team. All three players talked on Wednesday about the goals they set and where they have improved their own game from this year to last.

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    Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker

    On his own personal growth from last year to this year:

    “Just being relaxed. Not being too antsy, not trying to force things, but just letting the game come to me and having fun, having a great time out there with my teammates. They encourage me to come out every day and continue to keep my head down and lead the way that they need me to. So, really just doing my day-to-day emphasis, which is just getting better and focusing on leading, in the classroom, getting on film, communicating at a high-level has been something I have been trying to work on.”

    Tennessee Safety Trevon Flowers

    On his own personal growth from last year to this year:

    “I just have to take the next step, I got to make more plays. My ball skills are good, I got to be able to show everybody my balls skills. Literally everything and every category I can improve. From tackling to being a leader, play-calling, to seeing formation and seeing what the offense likes to do. I have looked back at myself and had to tell myself I need to be better. I don’t think I did great last year, honestly. I know I can do way more so, I am just locked in and ready to improve.”

    Tennessee WR Jimmy Holiday

    On his own personal growth from last year to this year:

    “I would just say speed, coming at the ball. In year two, trusting my hands more. I think transitioning in the first year of the offense, kind of struggled with catching the ball. Still, it’s a day-to-day thing, just catching the balls every day.”

    Tennessee will open the season against Ball State on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Knoxville, Tennessee. The SEC Network will have the broadcast on television.

    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.