WATCH: Tennessee Players Open Up Game Week in Knoxville

    by -

    The first game week of the Tennessee Volunteers football season has officially arrived.

    On Monday afternoon in Knoxville, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel and selected players met with the media to discuss their thoughts on the opening week.

    Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman, tight end Jacob Warren, and defensive lineman Omari Thomas all spoke to the media and gave some insights into their thoughts on the season, how they feel about their position group, personal goals, and much more.

    After the conclusion of the press conferences on Monday, Tennessee distributed its first official week one depth chart of the season.

    Tennessee will open the season this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET against Ball State in Neyland Stadium.

    Check out Rocky Top Insider‘s video press conferences from Monday below.

    More from RTI: WATCH: Josh Heupel Previews Season Opener Against Ball State

    Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman

    On his confidence entering the 2022 season

    “Right now, you know, obviously it’s high. I’ve kind of mentioned before, really to me, I’ve always had confidence in myself, kind of know what I can do. So this year there have been a few things that I’ve changed up preparation-wise but I’m excited about the season. I’ve got all the confidence in the world and whatever I can do to help my team win, that’s what I plan to do.”

    Tennessee TE Jacob Warren

    On his excitement to officially kick off the season this Thursday in Neyland Stadium

    “Obviously, I’m super excited because there’s a lot of preseason talk, there are a lot of watch lists, rankings, predictions, and everything like that. That’s exciting, but what we’re here to do is we’re here to play ball, so that’s kind of what we get to do this weekend. We don’t have to play our own teammates; we can really go hit somebody else. We’re excited to just get out there and see what the preparation leads to.”

    Tennessee DL Omari Thomas

    On playing more snaps this year

    “I want to play as many as Coach (Rodney) Gardner wants me to play. I want to play as many to help the team. No matter how many snaps that is, if it’s for the team then I’m trying to do it.”

    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.