Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel met with the media on Thursday morning in Knoxville for the final time this week before the Vols host No. 1 Georgia on Saturday afternoon in Neyland Stadium.
Heupel’s Thursday press conference was short and sweet, as usual. The third-year Tennessee coach spoke about the Vols’ young wide receivers stepping up, young linebackers getting more playing time with injuries in the position room, the STAR position, and Eli Drinkwitz’s postgame comment from Saturday in Columbia.
“Every experience you get, in practice and during the course of a ball game throughout the season, makes you who you’re going to become,” Heupel said on Thursday. “Those guys (LB Jeremiah Telander, LB Kalib Perry) need to play well in this one. They’ve had a good week of preparation. They’ve grown over the course of the season. They need to step up and play well.”
Tennessee has quite the challenge on its hands this week with No. 1 Georgia heading into Neyland Stadium. The Vols have won 14 straight home games dating back to their loss at home against Georgia in 2021. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are looking for their 26th consecutive victory when they roll into Knoxville on Saturday. Something will have to give as the Vols and Bulldogs look to continue their respective streaks late in the 2023 season.
No. 18 Tennessee will host No. 1 Georgia at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS this Saturday in Knoxville.
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Check out Josh Heupel’s quick press conference from Thursday in Knoxville below.